Mary’s Touch - Abby Johnson

January 17, 2019
This week we welcome back a special guest on the Mary's Touch program:
  • Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization's ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis. She soon was saved by Side Walk Angels who hel


    ped Abby get out of where she was working.

  • Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 150 workers leave the abortion industry.¬†Abby lives in Texas with her husband and five precious children.
  • Author of UnPlanned is the story of Abby Johnson's journey from director of a local Planned Parenthood center to advocate for "the other side of the fence." It's harrowing and heart-rending, an up-close-and-personal encounter with the inside workings of an organization made up of many people who truly do want to help women. The journey Johnson makes involves a change of heart that spoke to the path I took from pro-choice to pro-life. I found, within these pages, an experience common to many, one that travels from both one spectrum of belief to another, but also one that finds maturity and hope instead of despair.
  • AND now her book is turned into a movie and in theaters in the Spring¬†

Mary’s Touch - Rosario Rodriguez

January 1, 2019
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This weekend we have a very special and amazing story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   
  • Rosario Rodriguez shares her powerful story of miraculously surviving two violent crimes and her journey of discovering healing and peace in forgiving her assailants, finding worth in her brokenness, and joy in suffering.
  • She grew up in Michigan. Starting in her high school years, she has spent most of her life working in many capacities with different Catholic ministries from inner-city youth, campus ministry, pro-life, CCD/RCIA, and the poor and the homeless in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
  • When she first moved to Los Angeles she worked in Hollywood at Act One, an organization training Christian writers and producers to work in the mainstream entertainment industry.
  • Now, she travels everywhere, sharing her amazing story with thousands of people including gang members with the LAPD for Operation Cease Fire and a victim awareness program at a high maximum security prison.
  • Rosario resides in Los Angeles with her husband and is passionate about her faith, family, football, and Latin dancing. Her love language is chocolate. And She enjoys watching Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. She is still a dedicated Detroit Lions fan who believes that despite all of their challenges they will someday rise up and win the Superbowl!

Mary’s Touch - Christmas Special Edition

December 14, 2018
During this week on the Mary's Touch Radio Show lets do some "Throw Back Stories" and share the "Christmas Special Edition". During this wonderful time of the year, the Christmas Season, we are featuring four beautiful stories.
Christmas Stories:
* Paula reminds us it is not always easy to see answers to prayers even if they appear at our window.

* Jean and her family enjoyed Christmas in Italy until they are at the airport and cannot all get back home.  Then a miracle happens!

* Stacy's daughter passed away several years before. It is now Christmas Eve and God gives her an answer to her prayers.

* Janet almost missed Christmas until Mary asked her if she would like to see the baby.


Mary’s Touch - Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018
This weekend we will replay Sister Nancy Usselman on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   
  • Sister Nancy Usselman, FSP, grew up in St Louis, the third of four siblings. She was a passionate soccer player, playing year round. She met the Sisters through her older cousin who always wanted to be a nun since the third grade. Her cousin visited a Pauline Books & Media Center and, while she was gawking at them from behind a bookshelf, one of the sisters invited her to a day of recollection. She answered, "Can I bring all my cousins?" So, young Nancy went along with her four cousins to keep them company, since she was not interested in being a Sister. But after she met the Daughters and saw that they preached Jesus through movies, music, and books, she realized, "That's the kind of nun I would want to be." After finishing high school, Sr. Nancy and her cousin entered together. Nancy was 17 years old, and her family didn't expect her to stay. Surprisingly, her cousin left after three months, got married, and now has 8 children...and Sr. Nancy stayed!



Mary’s Touch - Manny Montanez

November 16, 2018
This weekend we have a special Veteran's story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   
  • Manny Montanez is the President and CEO of EG Montanez Construction, Inc., an Irvine, CA based General Contractor.¬† He was raised Catholic.
  • He has an amazing story to tell about his career and faith journey and is looking forward to sharing with all of you.
  • Manny was honored as Legatus' Officer of the Year in 2011 for his service to the Orange Coast Chapter and his passion for the Legatus mission. Manny's leadership skills were evident in his service in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat as a member of the 25th Infantry Division's 3rd Squadron, 4th Armored Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam. He now serves as Regional Director of the West Region for Legatus.



Mary’s Touch - Fr. Thomas Gibbons

November 9, 2018
At this weekends Mary's Touch Radio Show with our host Alexis Walkenstein and guest Fr. Thomas Gibbons.
  • Fr. Tom serves at Paulist Productions in Los Angeles.
  • He is the creator of a new film documentary on the life of Servant of God Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers.
  • He discusses the re release of their classic l989 film ‚ÄúRomero‚Äú, about the final years of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was murdered while saying Mass in San Salvador in l980.
  • And The Dating Project movie which is another amazing documentary about dating in today's culture.
  • Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero on October 14th.



Mary’s Touch - Cheri Lomonte

October 26, 2018
At this weekends Mary's Touch Radio Show with our host Alexis Walkenstein, we bring back Cheri Lomonte, the founder and creator of Mary's Touch.



Mary’s Touch - Jaymie S. Wolfe

October 19, 2018
At this weekends Mary's Touch Radio Show with our host Alexis Walkenstein, we bring back Jaymie Stuart Wolfe as out guest to discuss the sex scandal of our Church.
  • Jaymie is a Catholic convert and lay evangelist reaching out in word and song through Loaves & Fishes Ministry. This is her second visit and time she talks to us about the sex scandal in our Church, her perspective and how healing needs to take place.
  • Drawing¬†from the riches of Scripture and Tradition, her purpose is to echo¬†God's call to holiness and help you answer it in authentic¬†discipleship.¬†¬†
  • She's a wife, and mother of eight. Inspired by the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, she is an author, speaker, and musician, and serves as a senior editor at Ave Maria Press.



Mary’s Touch - Fr. Thomas Gibbons

October 9, 2018
At this weekends Mary's Touch Radio Show with our host Alexis Walkenstein and guest Fr. Thomas Gibbons.
  • Fr. Tom serves at Paulist Productions in Los Angeles.
  • He is the creator of a new film documentary on the life of Servant of God Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers.
  • He discusses the re release of their classic l989 film ‚ÄúRomero‚Äú, about the final years of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was murdered while saying Mass in San Salvador in l980.
  • And The Dating Project movie which is another amazing documentary about dating in today's culture.
  • Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero on October 14th.



Mary’s Touch - Christin Jezak

September 28, 2018
At this weekends Mary's Touch Radio Program with our host Alexis Walkenstein and special guest Christin Jezak.
  • Christin is a Hollywood actress, Ladies Keepin' It Real webseries creator, Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project One-Woman Show extraordinaire!
  • She is also a Pauline Cooperator, and a lover of Our Blessed Mother and Jesus.



Mary’s Touch - Jaymie S. Wolfe

September 21, 2018

Mary’s Touch - Eric LeMarque

September 14, 2018
This weekend we have an amazing story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   
  • Eric LeMarque is an international best-selling author of two books and inspirational speaker sharing his message of hope throughout the world. This former professional, Olympic, world-champion ice hockey player is additionally, one of the most famous, unrelenting and compelling survivors in history.
  • On February 6th, 2004, Eric, an expert snowboarder, set off for the top of 12,000-foot Mammoth Mountain in California's vast Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Wearing only a long sleeve shirt, a thin wool hat, the shells of his snowboarding pants and a light-weight jacket-with only four pieces of gum for food-he soon found himself chest-high in snow, plunging into the wilderness. By nightfall he knew he was in a fight for his life. Surviving eight-days in sub-freezing temperatures, he would earn the name, 'The Miracle Man' by stunned National Guard Black Hawk Chopper rescuers.
  • His survival is that of adversity, change, hope, ingenuity, perseverance, spiritual restoration and ultimate triumph. He goes around the country speaking about faith and awareness for the dangers of drugs and addiction.
  • Eric resides with his wife, Hope and their two children Nicholas and Zachariah in Southern California.¬†

Mary’s Touch - Rosemarie Costello

August 30, 2018

This weekend we have an amazing story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.

  • Rosemarie Holliger Costello, catholic wife, mother and relative of Ven. Fulton J. Sheen - the Emmy Award Winning New York Bishop on track for Sainthood.
  • She earned her BA in Piano Performance of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown New Jersey, where her late mom and sisters attended. She went to graduate study at Teachers College, Colombia University. She and her husband were married at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1983, where her sisters and her parents were also married there. Her husband Brian was a pilot in the Navy, they moved all over with their 6 children and she taught piano everywhere. She's currently the music director at Lutheran Pre-School at Edmond, Oklahoma.
  • Rosemarie shares how her parents met and personal stories about her cousin Ven. Sheen.

Mary’s Touch - Male Mentorship

August 24, 2018

This weekend we are replaying the Mark Matthews story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.

  • Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Mark Matthews resides in Los Angeles and works in the visual effects industry. As a research and development veteran of DreamWorks Animation his work has given¬†more fire to explosions, fluff to hair and jiggle to bellies in everything from "Kung Fu Panda" to "Shrek Forever After". He¬†has over 22 feature film credits, a patent and two DreamWorks Technical Achievement Awards.
  • He is founder of Bibles & Brew; Catholic men's spiritual group. He's the Hollywood undercover missionary a monthly segment on Salt & Light Radio.
  • Mark leverages a background in¬†engineering¬†physics specializing in volume rendering and liquid simulation. He¬†developed¬†Amorphous, an award winning volume rendering system giving look equivalence between interactive GPU previews and final CPU renders.¬†He is currently the lead developer of¬†Rapid, DreamWorks'¬†proprietary¬†FLIP fluid simulator. ¬†
  • Prior to his work at DreamWorks Animation, he coded real time rendering features for¬†titles like John Madden Football '07 at¬†Electronic Arts.¬†He has extensive electrical engineering experience, having designed¬†satellite telemetry¬†firmware for¬†Global Flow Inc.
  • Mark's M.Sc. was obtained under the direction of Dr. PrzemysŇāaw Prusinkiewicz in the¬†Biological Modeling and Visualization research group at¬†the University of Calgary, researching¬†the use of finite element methods to simulate growing surfaces and diffusible morphogens. He obtained double undergraduate degrees, a¬†B.Eng. (engineering physics) and¬†B.Sc. (computer science),¬†at¬†the¬†University of Saskatchewan.

Mary’s Touch - Dr. Charles Mully

August 7, 2018
This weekend we have an amazing story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.  
  • What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? MULLY is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale.¬†
  • This week we will listen to Dr. Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
  • MULLY -

Mary’s Touch - Rebecca Fresh

August 2, 2018
  • Rebecca Frech is a devout Catholic wife, mom of nine children...two in training. She is an avid political junkie, able debater, aspiring home-maker, amazing friend, homeschooling guru, a writing addict, public-speaker, a CrossFit coach, managing editor for The Catholic Conspiracy, regular contributor for the National Catholic Register, and an advocate for staying true to the person God created you to be.
  • She shares her Catholic journey growing up, feeling left out, angry with God, and the miracles of novenas - Our Lady Undoer of Knots.
  • Rebecca is the author of "Teaching In Your Tiara - A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us". Teaching in Your Tiara is a soup-to-nuts homeschooling book that walks you through the first years - deciding that home education is right for your family, choosing the right curriculum, understanding learning styles, not raising socially awkward kids, maintaining your own identity, and more.
  • She has another book soon to be released "Can We Be Friends"; tackles the issue head on, taking a fun and honest look at friendship: why we need friends, where we find friends, and even when to let friends go.

Mary’s Touch - A Knotted Life

July 27, 2018
This weekend we have a special guest on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   
* Bonnie Engstrom is a cradle Catholic and stay-at-home mom. She married her dashing husband in 2006 and they now have seven children: one in Heaven and six more wandering around their house, probably eating pretzels found under the couch. Bonnie lives in central Illinois, loves the Blessed Trinity and gets excited about baking, music, film adaptations of Jane Austen books, and the Chicago Bears. She blogs at  A Knotted Life. 
* Bonnie shares her devotion to the church and Our Blessed Mother Mary.
* She is a devotion writer for Blessed Is She; co-host of the now retired Visitation Project radio show; and host of the Sheenazing Blogger Awards.

Mary’s Touch - Dr. Mary Amore

July 16, 2018
his weekend we will replay Dr. Mary Amore story on this week's Mary's Touch Radio Program.   


* Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union.  

* She is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation and the newly released DVD entitled Eucharist: A Journey to Transformation, Healing and Discipleship. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a highly sought after presenter of parish missions in the area of the Eucharist and Pope Francis Year of Mercy,  plus workshops, seminars and retreats.  

* A monthly columnist at Ministry and Liturgy Magazine, Dr. Amore also serves as the full time Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove, Il.  Mary is a wife, mother and grandmother!  

* She sahres with us about her passion and devotion to our Blessed Mary.  



Mary’s Touch - Military Story

July 4, 2018
This week we will rerun a special military story on the Mary's Touch Radio Program that listeners have requested:
  • Colleen Saffron shares her story about her walk of faith, how she stays positive,¬† how she chooses joy over depression, and how her husband Terry was given a second chance and what it means to them.
  • Colleen has been married to Terry for over 27 years and a military wife/caregiver for 15 years. Terry was wounded in 2004 in Iraq within 6 weeks of deployment, he was injured and developed PTSD.

Mary’s Touch: Kaiser Johnson

June 29, 2018
This weekend we have a wonderful story on Mary's Touch Radio Program.     
  • Kaiser Johnson background is in acting, and he "rediscovered his faith while earning a BFA in acting from the University of Minnesota - Duluth." He and his wife Keeley have one child.¬†
  • Kaiser is a committed Catholic and runs the Hollywood Chesterton Society and speaks on G.K. Chesterton and other topics within the faith. He has been in TV acting and was on a premier episode of "Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge" on NBC, as well as the "Catholic Central" YouTube series through Family Theater Productions.¬†
  • Kaiser has experience in world championship racing, which makes him a true expert in the field of exercise and fitness. His expertise is apparent throughout his book "Grit & Glory: Cross Training Your Body and Soul". He talks about building strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility and learn what it means to be physically and spiritually fit.