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RPL Hr. 2 March 21 Dr. Jay Hershberger and Jerome Richter

In the second hour, host Fr. Brian Gross spoke with Dr. Jay Hershberger, Professor of Piano at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Choir Director at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo, about Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Dr. Hershberger explained what these three concepts are, how they relate to God, and how we can find them in our lives. Fr. Gross also spoke with Jerome Richter, Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Mary in Bismarck, about the Passion of Christ, virtue, and the basics of prayer as he previewed his upcoming talks at a Men's Lenten Retreat in Williston.

RPL Hr. 1 March 21 Bishop John Folda and Fr. Mark McCormick

In the first hour, host Fr. Brian Gross spoke with the Diocese of Fargo's Bishop Folda about St. Joseph, answering common questions about the great foster father of Jesus. Fr. Gross also spoke with Fr. Mark McCormick, Director of Vocations and Stewardship in the Diocese of Rapid City, about Pastoral Ministry Days coming up in the Diocese.

RPL Hr. 2 March 14 Fr. Jason Signalness, Fr. Peter Anderl, Fr. James Cheney, and Larry Richard

In the second hour, Msgr. Schumacher first spoke with Fr. Jason Signalness about why Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. Our host then spoke with Fr. Peter Anderl about the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Monsignor also spoke with Fr. James Cheney and Larry Richard about the upcoming Cardinal Muench Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser at St. Paul's Newman Center in Fargo.

RPL Hr. 1 March 14 Jennifer Anderson, Jacques Daniel, and Jay Wickham

In the first hour, host Msgr. Patrick Schumacher spoke with Jennifer Anderson, Clinical Therapist with Catholic Charities North Dakota, about mindfulness from a Catholic perspective. He also spoke with Jacques Daniel and Jay Wickham about St. Joseph and this year's JourneyMen Men's Conference in the Diocese of Rapid City.

RPL Hr. 2 March 7 Bishop Paul Sirba, Colleen Carroll Campbell, and Made for Greatness Men's Segment

In the second hour, our hosts began by speaking with Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth about the upcoming Catholics at the Capitol event and the plan to unify the Duluth Area Catholic Schools. Brad and Jeanine then spoke with Colleen Carroll Campbell about the upcoming Redeemed Beloved Daughter Women's Conference in the Diocese of Fargo. In the last 20 minutes, we continued our "Made for Greatness" Men's Segment with Msgr. Gregory Schlesselmann, host Brad Gray, and Steve Splonskowski, discussing the ways men are called to express their fatherhood.

RPL Hr. 1 March 7 Panel Discussion: Faith and Finances

In the first hour, hosts Brad Gray and Jeanine Bitzan spoke with Pat Dolan of Knights of Columbus Insurance in Fargo and JD Henderson of Catholic United Financial in Rapid City during our second Faith and Finances Panel Discussion. Pat and JD provided practical advice on topics including taxes, retirement planning, and life insurance.

RPL Hr. 2 February 28 Fr. John Paul Gardner, Msgr. Gregory Schlesselmann, Msgr. Michael Woster, and Kristin Thompson

In the second hour, Fr. Vasek continued our Lenten segments by talking with Fr. John Paul Gardner of the Diocese of Bismarck about the Stations of the Cross. He then spoke with Msgr. Gregory Schlesselmann about the new radio spots we introduced to the airwaves called: "2-Minute Lectio", focusing on how this form of prayer, even for two minutes, can lead you closer to God. During the last segment, our host spoke with Msgr. Michael Woster and Kristin Thompson about the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony and celebration event for the new Newman Center at Black Hills State University in Rapid City.

RPL Hr. 1 February 28 Sister Mary Elizabeth and Bishop Michael Hoeppner

In the first hour, host Fr. Craig Vasek spoke with Sister Mary Elizabeth from the Sisters of Life about her upcoming talks at the Redeemed Beloved Daughter Women's Conference in the Diocese of Fargo. Fr. Vasek was then joined by Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston to talk about Lenten resolutions and their purpose.

RPL Hr. 2 February 21 Dr. Peter Huff, Roxane Salonen, Jackie Gow, and Jennifer Fulwiler

In the second hour, host Fr. James Gross began by speaking with Dr. Peter Huff, a Professor of Theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, about the fruits of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., the St. Hildegard Lecture Series featuring Bishop Daniel Flores, and the upcoming Vocations Jamboree. Fr. Gross then spoke with Roxane Salonen and Jackie Gow about the upcoming REDEEMED Beloved Daughter Women's Conference in the Diocese of Fargo. He also spoke with Jennifer Fulwiler about the upcoming Women of Faith Conference in the Diocese of Duluth.

RPL Hr. 1 February 21 Bishop David Kagan and Fr. Mike Schmitz

In the first hour, host Fr. James Gross spoke with Bishop Kagan of the Bismarck Diocese about his experience at the RPR Fundraising Banquet, conversion, and what conversion means. Fr. Gross then spoke with Fr. Mike Schmitz about the upcoming Men's Conference in the Diocese of Duluth.

