Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, has lead the Canadian Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, since 2010. He has had a distinguished career as an Oblate Missionary, pastor, counselor, and administrator at local, regional, and national levels. His leadership gifts and qualities were recognized early on by his religious congregation, and he has offered those generously to the Church in Canada. When people hear Doug’s name, the words that immediately come to mind are: gentleman, kind, man of the Church, pastor, true missionary, and great administrator. He has dealt with some of the most challenging contemporary issues of the Church with honesty, integrity, and loyalty, and always with a deep sense of compassion for those who are suffering. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, for this in-depth WITNESS interview with the newly-elected Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Angelo “Lino” Rulli, an American radio host, author, producer, and former television host, was born on October 26, 1971, to an Italian-American family in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lino went on to get a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a Master of Theology Degree from Saint John’s University. He is currently the star of “The Catholic Guy” radio show airing on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio, and “Lino at Large” airing on The Catholic Channel and syndicated throughout North America. Lino was also the executive producer and host of the Emmy Award-winning television show “Generation Cross.” In addition to his radio and television work, Rulli has released two books, “Sinner” and “Saint”, both of which discuss Catholicism in a comedic tone through personal anecdotes. He is described by his friends as ‘The Catholic Guy’ because that is exactly what he is: an everyday Catholic guy with a fresh, fun, and often off-beat take on living out the faith in the world today. Get to know Lino and his world in this unique, out of the ordinary WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica.
An intelligent, articulate, young Jesuit, Matt Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012. He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fordham University, Heythrop College and the University of London and the Catholic University of Louvain. Prior to his journalistic career with and leadership of the well-known AMERICA Magazine, Fr. Malone served as deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Fr. Malone spoke to a failing of the Catholic clergy: “‘We are not giving an account of the joy that is within us,’ he said. Equally troublesome for [Matt] is how the American church, which should be ‘an instrument of unity,’ has ‘thoughtlessly imported’ the ‘extremely partisan, hyper-ideological, very broken public debate’ that defines this country’s [American] politics.” Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, for a thought-provoking interview with Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, the youngest editor-in-chief of the excellent Jesuit publication, AMERICA Magazine. (New York Times Interview: nyti.ms/1bccQ2o)
A 51-year-old Italian priest, Dario Edoardo Viganò, born in Rio de Janeiro, began his new job at the Vatican on January 22, 2013, only weeks before the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Viganò’s main mission as director of the Vatican Television Centre (CTV) is to provide global TV and Internet feeds of what unfolds in the Vatican’s inner sanctums, to which CTV has exclusive access. Within a few weeks of beginning his new job, his first major assignment was to tell the world the story of the resignation of a pope, the Sede Vacante, the Conclave and election of a new Bishop of Rome. Under Viganò’s artistic eye, magnificent images of those events went around the entire world. Join host Fr. Thomas Rosica in this exclusive WITNESS interview as he speaks with the head of Vatican TV about Viganò’s mission to keep an age-old institution firmly in the 21st century.
As a priest and licensed psychotherapist, Fr. James Flavin serves as the president of the Saint John Vianney Center. This renowned facility, located in Pennsylvania, specializes in the treatment of personal and psychological difficulties unique to Catholic clergy and consecrated religious. Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica asks Fr. Flavin how wounded ministers in the church can find healing and wholeness with a renewed sense of vocation.
In response to groups of Anglicans seeking to enter communion with Rome while preserving their traditions, Benedict XVI issued Anglicanorum coetibus, which called for the creation of Anglican ordinariates. The group for Canada and the United States, called the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, was established on January 1, 2012. Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica sits down with the first leader of the North American ordinariate, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson.