What is a your vocation? Marriage? Religious Life? The Ministerial Priesthood? The generous single life? Each of us is called to the primary vocation of holiness- to know, love, and serve God and to live our eternal destiny with God in joy; yet each of us is called to live out this universal call to holiness in a unique way. Tune in to "Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love" to explore with Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis and her guests the many ways faithful Catholics strive to answer the call of Love.
Episode 36: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Annabelle Moseley concerning her book Our House of the Sacred Heart (May 29, 2021)
Catholic author and poet, Annabelle Moseley, joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis on Episode 36 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love” to discuss her latest book: Our House of the Sacred Heart: A Litany of Stories with Art, Prayers, Poetry, and Reflections Toward Consecration to the Sacred Heart. Annabelle is an award-winning American poet, the inventor of a novel poetic form, the “mirror sonnet.” She is the Professor of Theology and the author of 11 books including Sacred Braille: The Rosary as Masterpiece, through Art, Poetry, and Reflections which was a finalist in the 2020 Catholic Publishers Awards in the Category of Prayer. Her book, “Sacred Braille” has been transcribed into Braille through the Xavier Society for the Blind and made available to the visually impaired. Annabelle is the host of Catholic Podcasts on Sacramental living, including “Then Sings My Soul,” and “Destination Sainthood” on WCAT Radio. She has also been a recurrent guest on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air and has appeared on the Catholic Faith Network. Annabelle was one of five featured artists profiled in the 2019 documentary film, “Masterpieces” which explored the vocational call of the arts.
In this interview, Annabelle shares her inspirational perspective and discusses the unique path to Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus presented in Our House of the Sacred Heart. This text weaves together several genre including poetry, prose, sacred art, prayer, and memoir to yield a one-of-a kind companion book on the journey toward a personal encounter with Sacred Heart of Jesus. Additionally, through her website: https://tourguideofwonder.com, Annabelle invites listeners to join her in praying along with her podcast during a 33-day novena beginning on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 11, 2021 and culminating with a Consecration to the Sacred Heart. Her website [https://tourguideofwonder.com] offers users an opportunity to sign-up for daily emails during the novena and provides links to purchase her books. (May 29, 2021)
Episode 35: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Rev. Mr. Lucas LaRoche, seminarian for the Diocese of Worcester, MA (May 18, 2021)
Rev. Mr. Lucas LaRoche is Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis’ guest on Episode 35 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love.” Deacon Lucas LaRoche is a seminarian, for the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts and is currently in his first year in the Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Patristic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University while simultaneously completing his final year at the Pontifical North American College. Deacon Lucas wrote the thesis for his Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology on the Zairian Use of the Mass, which was a fruit of his long interest in liturgy, after working with the parishes in his Diocese, as well as local Melkite and Extraordinary Form communities.
In this interview, in addition to discussing his vocational journey, Deacon Lucas details his fascinating research which was recently published in Ex Latere Christi, the Journal of the Pontifical North American College, in a paper entitled: “Inculturation in the Roman Rite (2021_Winter_Digital.indd (netdna-ssl.com).” The subject of liturgical inculturation within the Church is significant and timely, and Deacon LaRoche’s extensive research spans continents and cultures, as well as reviews the salient magisterial documents. In his paper, Deacon Lucas defines “Inculturation” as: “. . . . when the Gospel takes on some cultural elements which are neither native nor vital to the kerygma to better articulate the truth of its proclamation to a group of people (p. 84-85).” In this interview, Deacon Lucas explains the ways in which various traditions and cultures have authentic liturgical expression in the Roman Rite, while delineating the methods requisite to safeguarding the integrity of the Liturgy.
Episode 34: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Belinda Terro Mooney on the Process of Developing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (May 5, 2021)
Author, Belinda Terro Mooney, joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 34 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss her newest publication: My Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Workbook. Ms. Belinda Terro Mooney, LMSW, LDCD, is a licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor. Belinda is a member of the National Association of Addiction Counselors. She is experienced in clinical and program management and has worked both in the inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency settings. Belinda is an entrepreneur who has owned her own business dedicated to training other professionals. Belinda is currently an Adjunct Professor of Human Services at Lone Star College in Montgomery, and has written several non-fiction texts, including this most recent workbook.
