WASHINGTON (March 29. 1999) -- Among Friends, the half-hour interview show featuring well-known personalities discussing their faith, moves to Friday mornings, 9 a.m. ET, on the Odyssey Cable Channel, April 9.
The program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), was launched last fall with Msgr. James Lisante as host.
Among Friends also is distributed through Catholic dioceses to local TV outlets around the country where the Odyssey Channel is not available.
The premiere program in the new time slot features actress Margaret Colin, who played Harrison Ford's wife in the 1997 film The Devil's Own and starred as Jackie O on Broadway. In the interview, Ms. Colin talks about her roles as an actor and as a mother and how she balances career and family. She also tells how her parents passed on to her their Catholic faith and how it motivates her as a parent and activist.
Among Friends' new day and time comes as the Odyssey Channel joins with its new partners, the Jim Henson Company and Hallmark, making Odyssey available on more than 1,500 cable systems nationwide and the Primestar DBS satellite service.
Among Friends features notable individuals from the worlds of entertainment and the arts, religion, sports, public service and business in one-on-one discussions with Msgr. Jim Lisante.
Msgr. Lisante is pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hempstead, N.Y. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York in 1981 and served as director of the diocese's Office of Family Ministry for several years, supervising family and pro-life activities and marriage preparation. He also writes a column that appears in The Long Island Catholic and several other publications nationwide and has authored two books, Of Life and Love and Let's Talk: The Gospel Challenge for American Catholics.
Among Friends is a production of the CCC in association with Telecare, a TV unit of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Ellen McCloskey is producer.
In addition to Margaret Colin, upcoming guests include
April 16, author, psychologist and Commonweal magazine columnist Sidney Callahan.
Ms. Callahan addresses how to deal with adult children who come home to live.
April 23, Sister Mary Rose McGeady, a Daughter of Charity. Sister McGeady is president of Covenant House, the international program which works with runaway boys and girls.
April 30, Mary Cunningham Agee, founder of The Nurturing Network. Ms. Agee, who experienced a miscarriage, explains how she was moved by the experience to establish a network for women who have experienced the loss of a child under any circumstance.
Photo available upon request.