RPL Hr. 2 February 14 Nathan Sather, Bishop John Folda, and Made for Greatness Men's Segment

In the second hour, hosts Brad Gray and Jeanine Bitzan finished the Valentine's Day segments by speaking with Nathan Sather about how single people can celebrate Valentine's Day. Our hosts then spoke with Bishop Folda of the Diocese of Fargo about the Church's position on race and equality and the upcoming REDEEMED Beloved Daughter Women's Conference. In the last 20 minutes, we continued our "Made for Greatness" Men's Segment with Msgr. Gregory Schlesselmann, host Brad Gray, and Steve Splonskowski, asking the questions: How am I being fathered, and how am I fathering others?

RPL Hr. 1 February 14 Fr. Bryan Kujawa and Chris and Gina Ahlers

In the first hour of our Valentine's Day Special, hosts Brad Gray and Jeanine Bitzan spoke with Fr. Bryan Kujawa of St. Joseph's Church in Moorhead about the importance of dating your spouse and living the sacrament of marriage well after the wedding ceremony. Our hosts then spoke with Chris and Gina Ahlers about how a program called Worldwide Marriage Encounter has blessed and continues to bless their marriage.

RPL Hr. 2 February 7 Dr. David Anders, Host Monologue, and Christopher Dodson

In the second hour, Msgr. Schumacher spoke with Dr. David Anders, host of EWTN's Called to Communion, about the upcoming RPR fundraising banquets. Our host then presented a monologue titled: "When they have nothing left, why do people turn to the Church?" He also spoke with Christopher Dodson, Executive Director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference, about the things to keep an eye on during the current ND legislative session.

RPL Hr. 1 February 7 Dr. Ahmed Kamel, Dr. Mona Ibrahim, and Fr. John Guthrie

In the first hour, host Msgr. Patrick Schumacher spoke with Dr. Ahmed Kamel and Dr. Mona Ibrahim about what Muslims think and believe and the course they will be teaching during the Diocese of Fargo's Catholic Collage program. Msgr. Schumacher also spoke with the Diocese of Bismarck's Fr. John Guthrie about prayer and some practical tips for how to pray.

RPL Hr. 2 January 31 Fr. Doug Krebs, Shayla Elm, Amy Julian, Sandra Rich, and Deacon John Weiske

In the second hour, our hosts spoke with Fr. Doug Krebs and Shayla Elm from Bishop Ryan Catholic School in Minot about this year's Know Your Faith State Competition. They also spoke with the Diocese of Rapid City's Amy Julian about healing from the pain of being separated, divorced, or widowed and previewed the Diocese of Duluth's Men's and Women's Conferences with Sandra Rich and Deacon John Weiske.

RPL Hr. 1 January 31 March for Life Recap

During the first hour, hosts Roxane Salonen and Fr. Charles LaCroix recapped the March for Life with local students. They spoke with Katrina Gallic and Peter McCabe from the University of Mary, JayDee and Kolbe Bach from the Diocese of Fargo, and Ruth Moder and Aidan Jones from the Diocese of Superior.

RPL Hr. 2 January 24 Jason Adkins, Fr. Mark McCormick, Max Vetch, Fr. Jared Johnson, and Alex Welch

In the second hour, host Fr. Craig Vasek spoke with the Minnesota Catholic Conference's Jason Adkins to get a MN legislative update and to hear more information about Catholics at the Capitol. Fr. Vasek then spoke with Fr. Mark McCormick and Max Vetch as we continued our preview of the Diocese of Rapid City's Men in Black Basketball Game. Finally, our host talked with Fr. Jared Johnson and Alex Welch from St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck about the upcoming Know Your Faith State Competition.

RPL Hr. 1 January 24 March for Life Preview

In the first hour, we previewed the upcoming March for Life in Washington, D.C. Host Fr. Craig Vasek spoke with the University of Mary's Anne Dziak and Fr. Robert Shea and Emma Raposa and Liam Yantes from St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City about their upcoming trip. We also talked about the local March for Life in Minneapolis-St. Paul with Janelle Roe and her son Noah.

RPL Hr. 2 January 17 Tim Brooke, Kloe Wavra, and Martin Nussbaum

In the second hour, we talked with Tim Brooke and Kloe Wavra from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, MN about their upcoming first visit to the Know Your Faith State Competition. We also spoke with Martin Nussbaum, General Counsel representing the Catholic Benefits Association and the Diocese of Fargo, a group of employers committed to providing life-affirming health coverage consistent with Catholic teaching. Among the topics covered, he explained more about a lawsuit that was recently filed against rules that require Catholic dioceses, including the Diocese of Fargo, religious orders, and other Catholic employers to cover gender transition surgeries and their group insurers to cover surgical abortions in their health plans. He also talked about why, practically speaking, this lawsuit should be important to us as Catholics.

RPL Hr. 1 January 17 Bishop David Kagan and Fr. Jim Hoerter

In the first hour, host Fr. Brian Gross spoke with the Diocese of Bismarck's Bishop David Kagan about baptism and what baptism should mean to us as Christians. Fr. Gross also spoke with Fr. Jim Hoerter as we continued promoting the Diocese of Rapid City's upcoming Men in Black Basketball Game.

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