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"Connecting the Diocese," an initiative produced in conjunction with Relevant Radio, is part of Bishop Callahan's effort to bring the diocese closer together. In this regularly scheduled radio broadcast, listeners will hear that promoting the faith and communicating with Catholics of a geographically large and diverse diocese is not easy. Just ask Bishop William P. Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse, who traverses the 19 counties on a regular basis.   

 

Listeners will hear Bishop Callahan speak about several current topics of interest as well as personal experiences. In addition to Bishop Callahan, you will hear from guests that include diocesan curia members, visiting leaders in the Catholic Community, and interviews with the people of our parishes – including interviews with the clergy and laity from across the diocese.

 

Past programs are archived below; to listen click the play arrow or the show air date.

 

Listeners are encouraged to submit questions and comments to connecting@dioceseoflacrosse.com.

 

July 25, 2014 We celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the dedication of the Shrine Church with stories from long-time staff and volunteers.
July 18, 2014

Bishop Callahan talks about the value of silence and simplicity as well as an upcoming meeting with Pope Francis and more.

July 11, 2014 We get an update from Bishop Callahan, find out what is next for our newly ordained Priests, and prepare for the upcoming Catholic Schools year.
July 4, 2014

This Ordination special celebrates three new priests for the Diocese of La Crosse.

June 27, 2014

This week's show focuses on the Fortnight for Freedom with both a Wisconsin guest and an attorney who presented a case for religious freedom to the Supreme Court.

June 20, 2014

Get a preview of the  Fortnight for Freedom and also gain a better understanding about radical Islam in the modern world.

June 13, 2014

This Fathers' Day show includes excerpts from talks on challenges to families, the family farm, and more. Also a recap of how Bishop Callahan traveled from his job at the Vatican to La Crosse.

June 6, 2014

Bishop talks about this year's Fortnight For Freedom. Also find out more about what Friars are and what they do.

May 30, 2014

Bishop Callahan recaps the Holy Father's historic trip, we talk about opportunities for older adults and a special event this weekend.

May 23, 2014

Bishop Callahan discusses the Holy Father's trip to the Holy Lands and we hear summer reading advice from several people.

May 16, 2014

Hear Bishop and others discuss architecture, art and NFP.

May 9, 2014

Bishop Callahan talks with Father James Kurzynski about "behind the scenes" stories from his trip to Rome.  Jack Socha hosts.

May 2, 2014

Bishop Callahan discusses The Month of Mary and Saint Joseph. Also, reports from Rome and a new way to financially support the Diocese or your favorite local charity.

April 25, 2014

We hear reports from Rome, celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, Canonizations and our 100th show.

April 18, 2014

Bishop comments on the Stations Of The Cross, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

April 11, 2014

Bishop describes what you will experience during Holy Week, "What's the Story with you and God" event in May, and Bishop addresses the LDCCW meeting last week.

April 4, 2014

Bishop answers a listener's question about prayer, local man promotes Divine Mercy and a Diocesan priest gets good news from the Vatican.

March 28, 2014 Bishop explains the Rite of Penance, hear an update on the Kenyan Water Project and visit with guests from Brazil.
March 21, 2014 Bishop Callahan reflects on Jesus' 40 Days in the Wilderness and Tom Thibodeau discusses Servant Leadership.
March 14, 2014

Bishop Callahan continues his Lenten series, meet young women on a "Nun Run" and more!

March 7, 2014 Bishop Callahan explores the changes seen and heard during Lent
March 2, 2014

This week's show features what happens in the final weeks of RCIA, Diocesan grant money available and the truths behind the "freedom from religion" controversies.

February 21, 2014

This week learn about the many services of the Knights of Columbus, what Hospice is and how to best plan a pilgrimage.

February 14, 2014

Bishop talks about the real meaning of Lent and Lenten opportunities. Also learn about a unique free photo exhibition at Viterbo College that explores the theme of "Peace."

February 7, 2014

Bishop discusses why we listen to Catholic experts. Also a new Diocesan book and a talk with a talented young many considering Priesthood.

January 31, 2014

Bishop Callahan takes questions from students at Aquinas High School

January 24, 2014

Bishop Callahan visits Aquinas Middle School and answers students'

question.  Also hear an urgent update from Catholic Charities.

