Fr Szobonya to Speak at Ft Jennings

Father Jim SzobonyaFather Jim Szobonya C.Ss.R will be the final speaker in the Sunday series of Lenten talks at Ft Jennings St Joseph parish. Make plans now to hear Fr. Szobonya on Sunday, March 29 at 6:00pm.

Fr. Szobonya hails from Manville, New Jersey. In 1987 he graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. He worked 11 years as a public accountant with the last 6 years in his own practice.

Fr. Jim then entered the seminary in January 1999 and in May 2005 graduated from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC with a Masters degree in Divinity. In September 2005, he took his permanent vows into the Redemptorist Order and was ordained a priest on May 6, 2006 at the Immaculate Conception Basilica in Washington, DC.

In July 2005 Fr. Jim received his first assignment at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, New York where he was the Director of Religious Education for over 1400 kids and 900 families. This is where he began to learn to use props for his teachings and homilies. Fr. Jim remained there until 2011 when he became the Pastor at St Gerard Church in Lima, OH.

Nick Cardilino is Next Speaker at Ft Jennings

Nick CardilinoThe next talk in the Lenten series at St Joseph’s in Fort Jennings is on Sunday March 22 at 6:00pm by Nick Cardilino, who will be speaking about Social Justice. Nick has been a Campus Minister at the University of Dayton for 24 years. As Director of the Center for Social Concern, Nick and his colleagues provide students, faculty and staff with a wide variety of opportunities to do community service and social justice work and reflect on these experiences in the light of their faith. He also teaches a course on Catholic social teaching called “Faith and Justice” in Religious Studies every semester.

Nick and his wife Anne Marie are blessed with three great children. His passions for faith-inspired justice issues and for his family spill over into his avocation as a singer and songwriter too. He has released 4 CDs of original songs over the years, and has co-written the winning theme song for the 2007 and 2011 National Catholic Youth Conferences. Nick has given many presentations at parishes, schools, Theology of Tap events, diocesan youth gatherings, etc.

Gold Star Father to speak at Ft Jennings

Gold Star FatherThe next speaker in the Lenten Series of talks at 6:00pm this Sunday, March 15 at St Joseph’s in Ft Jennings, is Scott Warner, who will speak on “Transformational Suffering – A Lenten Reflection”

Gold Star father, Scott Warner, decided a couple of years ago to write a book commemorating his son, Heath. It was time. It was finally time to deal with the pain and sorrow in a way that will help others grappling with the death of a service member. Gold Star Father—Honoring a Hero, Remembering a Son not only honors his son who offered his life for our country—it also exposes the atrocities perpetrated by our government when his son’s remains were part of the Arlington National Cemetery debacle.

He figures it’s time for everyone to know exactly what happened. Scott has a tremendous testimony of God’s healing power as he shares of his loss, grief and eventual hope through his Catholic faith. He has shared at numerous men’s groups, military and community events over the last eight years. He has been featured on CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, Taps Magazine, Living With Loss Magazine, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, The Canton Repository.

Scott Warner is married to wife, Melissa, and father to Chandler, Ashton, and proud parent of Fallen Hero, PVT Heath Warner. PVT Warner was killed by an IED on 22Nov2006 in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

Scott is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Business Management, a graduate from Regent University with a Master of Arts in Government, and a graduate from Ashland University with an MBA and currently a doctoral candidate specializing social entrepreneurship at Baker College in Flint, MI.

Mr. Warner is founder and President of the S. N. Warner Family Association, which has a mission to live deeply, care generously, and change lives one at a time. Scott is a professional speaker and author of Gold Star Father – Honoring a Hero and Remembering a Son in which he shares the story of his family’s loss and road back to recovery after their tragic loss. Mr. Warner is an advocate for surviving military families and veterans.

