Attempted Beheading of Catholic Priest Giving Communion at Mexico City’s Cathedral Suppressed by Mainstream Media

These days, social media is leading the mainstream media everywhere. As a result, news stories formerly suppressed or ‘spun’ are being forced into the open in their raw state. This is definitely the case in tightly-controlled media markets like Mexico, where yesterday a Catholic priest was bloodily attacked while giving Communion to about 30 Mass-goers in … Read more

From Saigon to Surfing and Beyond

The Unlikely Saga of Church Militant’s Christine Niles She was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1974, one year before the city fell to the Communists. Her family had been wealthy and respected; her father a successful civil engineer and chairman of a bank. When the Communists came, they took everything. Fast forward to today, and … Read more

Militant Catholic Film-Maker

He’s a coal miner’s son from the far west of England. Today, he’s making compelling docu-dramas which compete with the best in the business – on both sides of the Atlantic – for America’s EWTN Network. Come along with REGINA as we explore the wonderful world of award-winning film-maker Stefano Mazzeo. This is an unofficial … Read more

Empty Seats

Where are all the great Catholic films? If Christmas is the time for great family films, 2015 marks yet another year where Catholics are absent from the box office.  In this second of a two-part series, REGINA continues our roundtable discussion about this with Catholic film-makers in Australia, France, Italy and the UK. Our first … Read more

The Catholic Film-makers

Featured Photo: Jim Morlino (l) and Daniel Rabourdin on location in France. Film is the future. As anyone who works in social media can tell you, the present and future generations will learn primarily through video​  – online and on TV. But what does this mean for catechesis? As education moves into the Video Age, … Read more

Jesus Lite in ‘Son of God’

by Teresa Limjoco “Son of God” is an abbreviated retelling of the story of Jesus Christ’s last years, which opens with an older St. John the Evangelist recalling his years with Jesus.  The script draws largely on St. John’s Gospel, but also shows Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem followed by quick flashbacks from the Old Testament … Read more

“We Do Not Feel Worthy”

The Astounding Success of De Montfort Music

Each and every new release of their fledgling music company is up for a Grammy Award.

As veterans of global entertainment companies SONY and DreamWorks SKG,  Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons have big-time entertainment business experience- and it shows. But that’s not what’s behind the phenomenal success of upstart De Montfort Music, they say.

So, why would two executives who learned from the best minds in the secular music world start a Catholic music company?

Monica Fitzgibbons sat down with Regina Magazine to tell their amazing story.

Q. Do you see evidence that people are drawn to sacred chant and traditional Orders? If so, why do you think this is?

Yes!!  All of our releases on De Montfort have shot to the top of the Classical Charts in Billboard!  They are up for Grammys!  

On the most basic level, people are hungry for the peace and contemplative moments that are inspired by this art.  

The fact that the music came from the Catholic Church originally and from religious, it is interesting to follow that “model,” so to speak. The music has been covered in all kinds of press outlets, from the faith-based to the mass media.  

There is no “typical” demographic other than to say the feedback we’ve received overwhelmingly points to the fact that on the most basic level, people are hungry for peace and contemplative moments that are inspired by this art.  

It also indicates that beauty reaches hearts in a special way, which provokes a response! This would be the work of something much greater than our company. More often than not the experience for us is almost that of being in the passenger’s seat and marveling at what these religious and the Holy Trinity can do together.  

To see this success is to be in awe of Our Creator.

More often than not the experience for us is almost that of being in the passenger’s seat and marveling at what these religious and the Holy Trinity can do together.  To see this success is to be in awe of Our Creator.

Q.  What made you start De Montfort Music?   

We started De Montfort Music as a way to try to give to art and culture the True and the Beautiful — and to share its roots from the ancient to the present day. We felt there was art that we wanted represented in today’s “conversation” that we felt passionate had an important role in the arts, as it had throughout the ages.

One of the models that was always interesting in our pasts in mainstream entertainment, so to speak, is that we would always try to not only put out the new art but also to trace the influences of the contemporary artist thereby leading to the discovery of more obscure historical content and we would typically try to connect those dots.

We started De Montfort Music as a way to try to give to art and culture the True and the Beautiful — and to share its roots. 

Q. What has been your biggest challenge?

Trying to keep up with these incredible religious and their abilities!! But this has been a good problem to have!

One of the things that has been fun and interesting with De Montfort Music is that we created it solely for Religious Orders, for them to release their music and know that we would create a space for them to do so. 

All of our releases on De Montfort have shot to the top of the Classical Charts in Billboard!  They are up for Grammys!  

Q.  What has been your greatest joy?

Discovering much of this music personally, but also bringing to the world original material created by these beautiful Religious Orders.  

Some of the most talented people in our world today have given their entire lives and identities over to God’s will in their vocation.  To see what He can do with these lives is extremely moving.  To then document and record these communities and their art is Heavenly.  

We do not feel worthy.  It’s a totally new feeling — different from than anything we ever experienced in our previous careers.  