January 17, 2014

This week, we focus on Catholic Schools Week with Bishop Callahan and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Susan Holman, plus a brief commentary on a proposed controversial statue.

January 10, 2014 Chris Rogers joins Bishop Callahan to talk about the upcoming Pro-Life event in Washington, plus hear about the origins of the Sign of the Cross and much more.
January 3, 2014

Bishop Callahan discusses Epiphany, symbolism at Mass and the value of silence.

December 27, 2013 Bishop Callhan, Jack Socha , Stan Gould and Joeseph O’Brien celebrate Christmas with music and also look Back at 2013.
December 20, 2013 Music, memories and stories fill this show for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2013

Bishop Callahan celebrates the Third Sunday in Advent with reflections, music and stories.

December 5, 2013

Bishop Callahan reflects on the second Sunday of Advent and the Christmas season.

November 29, 2013 A special Advent and Giving show for the day after Thanksgiving with Bishop Callahan and a variety of guests.
November 22, 2013

Our Pre-Thanksgiving show covers holiday traditions in three parts with commentary from Bishop Callahan and Diocesan staff members.

November 15, 2013

This week we hear the stories of  two priests who served as military chaplains.

November 1, 2013

This week you’ll find three guests and two in-depth topics. First, find out how shorter days affect your mood and then learn more about people who contact the diocese with questions about priesthood, religious life and more.

October 25, 2013

This week Bishop Callahan covers a variety of topics, Jess Mollison has news from Casa Hogar in Peru, and Ann Langford talks about the success of a special “Intentional Discipleship” event.

October 18, 2013 Bishop Callahan discusses comments from Pope Francis, Christopher Carstens talks about the “Liturgical Music and the Life of Faith” event. We hear about All Saints and All Souls Days and also poke fun at Halloween excesses. And we hear from a keynote speaker from the Fall Clergy Conference.
October 11, 2013 Bishop Callahan talks about his trip to Rome and we hear from five guests about important events coming in the next week.
October 4, 2013

Bishop Callahan talks about end-of-life issues, Deacon Tom Skemp discusses prison ministry and Jack Socha interviews three women considering religious vocations.

September 27, 2013

Bishop Callahan discusses the Pope's recent interview, Father Peter Damien Feldner announces a special Marian event and learn how the Diocesan Annual Appeal serves everyone.

September 20, 2013

Three stories about caring: How the Rural Life Committee helps the Family Farms, How Michael Haight keeps the Bishop on time as Master of Ceremonies and groups caring for those in need of treatment for addictions.

September 13, 2013

Chris Rogers discusses  “Young Adult Ministry,”  our seminarians  comment on prayer life. Enjoy talk and music from the Diocesan Hispanic Ministry Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadaupupe.

September 6, 2013

This show includes a special look at the life of Monsignor Edmund Klimek, an update on Catholic schools with  Superintendent Dr. Susan Holman, and The Catholic Times’ Joe O’Brien turns the tables on host Jack Socha by interviewing him.

August 30, 2013

This special Labor Day weekend edition features Bishop Callahan talking about his road to the Priesthood and an update after three years in our diocese.

August 25, 2013

Bishop Callahan celebrates his first three years in the La Crosse Diocese, Curtis Martin, founder of FOCUS, talks about how it got started, and we pack 20 seminarians in 1 small studio for Q&A!

August 16, 2013

Bishop Callahan discusses the Holy Father’s messages in Brazil, the “courage to be happy,” we also look at the Newman Centers on college campuses and continuing Catholic education for all.

August 9, 2013

Bishop tells the story of Saint Maximilion Kolbe, discusses the FOCUS Ministry on campus and back to school challenges. Jack Socha interviews a member of the Serra Club if La Crosse.

August 2, 2013

Bishop Callahan discusses the “back to school” time, the Sacrament of Baptism and much more. Also a report about the recent Adventure Camp for youth!

July 26, 2013 This final show for July continues our focus on Priests and the Priesthood.
July 19, 2013 Our celebration of priests continues with an interview with Bishop Robert Flock, now serving in Bolivia, and a retrospective on the life of Father Dan Farley by Relevant Radio’s Chuck Neff.
July 12, 2013 Hear Bishop Callahan's comments on the recent change in Wisconsin abortion laws. Bishop Callahan and Chris Carstens talk about finding art and symbols in churches. Jack Socha interviews Monsignor Joseph Hirsch on his special assignment in Peru
July 5, 2013

With a focus on the Priesthood this July, we hear from Bishop Callahan and Father Alan Guanella, ordained on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013.