Ft Jennings Lent Speaker Series Continues

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ft Jennings is continuing their series of Sunday evening Lenten speakers. This Sunday, March 8 Homero L. Ortiz from Temperance, MI will be speaking on SUFFERING INTO SACRIFICE.
Growing up he was a migrant farm worker child in a family of twelve; and became an undercover migrant farm worker to expose child labor, their pesticide plight, and school truancy and housing conditions to the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and the Catholic Church. Homero performs as the world famous singer Tony Orlando and Dawn paying tribute to our military troops, police officers and their families. He also speaks at military funerals. Homero has been recognized by The United States Army, The Archdiocese of Detroit, The State of Michigan and has received the prestigious Alex Dow Award from The Detroit Edison Company. Mr Ortiz has been the guest speaker at countless men’s and women’s retreats, youth groups, federal correctional penitentiaries, and various protestant congregations. Homero is an active 4th degree Knight of Columbus at St. Antony in Temperance, Michigan.

All are welcome!

2015 Men’s Conference

It’s time once again for Toledo Catholic Men’s Conference! Scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Seagate Center in downtown Toledo, the Men’s Conference is another can’t miss event in the Toledo Diocese.

This year’s speakers include Dr Jeffrey Morrow, Marcus Grodi, and Dr Ray Guarendi. Dr Ray is the host of “The Dr Is In” program on Holy Family Radio, and Marcus Grodi is the longtime host of “The Journey Home” on EWTN television and on radio.

The day will also include outstanding workshops, Confession and will conclude with Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas!

Register to attend today: Register Here

Lenten Talk in Fort Jennings

Sunday March 1st at 6:00pm at St Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings, OH, Father Joshua Wagner will speak on THE FOUR PHRASES THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Fr. Wagner is from Holy Rosary St. John’s Parish Columbus, Ohio.

Father Wagner has traveled the country giving missions and retreats, as well as leadership conferences to parish councils. Fr. Wagner has his theological background from Rome itself, having studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum, and the Gregorian University in Rome, both of which are directly guided by the Holy see, the Pope. Father Wagner’s presentations use both humor as well as scriptural reflection, and theological insight that flows directly from the tradition the Roman Catholic Church.

Father Wagner is also the author of Stump The Priest, where he answers questions that are emailed to him.

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Jingle Bell Java is BACK!

Jingle Bell Java from Mystic Monk CoffeeWe are pleased to learn that Jingle Bell Java from Mystic Monk Coffee is now available again, just in time for the Holiday season! Every year coffee fans wait expectantly for the return of their favorite coffee flavor and Mystic Monk Coffee does not disappoint! According to their website,, Jingle Bell Java has been their most popular flavor, as it “charms the cup with essences of festive spice, white chocolate and bourbon. Jingle Bell Java is a flavor like no other. We coat the perfectly roasted Arabica beans with our secret flavor formula to make a fragrant coffee that is enjoyed by many each year at Christmas time. Even non-flavor drinkers have been won over by the endearing tastes of bourbon and spice.”

When we served it at several Meet & Greet events last year around the listening area many people came asking where they could get some for home. To get your Jingle Bell Java and other great flavors like their brand new Candy Cane flavor, just click the picture or this link. When you use these links, a portion of your purchase comes back to us to help keep WJTA on the air.

Hurry, because it won’t last long!

Bishop’s Corner Show Returning

Bishop Daniel Thomas Our friends at Annunciation Radio in Toledo recently announced that The Bishop’s Corner radio show will resume in December. Bishop Daniel Thomas, newly installed Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, has graciously agreed to take email questions from listeners and answer them on the radio.

Annunciation Radio first began broadcasting The Bishop’s Corner with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair during his tenure as bishop of Toledo, and we are grateful to Bishop Thomas for continuing the tradition. Bishop Thomas and Annunciation Radio invite you to email your questions for the bishop to Please include your name and the WJTA call letters so that they can identify what area of the diocese you are from.

We plan to air The Bishop’s Corner show in its previous time slots of Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm, with encores on the weekend. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the first episode!

New Bishop For Toledo Diocese

Bishop ThomasPope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, as Bishop-Designate of the Toledo Diocese. Bishop Thomas will succeed the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, who in December 2013 became Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut. Since then, the Reverend Charles Ritter has served as Diocesan Administrator.

Bishop Thomas will be installed as Bishop of Toledo at a Mass to be celebrated on October 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo. Bishop Thomas comes to Toledo with a wealth of credentials and experience, including a licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

For additional details, please visit the Diocese of Toledo’s website.

Welcome, Bishop Thomas!

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