Q. Where can people find this music?

 The website link for De Montfort Music is http://www.demontfortmusic.com

Some of the most talented people in our world today have given their entire lives and identities over to God’s will in their vocation.  To see what He can do with these lives is extremely moving.  To then document and record these communities and their art is Heavenly.  We do not feel worthy.

In Hoc Signo: “We Shall Publish”

The Amazing Success of Ignatius Press

by Bridget Green

Have you heard of the Youcat? How about a little number called The Harp and the Laurel Wreath? Perhaps you have read Jesus of Nazareth by then-Cardinal Ratzinger? Even if you haven’t come across any of these, there’s a great likelihood that there’s a child in your life who is acquainted with the Faith and Life series through their parish CCD program.

All of these have something in common: they have been published by a home-grown American upstart, San-Francisco-based Ignatius Press.

Ignatius Press – named for the Jesuits’ founder, the 15th century St. Ignatius Loyola – is an astonishing success story run by a Jesuit priest. Today, it is one of the foremost Catholic publishing houses in the world.

Founded in 1978 by the Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio, San-Francisco-based Ignatius Press is a home-grown American upstart, a real success story. A former student of then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Father Fessio has since taken the Pope emeritus’ call to the “new evangelization” to a global scale. 
Astounding scope

THE FILMS OF IGNATIUS PRESS include distributing critically-acclaimed foreign films to the English-speaking world. Here Maia Morgenstern is the lead in “Edith Stein: The Seventh Chamber” originally released in Italian. Available in DVD from Ignatius Press.

And, Ignatius keeps growing — the breadth of traditional works being published and promoted by the publishing house today is amazing. Everything from exclusively web-based magazines like Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Review to printed and online catechesis, and from homiletics to hymnals to movies, Ignatius does it all. And, unlike some others, Ignatius does it all well.

From homiletics to hymnals to movies, Ignatius Press does it all. And, unlike some others, Ignatius does it all well. 

Doing it for God

What is it about this company that makes them so well suited to filling the media needs of Catholics the world over?  They do it all for God.

Founded in 1978 by Fr. Joseph Fessio, Ignatius Press is spreading the message of Christ through the publication and sale of solidly Catholic works.  A former student of then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Father Fessio has taken the Pope emeritus’ call to the “new evangelization” to a global scale.

 

Fr. Fessio has held posts at a number of colleges and universities, including Ave Maria University. He has written extensively on matters of faith and morals, defending the Magisterium at every turn.  His friends and colleagues are a list of those among the best known and most faithful priests, bishops, and cardinals of our day. (And, as we all know, we are who our friends are.)

Currently, Ignatius Press has over 1800 titles in print, and more are coming each month.  Their film series alone is unmatched and unparalleled by any publishing venture in the world today.

This October, in the month of the Rosary and the month dedicated to respecting life at all stages, their latest epic movie hits theaters: Mary of Nazareth.  The film also has a Facebook Page.With this new film, Ignatius Press and Fr. Fessio take yet another step forward in spreading the Gospel of Christ to all lands.

The Accidental Publishers

Preserving Christian Publications

In 1983, John Parrot faced a daunting task: clearing out the collection of almost 900 books he had inherited from his parents. Plus, he had to move fast, due to an impending house sale.

Fast forward 30 years, and today John has turned this initial sale into one of the gems of the Catholic publishing world: Preserving Christian Publications (PCP). This is story of how John made this happen, with a little help from his friends and co-workers.

After realizing that there was indeed a market for traditionally Catholic works, John’s first steps included expanding his parents’ collection by collecting used books from various places — including the dumpster of a closing religious house.

 

John’s first steps included expanding his parents’ collection by collecting used books from various places — including the dumpster of a closing religious house. 

Through his efforts, and those of close friends Francis Panakal and Brian Pouliot, important books that were in danger of never seeing the light of day again were now being matched with fellow Catholics seeking a deeper understanding of their ancient Faith.

This is the work not simply of bibliophiles who fear losing quality books, but of men of faith, who fear the loss of a crucial piece of our collective Catholic memory. Over 100,000 second-hand books have been sold through PCP, but John and friends were not content to rest with “merely” saving already-printed books from the trash heap.

This is the work not simply of bibliophiles who fear losing quality books, but of men of faith, who fear the loss of a crucial piece of our collective Catholic memory.

Realizing that many of these important books were out of print and soon to be lost to the world, PCP decided to begin reprinting soon-to-be-lost books.  In 1988, a scant five years after they accidentally opened their doors, PCP began publishing new copies of some of the classic works they had rescued.

Catholics the world over rejoiced.

Today a darling of the Catholic homeschooling world, Preserving Christian Publications publishes and distributes books which no one else does. These are books that homeschoolers are happy to be able to use to further their children’s education.  PCP’s offerings are traditionally Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and, quite frankly, excellent — an attribute not found in many of today’s textbooks and other works intended for use in schools.

PCP’s offerings are traditionally Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and, quite frankly, excellent — an attribute not found in many of today’s textbooks and other works intended for use in schools. 

