WASHINGTON (May 8, 2000) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles; Actors Tom Bosley and Jonathan Schaerch; and the founder of the Humanitas Foundation are among those featured on the Catholic Communication Campaign's interview program Personally Speaking in the month of June. Aired on the Odyssey cable network, the weekly program features guests from the worlds of entertainment, religion, sports, journalism and literature, who discuss the impact of faith on their personal and professional lives.
Personally Speaking is hosted by Msgr. Jim Lisante, a priest from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. It 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. You 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.
Here is the June line-up:
June 2 - Johnathon Schaech, Actor
Strong family ties and spirituality keep this young and upcoming actor grounded. Despite the fact that many Hollywood insiders say he's the next Tom Cruise or Chris O'Donnell, Johnathon Schaech carefully chooses his acting roles. He credits his strong Catholic upbringing as a base foundation. "We should all find the inner [Tom] Hanks," says Schaech. He is currently seen on the FOX-TV television show Time of Your Life.
June 9 - Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles
A man who confidently balances religion and politics, Cardinal Mahony has emerged as one of the most powerful leaders in the Church today. He is widely respected by leaders of other denominations. A forward thinker, Cardinal Mahony sees computer technology as a key evangelization tool in the new millennium. "It is not enough to use the media simply to spread the Christian message and the Church's authentic teaching. It is also necessary to integrate that message into a 'new culture' created by modern communications," says Cardinal Mahony. Cardinal Mahony's dedication to God, strong work ethic, and compassion for the poor will leave an indelible mark on the most populous archdiocese in the country.
June 16 - Tom Bosley, Actor
Millions of fans know him as "Mr. C." However, actor Tom Bosley did not dream of playing on the screen, but playing on the baseball field as the "star left-fielder for the [Chicago] Cubs." The only problem was that the team he was not really good at sports. After a stint in the Navy, he entered DePaul University to study law. While trying to find work as a radio announcer, Tom tried his hand as radio actor. The rest is history. Whether co-hosting an infomercial or promoting 10-10-321 commercials, he reinforces his personal and professional life with a strong faith commitment.
June 23 - Fr. Ellwood (Bud) Kieser, CSP, Television/Film Producer
Fr. Keiser got his start 40 years ago producing Insight, a public-service series that underscored themes of human values in half-hour dramas; he was the first Catholic priest ever to produce a prime-time television program. The show won six Emmys and featured stars such as Carol Burnett, Walter Matthau, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. Two of his commercial successes have been the films Romero, starring the late Raul Julia, and Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story, starring actress Moira Kelly. As the head of Paulist Productions, he established the Humanitas Foundation in 1974 to recognize outstanding television/film writers who affirm human dignity and moral values in their scripts.
June 30 - Charles Carner, Screenwriter/Director
Temporary paralysis from a freak accident forced this Catholic screenwriter to reexamine his mortality and what he would do with the rest of his life. On Personally Speaking, Charles Carner talks about his personal journey back to the Church and discusses how he incorporates Catholic themes into his screenplays. Carner serves on the executive committee of Catholics in Media and is featured in the 1998 edition of Who's Who in America.