In this interview, Ms. Belinda Terro Mooney discusses the vital process of developing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs). She shares her personal vocation story and insights from decades of work as a chemical dependency counselor and teacher. Belinda describes meaningful strategies to reduce life-stressors and develop positive, goal-oriented approaches to tackling problem behavior pitfalls. She describes her book as a “comprehensive plan for developing a calm and ordered life.” More information regarding Ms. Belinda Terro Mooney, LMSW, LDCD, and her new book entitled, My Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Workbook, is available at the website: Home - TLC Wellness Institute. https://tlcwellnessinstitute.com/
Episode 33: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Fr. Jason Smith, LC, on his vocation as a priest of the Legionaries of Christ (April 24, 2021)
Fr. Jason Smith, LC, joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 33 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his vocation as an ordained priest of the Legionaries of Christ.
In this episode, Fr. Jason shares the story his personal call to the ministerial priesthood. He traces his vocation from its early beginnings through his present ministry. Fr. Jason Smith was ordained at St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome on Dec 23, 2006. As a seminarian Fr. Jason studied classical humanities at the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, Philosophy at Our Lady of Thornwood in NY, and Theology at the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. After ordination, Father dedicated six years to working with youth in the NY Tri-State by running the Regnum Christi Mission Corps, which is a program for college missionaries. Father also directed a variety of high school ministries and served as the spiritual director for the summer discernment programs at the Legionaries of Christ.
Father Jason is currently the Associate Pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. He continues to work with the Regnum Christi movement, is active in marriage prep and marriage ministry. Father remains a contributor at the Regnum Christi Spirituality Center. Fr Jason Smith, LC (regnumchristinyctnj.org).
Episode 32: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Steve Mamanella, author of a memoir entitled Providential (March 26, 2021)
Steve Mamanella joins WCAT Radio show-host Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 32 of “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his new book, published by En Route Books and Media, entitled: Providential. Steve Mamanella is the Principal at Owl Creek Communications and has worked in the field of communications for over thirty years. His memoir, Providential, details his journey, tracing its roots from the emigration to America of his great-grandparents through Steve’s college years, his illustrious career as the Director of Communications for two dioceses, and all of the providential moments that have served to link Steve and his family to the Church and to Christ Himself. Steve is a graduate of Bradley University, and has maintained strong ties to the college and the Newman Center that figured so prominently in his early development. A recent article in the Catholic Post, from the Diocese of Peoria where Steve served as the Director of Communications for five years quotes him as stating: “I am convinced that God is blessing us in ways that we often are unable to comprehend in the moment.” Providential is a book that explores the subtle ways those blessings have shaped one man’s life. In this interview, Steve discusses with Mary Anne Urlakis some of the highlights of his book, including working as the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Peoria during (St) Mother Teresa’s 1995 visit and serving the Diocese of St. Louis in a similar role during the 1999 papal visit of Pope (St.) John Paul II.
Steve Mamanella’s memoir is a beautiful story; a gentle reminder of the grace of God’s ever-arching plan for each and every human life and the various “God-appointments”, or moments in which our lives intersect with others through inexplicable ways yielding far-reaching good. Providential is available through En Route Books and Media at: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/providential/
Episode 31: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Mary Kloska on her Life, Ministry, and Book, The Holiness of Womanhood (February 28, 2021)
The dynamic Catholic author and speaker, Mary Kloska, is Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis’ guest for Episode 31 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love.” In this episode, Mary shares the fascinating narrative of her personal vocational story- a journey which has spanned several continents as a missionary and as a hermit. Mary possesses a rare zeal and prayerful abandonment for the following Jesus Christ. In this episode, she discusses the role of authentic discernment in living the Divine Will of God, and her faithful work to serve the poor and underserved from the U.S. to Russia, Siberia, Poland, Tanzania, Belize, and Pakistan. Mary Kloska’s missionary ministry continues to reach hundreds of thousands of Catholics all over the globe through her music, books, and on-line rosary. Her most popular book, The Holiness of Womanhood, had been translated into Spanish, Polish, and Pakastani, and is available through Enroute Books and Media at https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/holinessofwomanhood/ . (February 28, 2021)