June 28, 2013 This expanded version of the broadcast show includes our final marriage segment with interviews with a newlywed couple and Jeff and Alice Heinzen.  We then offer updates on the HHS Mandate the Fortnight for Freedom and the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage. This online version includes the entire talk about religious freedom given by Ben Nguyen.
June 21, 2013 Bishop Callahan comments on the second Fortnight For Freedom, Jack Socha interviews a couple married ten years, Jeff and Alice Heinzen discuss the challenges of couples in the middle years of their marriages.
June 14, 2013 Our June Marriage Month interviews continue with advice and stories from a couple married 50 years. Also commentary from Bishop Callahan, Jeff  Alice Heinzen and more.
June 7, 2013 Our June marriage show kicks off with a conversation with Bishop Callahan and also with Jeff and Alice Heinzen of the Office of Family Life. Also learn about the Sacrament of Healing and a special Saint Peregrine Mass at the Shrine on June 15th with Bishop Callahan.
May 31, 2013 This final show highlighting the Marian Shrines explores The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. Also, commentary on wearing summer garb at Mass and a new Fortnight For Freedom Announcement.
May 24, 2013 Join Bishop Callhan  and Jack Socha as they take a virtual tour of Holy Hill, explore Perpetual Adoration, hear a chilling story of cloning and finish with a Memorial Day observance.
May 17, 2013

In this “Month of Mary” show you will hear about the only true Marian Apparition in Wisconsin,  the work of the Marian Catechist Apostolate in our diocese and the good work of arranging adoptions by Catholic Charities.

