Church Alive

EWTN's Brian Patrick joins Dr. Matthew Bunson of the National Catholic Register and Fr. Thomas Petri each weekend! They look back on the week just past and the week ahead, in the Church and the world.
Church Alive - 07/03/2020 - Supreme Court rulings this week
Catholic legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer reviews major Supreme Court rulings from this past week that are of grave importance to the pro-life cause as well as parochial schools. Fr. Petri reminds us that the freedom we celebrate on Independence Day can be mistakenly used and that our true citizenship is in heaven.
Church Alive - 06/26/2020 - Junipero Serra legacy / Arroyo on Trump
EWTN’S Raymond Arroyo discusses his face-to-face conversation with President Donald Trump. Historian Jim Graves explores the legacy of St. Junipero Serra and the controversy surrounding the Spanish missionary who founded nine California missions. Fr. Petri teaches on Sunday as a day of rest.
Church Alive - 06/19/2020 - Sex discrimination law & religious work
Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, Legal Counsel for The Catholic Association Foundation, discusses the wide-ranging impact for religious employers from this week’s surprising Supreme Court decision. It extends sex discrimination protections under the Civil Rights Act to the gay and transgender population. Fr. Petri explores what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.
Church Alive - 06/12/2020 - Religious Freedom Today -Montse Alvarado
Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, addresses threats to religious freedom in these unique and tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Fr. Petri teaches about “transubstantiation” as we prepare to celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday.
Church Alive - 06/08/2020 - Deacon Harold Burke-Sievers- Edited
Deacon Harold Burke-Sievers, Co-Host of EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory, expresses his belief in the power of The Eucharist to quell the recent violence and lead us to love and understanding of our brothers and sisters of all races. Fr. Petri preaches on the Holy Trinity’s unity and diversity ahead of Trinity Sunday.
Church Alive - 05/29/2020 - Becoming Priests during Covid Crisis
Fathers Jonah Teller and Jordan Zajac, newly ordained Dominicans for the Province of St. Joseph, share there humbling experience of becoming priests in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Fr. Petri reminds us that living in the spirit is not just for charismatics and Dr. Bunson profiles soon-to-be canonized Blessed Charles de Foucauld.
Church Alive - 05/22/2020 - Re-opening Churches After COVID Crisis
Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, discusses the disparities in re-opening churches and businesses from the Covid-19 lockdown. Jennifer Fulwiler, a convert to Catholicism from atheism, now a standup comedian and mom of six, talks about going out on limb when God’s call takes us out or our comfort zone
Church Alive - 05/15/2020 - Patrick Novecosky-JPII Changed the World
Patrick Novecosky, author of “100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World,” explores the life of this great saint of our time ahead of his 100th birthday. Fr. Petri encourages us to develop fortitude and patience as we navigate daily life in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Church Alive - 05/08/2020 - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI bio
Christoph Wimmer with EWTN’s Catholic News Agency in Germany discusses the new biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Peter Seewald’s book was released in German this past week with an English translation expected later this year. Fr. Petri teaches about trusting in God during difficult times in response to Jesus telling his disciples, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”
Church Alive - 05/01/2020 - Teresa Tomeo-Coronavirus Fears
EWTN Radio and TV personality Teresa Tomeo talks about her new book, “Conquering Coronavirus; How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest.” Dominican Father Thomas Petri encourages praying The Rosary during May, traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
Church Alive - 04/24/2020 - Efforts to Open Parishes
Monsignor Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and Christopher Velasquez, Communications Director for the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, discuss efforts to open parishes for public Mass and the Sacraments. Fr. Petri breaks open Sunday’s Gospel from St. Luke, guiding us on our own “Walk to Emmaus” with Our Lord.
Church Alive - 04/17/2020 - Divine Mercy and St. Faustina
Dominican Father Thomas Petri offers insight into the Mercy of God in light of Divine Mercy Sunday. Anne-Elisabeth Guiliani, Director of Mission and Ministry for the John Paul II National Shrine describes Saint John Paul II’s rich interpretation of Divine Mercy inspired, in part, by the Polish nun he canonized, St. Faustina Kowalska.
Church Alive - 04/10/2020 - Dan Burke- COVID19- Mother Angelcia
Plunged into darkness neither had ever experienced, Dan and Stephanie Burke share their powerful journey of faith through a brush with death from COVID-19. Fr. John Paul recalls spiritually accompanying Mother Angelica in her last days on earth four years ago, and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri reflects on the great silence of Holy Saturday and Easter peace.
Church Alive - 04/03/2020 - Did God cause the coronavirus?
Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Winchester, VA, joins Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri in discussing Holy Week liturgies and the unique challenge of serving the faithful without being able to celebrate Mass publicly. Fr. Petri also answers the question: Did God cause the coronavirus?
Church Alive - 03/27/2020 - Father Donald Calloway
Fr. Donald Calloway shares his Consecration to St. Joseph to help The Church and the world get through the coronavirus pandemic. Fr. Thomas Petri unpacks the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, explaining why Jesus waited two days before going to the home of Lazarus, knowing his dear friend would die before he arrived.