Preserving Christian Publications distributes not only great works of well-known authors like G. K. Chesterton, but also smaller but just as valuable works, such as the New Catholic Speller and Word  Book, originally published in 1895.  To people looking to raise up the next generation of saints, this is the food on which they want them to feast, and it is PCP that is placing it in their hands. PCP is filling a need and in the process performing a great service not only for Catholics, but for the world.

And it all started almost by accident, with a basement full of good books.

(Editor’s Note: Preserving Christian Publications  is located in Boonville, New York.)  

How Catholic Radio Changed My Life

by Angie Gadacz

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Fr. Marty Moleski and Gina, host/producer of Calling All Catholics on The Station of the Cross

Of late, there have been some big changes in my life. Recently, our family decided to reset our priorities; a job change and a move across Minnesota soon followed. My husband moved into a job less demanding of his time. My employer asked me to work remotely.  Our kids are no longer in daycare.

In the beginning of our new, more relaxed life, I listened to political talk radio; though after the 2012 election, I began to search for something more positive and meaningful. I found an ICatholicRadio app for my phone — and I have some advice for their marketers. Do pledge drives featuring how much people’s lives were changed by listening actually work?   Yes.

I was fascinated, though to be honest, somewhat disappointed to realize how little I knew about our Faith.

A Catholic Psychologist with Real-Life Answers

I began to listen to Dr. Ray Gaurendi on The Doctor Is In. He’s a common sense psychologist — with a sense of humor — who helps people raising their children or in relationship struggles.  Dr Guarendi teaches time-tested, useful techniques.  Interestingly, he acknowledges that his profession had given rise to many problems in raising children in our increasingly secular world.  For example, he says the excessive praise commonly bestowed upon children does not serve the best interest of families — and this is just one among many problems with the way parents are now encouraged to raise their children.

Catholic Radio Apps

Before long, I found the Relevant Radio app, (and Tune In Radio where I can pick up my local affiliate)—and a whole new set of programs throughout the day:

  • Morning Air with Sean Herriot is a great show where guests from a wide variety of professional fields cover a huge range of topics.
  • Glen’s Story Corner starts off my day with an inspirational story on my Facebook feed, and my local affiliate posts the daily gospel readings.
  • Every day I hear Mass from a local parish, followed by the rosary and prayers said by local seminarians.
  • The Inner Life features a spiritual director counseling call-in listeners.  New priests always offer a fresh perspective, too!
  • When my kids are home in the summer, our lunch hours are spent listening to Msgr. Swetland, or the other priests on Go Ask Your Father, fielding questions from people all around the country.
  • A new show that debuted on September 23rd, is Father Simon SaysHere, Father Richard Simon, who is also known as the Rev. Know-it-All; hosts a bible study on the daily readings and also takes calls on questions on the faith or its teachings.
  • My favorite is On the Journey, by Lighthouse Catholic Media, where I can hear well-known Catholic speakers such as Fr. Robert Barron, Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins and Steve Ray.
  • Last but not least, afternoons on The Station of the Cross, an EWTN radio network affiliate, the Quiet Waters Holy Hour (3:00 p.m. EST) is a nice break.  I listen to the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song, followed by prayers, meditations, songs, the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary.
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Morning Air hosts Sean Herriott and Glen Lewerenz on Relevant Radio

US Catholic Radio Today

Many Catholics might not know that there’s a thriving Catholic radio scene out there. For example, Relevant Radio, in its 13th year, has 13 stations and 20 affiliate stations covering 13 states.  The EWTN Catholic Radio Network has over 200 affiliated stations, covering about 40 states.  ETWN Radio Network stations are all independently owned and EWTN programs are provided to the radio stations free of charge to air, to minimize costs for the stations.

All Catholic radio is financed primarily through funds donated by listeners.  Many of the local stations have some of their own locally produced shows, so each station’s programming is slightly different.   Most stations can be listened to through their website online, or with a phone app.

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Angie’s Picks

  1. Do you have questions about the Faith? I recommend Calling All Catholics (The Station of the Cross); Catholic Answers Live; EWTN Open Line and Right Here Right Now.
  2. Are you curious about people who convert?  Check out The Journey Home.
  3. Are you interested in Catholic athletes? Tune in to Blessed 2 Play and Crossing the Goal. Both shows feature far better role models for our kids than the ones we hear the most about.
  4. Are you tired of all your news about the Church being filtered through a political lens?  Shows such as Vatican Insider, Celtic Connections, Kresta in the Afternoon, A Closer Look with Sheila Laugminas, or Register Radio are a great way to find out what is going on in the Church – in the US and the world.
  5. Do you have questions about vocations, or how to live out your faith in your personal life?  Check out programs such as Vocation Boom!, On Call with Wendy Weise, Women of Grace or Dynamic Catholic.
  6. Do you love reading Catholic literature? There’s  EWTN Bookmark with Doug Keck.

You can also check out the programming grids for my favorite networks here.