May 3, 2013 Bishop Callahan reflects on May, the Month of Mary. Also hear excerpts from the Mass opening the Cause for Fr. Joe held May 1 at the Cathedral and finish with an interview with Relevant Radio’s Father Rocky and the Marian Day Of Reflection coming to La Crosse. This online edition contains the full May 1 homily by Bishop Callahan.
April 26, 2013 Explore the history, architecture and events of the 150th anniversary of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in this extended version of the radio show.
April 19, 2013 Diocesan Catholics making a difference with updates from Catholic Charities, Casa Hogar and Benedictine Health Care Services (formerly Catholic Residential Services).
April 12, 2013 Learn about a priest who has served as a hospital chaplain for more than 40 years, how the diocese helps family farms save money and a one-on-one resource for young women with spiritual questions.
April 5, 2013 Bishop Callahan discusses Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Diocese’s commitment to the family farm.
March 29, 2013 Bishop Callahan reflects on the meaning of each of the days of Holy Week.
March 22, 2013 Hear excerpts of ceremony opening the Cause for Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski and also learn about the life of a local Consecrated Virgin.
March 15, 2013 Bishop Callahan comments on Pope Francis and discusses the Cause for Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski.
March 8, 2013 Monsignor Robert Hundt recalls a memorable moment involving Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Monsignor Michael Gorman adds more insight into the upcoming Conclave.
March 1, 2013 Father James R. Kurzynski and members of the Focus Campus Ministry discuss the role of the Newman Centers in the diocese.
February 22, 2013 Monsignor Michael Gorman explains what will happen during the upcoming Papal Conclave.
February 15, 2013 Bishop Callahan reacts to the announcement from Pope Benedict XVI of his resignation effective February 28th, 2013.
February 1, 2013 Newly installed Bishop Flock discusses his new assignment in Cochabama, Bolivia
January 25, 2013 Father Alan P. Wierzba , Director of Vocations, gives a comprehensive overview of the Priesthood. Also hear exerpts from the send-off for those going to Washington, DC for the March for Life.
January 18, 2013 Bishop Callhan speaks about abortion and the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Valentina Pavsyukova updates her “Chalice of Mercy” story.
January 11,2013 Bishop Callahan and Jack Socha trace the history of diocesan work in Bolivia.
January 4, 2013 Guests include Fr. Larry Seidl and Barbara Tota-Boryczka of Global Outreach, a Catholic student exchange program.
December 28, 2012 Bishop Callahan talks about events of 2012.
December 21, 2012 Bishop Callahan and Jack Socha discuss favorite Christmas carol lyrics and movies
December 14, 2012 Bishop Callahan and Jack Socha discuss Christmases past and Christmas present.
December 7, 2012 Bishop Callahan talks about the importance of Advent.
November 30, 2012 Chef Doug Dalgren of the Culina Mariana restaurant discusses feast days and a special meal for December 8th. Also, learn about a unique Christmas ornament of the Cathedral of St. Joseph The Workman.
Nobember 23, 2012 Chris Ruff from the Office of Ministries and Social Concerns talks about his new Catechism study books and his time translating Pope John Paul II’s writings into English.
November 16, 2012 Bishop Callahan and guests talk about their Thanksgiving experiences.
November 2, 2012 Hear excerpts from our first show with Bishop Callahan and information on disaster relief.
October 26, 2012 Listen to a keynote address to young adults by Pat Brueggen, Youth Minister, RCIA Coordinator - D.R.E. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish – Holmen
October 19, 2012 Hear Bishop Callahan’s Homily on the Year of Faith, and interview with the founder of 40 Days for Life, and Bishop’s comments on October as the month of the Rosary and Halloween.
October 12, 2012 Interviews from and an overview of the Fall Clergy Conference.
October 5, 2012 Hear interviews with Msgr. Flock in Bolivia and members of the Marriage Tribunal in La Crosse.
September 28, 2012 Bishop Callahan talks about his trip to Bolivia and the newly dedicated church.
September 14, 2012 Hear about events around the diocese, including 40 Days for Life and the installation of a First Class Relic of Blessed Miguel Pro.
September 7, 2012 Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Chris Rogers talks about his job and challenges to young people.
August 31, 2012 Host Jack Socha hears from architect Francisco Salgado about Blessed Miguel Pro and Catholic Culture in Mexico. Chris Ruff follows with news of many activities around the diocese this Fall.
August 17, 2012 Bishop Callahan discusses his upcoming Bolivia trip, advice for those going off to school, and the Wisconsin temple shooting.
August 10, 2012 Chris Ruff explains the work of the Office of Ministries and Social Concerns.
August 3, 2012 Hear an HHS Mandate Update and learn about Rachel’s Vineyard.
July 27, 2012 Meet The Diocese’s New Director of Communications - Geraldine Hemmings-Salgado.
July 13, 2012 The Summer Reading Show with ideas from The Catholic Times Joe Obrien, curia staff member Heather Hanson, Flores Mariae gift shop staff member Joe O’Keefe & Jack Socha.
July 6, 2012 Ann Lankford Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization and Pat Brueggen, RCIA Leader at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Holmen discuss how interested non-Catholics can join the Catholic Church.
June 29, 2012 Bishop Callahan talks to our new Priests minutes after their Ordination. Father Hirsch talks about his ten years as Vocations Director and his new assignments.
June 22, 2012 Bishop Callahan discusses devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the recent bishops’ conference and dressing for Mass.
June 15, 2012

Bishop Callahan and Chris Ruff (Office of Ministries and Social Concerns) discuss the Fortnight for Freedom.  Jack Socha reports on the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rallies held June 8.

June 8, 2012 This week Bishop Callahan talks with Relevant Radio’s “Father Rocky” and Jack Socha interviews Greg Marco, Pilgrimage Coordinator at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.
May 25, 2012 Bishop Callahan and Father David Kunz take an in-depth look at the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and recent reassignments of priests.
May 18, 2012 This show includes an in depth look at the many services offered by Catholic Charities, a talk with the founder of the Dead Theologians Society and an interview with the men behind the local “Kenyan Water Project.”
May 4, 2012 May is the Month of Mary and Bishop Callahan and Father Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I. offer their insights about our Holy Mother.
April 20, 2012 Bishop Callahan talks about vocations. In addition, Chris Ruff, the director of the diocesan Office of Ministries and Social Concerns, interviewed Jessica Mollison, the Director of Development for Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II. They discussed current events and happenings at the orphanage in Peru that is sponsored by the Diocese of La Crosse.
April 13, 2012 Bishop Callahan offers a welcoming statement for his listeners and talks about is priestly ministry that led him to be the bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.