WASHINGTON (January 3, 2000) -- Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Camden, New Jersey, and journalists Margaret and Peter Steinfels and Magee Hickey will be featured guests on Personally Speaking.
Personally Speaking, a weekly talk show produced by the Catholic Communication Campaign, features guests from the worlds of entertainment, religion, sports, journalism and literature who discuss the impact of faith on their personal and professional lives.
Hosted by Msgr. Jim Lisante, a priest from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, Personally Speaking can be seen Fridays from 10:00-10:30 a.m. on the Odyssey cable network (www.odysseychannel.com). It is also available free of charge (except for dubbing and shipping expenses) to Catholic dioceses for placement on their local broadcast and cable stations. Viewers can learn more about "Personally Speaking" by visiting the CCC web site (www.nccbuscc.org/ccc) and can send E-mail to Msgr. Lisante at this address: email@example.com.
Peter Steinfels & Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Journalists
Peter and Margaret Steinfels stand as a fascinating couple who share journalism as a profession and religion as a specialty. Peter Steinfels was senior religion correspondent for the New York Times from 1988-1997, and created the Times column "Beliefs." In 1997, he left his correspondent's job to work on a book project and teach at Georgetown University as a visiting professor of history, but continues to write his column and articles for The Times. Margaret O'Brien Steinfels has been editor of Commonweal, an independent journal edited and managed by lay Catholics, since 1988. Before joining Commonweal, she was director of publications at the National, Pastoral Life Center and editor of its journal, Church. The Steinfels discuss the important influences on their faith and lives, media coverage of public figures' spirituality and issues that divide Catholics.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Camden
The well-being of immigrants and refugees has been a major focus of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio's ministry for many years. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Bishop DiMarzio attended Sacred Heart grade school there and graduated from Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary before being ordained a priest in 1970. He served as executive director of Migration and Refugee Services for the U.S. Catholic Conference from 1986-1991, where he created CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., a legal services corporation through which dioceses offer new refugees help in resettling. He was installed as auxiliary bishop of Newark in October 1996 and was appointed bishop of Camden in June, 1999. Bishop DiMarzio discusses his continued activism on behalf of migrants and refugees and the responsibility of Catholics to aid them.
Magee Hickey, Broadcast Journalist
A former TV journalist who worked for several New York City network affiliates, Magee Hickey is now focusing her energy on parenting. She discusses the highs and lows of her 15 years as a beat reporter and her decision to take a break from the long hours and deadline pressures of TV news. Magee Hickey also talks about her new project "Parent to Parent," a TV show for which she is host and producer and which features expert advice and discussion on parenting. The interview touches on her own parenting journey and the challenge of raising her children as Catholics in a marriage in which only one parent is a believer.
Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis
Before being appointed the seventh Archbishop of St. Louis on January 25, 1994, Bishop Justin Rigali spent many years at the Vatican. A native of Los Angeles, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in April, 1961, and began graduate studies in canon law a the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome that same year. He has held a number of positions at the Vatican, his last as the secretary of the College of Cardinals. As Pope Paul VI's English translator, Archbishop Rigali accompanied him on several international trips. He also accompanied Pope John Paul II on several trips including the pope's journeys to the United States in 1979 and 1987. In January 1999, the tables were turned when Archbishop Rigali welcomed Pope John Paul II to St. Louis for the city's first ever papal visit. Archbishop Rigali talks about the papal visit and his experiences working for the leaders of the worldwide Church.
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