Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington


The Joyful Catholic


Host: Eric Meisfjord
Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Spokane

The Joyful Catholic introduces listeners to individuals whose faith has a direct impact on how they live their lives – and who know that as Pope Francis has said, “I cannot imagine a Christian who does not know how to smile.” Not only do they smile, but they embrace and live their faith with the kind of laughter that only comes from that great truth: God loves us!

Catholicism is a constant fountain of excitement, energy, and cheer for people of faith all over the world. The message really is joyful – and these people – laity, Religious, clergy – all prove it. It’s an honor to share their stories on Sacred Heart Radio!

The program debuted October 18, 2013, on KTTO - 970 AM in Spokane and the surrounding broadcast area. Here is the program archive, in mp3 format, from first to most recent.


  • Father Tom Caswell, media columnist for the Spokane Diocese’s newspaper, the Inland Register, on faith and popular culture
  • Gene DiRe of Catholic Charities Spokane: building strong marriages
  • Dr. John Kiernan, psychologist – keeping the faith in a “helping profession”
  • Dr. Anthony Clark, Spokane Diocese archivist and history professor at Whitworth University: the Church in China
  • Providence Sister Rosalie Locati: being a Sister today
  • Chris Carlson, retired public relations expert, author, and Idaho political staffer: politics, the Church, and end-of-life issues
  • Mike Pallardy, Development Director for Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane: making the professional shift from the secular world to the religious
  • Father Miguel Mejia – a diversity of ministry
  • Deacon Ken Dunlap finds God’s grace in everything
  • Dr. Amanda Clark, author and library specialist: the church and architecture
  • Continuing the conversation with Dr. Amanda Clark: Byzantine spirituality
  • Deacon Kelly Stewart – youth minister and martial artist
  • Part 2 of the conversation with youth minister and martial artist Deacon Kelly Stewart
  • Sister Colleen Byrne OSC, abbess of the cloistered Poor Clare Sisters in Spokane
  • Jerry and Clara Monks founded Family-to-Family as a way to connect Inland Northwest families with the people of the Guatemala Highlands
  • Mark Armstrong, a New Hampshire artist, cartoonist, and faithful Catholic
  • Continuing the discussion of Faith and Art with Mark Armstrong: What's so funny about being Catholic?
  • Bishop William S. Skylstad is the Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese – but a long way from being retired
  • Bishop William S. Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Spokane, offers some reflections on Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”
  • Father Michael Blackburn OFM on being Franciscan
  • Brian Kraut, Director of Parish Support and Renewal in the Spokane Diocese, helps lay out the “Know, Love and Serve” pastoral planning initiative
  • More conversation with Brian Kraut, Director of Parish Support and Renewal in the Spokane Diocese, on the “Know, Love and Serve” pastoral planning initiative (it’s a big topic)
  • Father Ty Schaff is a retired Spokane Diocese priest – but do priests really retire?
  • Besides ministry as a Spokane Diocese priest, Father Ty Schaff retired from his position as an Air Force Ready Reserve chaplain
  • Father Miguel Mejia comes back to the program to talk about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
  • And another return guest: Gene DiRe of Catholic Charities Spokane, for a discussion of counseling, faith, and more on strong marriages
  • Continuing the discussion with Gene DiRe of Catholic Charities of Spokane
  • And another program on marriage, with a different returning guest: Dr. Anthony Clark, and an exploration of how truly magnificent Catholic marriage really is
  • Father Victor Blazovich is pastor of small parishes in the northern regions of the Spokane Diocese
  • More with Father Victor Blazovich, who is also serving the diocese as co-Director of Vocations. So what does that word, “vocation,” really mean?
  • Andy Robideaux, Development Director for the Spokane Diocese, talks theology of stewardship
  • More on stewardship with Andy Robideaux, Development Director for the Spokane Diocese
  • John Fencik of Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Services of Spokane: What are Catholic funeral rites?
  • In addition to his work with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane, John Fencik is a teacher, theologian, and a man who loves the Church
  • Father Tom Caswell, the very first guest on The Joyful Catholic, explores the value to be found in popular culture and mass (with a small M) media
  • Father Ty Schaff, retired Spokane Diocese priests, remembers his days in the seminary
  • Dr. Randy Wagner, Director of Vocal Instruction at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, talks about the intersection of faith, art, and conversion of heart
  • Dr. John Kiernan, psychologist and a conversational delight, discusses Catholic Charities' "fatherhood mentoring" project
  • Dr. John Kiernan, Part II - parenting, family, faith (including fatherhood)
  • Dr. Randy Wagner, Director of Vocal Instruction at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, returns to talk about music - especially music at Mass
  • Dr. Randy Wagner, Part II, Director of Vocal Instruction at Eastern Washington University, Cheney: praying twice by singing (with a nod to St. Augustine)
  • Cliff Winger, coordinating the "Landings" program for returning Catholics at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane
  • Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Spokane, returns to the program: Part I of his reflections on Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si'"
  • Bishop William Skylstad, Part II of his reflections on "Laudato Si'"
  • Mary Lou Bentley, Part I, on living out a call to service and ministry within the Church
  • Mary Lou Bentley, Part 2, on living out a call to service and ministry within the Church
  • Paul Machtolf, Part I, from the Spokane St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Paul Machtolf, Part II, from the Spokane St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Deacons Kelly Stewart and Chalo Martínez: What's diaconal ministry all about?
  • Deacons Kelly Stewart and Chalo Martínez, Part II: Nightwalk Ministry to the homeless of Spokane
  • Sister Marcia Kay Lacour of the Poor Clares Monastery in Spokane: The impact of the Poor Clares on the roots of Catholic radio in Spokane
  • Sister Marcia Kay, Part II: Her participation in the gathering of women Religious in Assisi

    Contact: Eric Meisfjord
    P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
    (509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


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