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RALEIGH, NC, September 13, 2021 - - WETC-AM today announced that it will begin broadcasting The Catholic Current weekdays at 5:00 pm starting Monday, September 13th.

The Catholic Current, focuses on “Bringing Christ to the World and the World to Christ” through thought provoking conversations with guests on topics relating to current and historical issues, all from a Catholic perspective. Recent show topics included “Tools for Catholic Life”, “Misuse of Church Authority on Vaccination” and “Catholic Prophecy”.

Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J., produces and hosts The Catholic Current. He is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He has lectured worldwide on philosophy and theology. Fr. McTeigue is also a member of the National Ethics Committee of the Catholic Medical Association.

In its third year of production and heard on Catholic radio stations around the country, The Catholic Current is a production of Buffalo, NY- based Catholic media network The Station of the Cross.

About Divine Mercy Radio, Inc.

The Catholic Current and all Divine Mercy Radio programming can be heard on-air (AM-540), on-line (catholic540am.org) and on-app via the radio station’s free phone app for Android and iPhone (search ‘Divine Mercy Radio NC’).

Divine Mercy Radio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, is a volunteer operated and independently owned, 100% listener supported Catholic broadcasting company with studios in Raleigh, NC. Divine Mercy Radio owns non-commercial radio station WETC-AM, known on-air as Catholic 540-AM • Divine Mercy Radio.

In addition to Raleigh and Durham, the 10,000-watt radio station’s daytime signal (4,100-watt nighttime signal) reaches 3 million potential listeners across eastern and central North Carolina including Apex, Butner, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Kinston, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Wake Forest, Wendell, Wilson & Zebulon.

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh notes a Catholic population of 230,945 and an equal number of unregistered Catholics in the area.

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The happiness and respect found in the virtue of Chastity will be shared when respected speaker Jason Evert brings his Purified presentation to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday, September 12th.

Families (with children 13 years of age and older) are encouraged to attend Purified together.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00pm. Remaining tickets ($20 each) are selling quickly for this family event. Seats can be reserved by visiting chastity.com/purified.

Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio is a media sponsor of the Cary, NC presentation of Purified with Jason Evert.

Through their Chastity Project organization, Jason Evert and his wife Crystalina have spoken about the virtue of chastity on six continents to more than one million people, including World Youth Days in Australia, Spain, Poland, and Panama. They are the authors of more than fifteen books, including How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul and the curriculum YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body.

Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. They are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country, and their television appearances include Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, and EWTN.

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At St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh the blessings of the Holy Spirit were evident for all to see on August 27th, the feast Day of St. Monica.

Led by St Luke’s pastor, Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, V. F., concelebrated with Father Jairo Maldonado and assisted by Deacon Brian Phillips, over 100 Divine Mercy Radio listeners attended the closing Mass following the completion of our Catholic radio station’s Novena to St. Monica.

Catholic 540-AM established this feast day Mass and on-air Novena to St. Monica, the patron saint of lapsed Catholics, because the number one prayer request our radio station receives from listeners is from those praying for family and friends to return to their Catholic faith.

The Novena Prayers are permanently available on our website, catholic540am.org.

Divine Mercy Radio listeners were invited to submit the names of those in their lives who had left their faith, so that our Novena and Mass prayers to St. Monica would rekindle their Catholic spirit.

On Friday evening during the Mass, 775 listener submitted names were prayed over on the altar of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The beauty of every part of this special Mass cannot be overstated. While Divine Mercy Radio has broadcast many on-air Novena, this was the first Catholic Mass that Divine Mercy Radio had ever organized. It will not be our last.

Catholic 540-AM was humbled by the gracious way Msgr. Ingham and the community of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church embraced our listeners and volunteers as their own in their magnificent, holy Church and later in their community room for the Ice Cream Social that followed the Mass.

Because of that faith community’s familiar generosity and Catholicity, we believe many wandering souls will again hear the call of their faith to be enthusiastically welcomed back to Jesus.

As one might imagine, organizing a 9-day, pre-recorded radio Novena featuring a variety of supplicants leading a day’s Novena and ending with a Holy Mass and Ice Cream Social, was a pretty big job. As our listeners know, we are a 100% listener supported and 100% volunteer Catholic radio station.

We needed help and God provided us with Tina Dawson.

Tina and her husband Dale were tireless in their leadership efforts from beginning to end. Everyone associated with this St. Monica Novena and Mass is deeply grateful for Tina and Dale’s commitment to our Catholic faith and our Catholic radio ministry. Thank you.

But as Tina and Dale will tell you, so many other wonderful people supported this event as well.

The Divine Mercy Radio board of directors and volunteer staff is so appreciative of their help as well.

First and foremost, we are deeply thankful to Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, V. F., Father Jairo Maldonado, Deacon Brian Phillips as well as the altar servers, staff and parishioners of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Friday evening’s Mass was magnificent in large part because of your collective efforts.

Thank you to our Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio listeners who supported the Novena with their prayers and those who joined us at Friday’s Mass.

Leading the prayers of the on-air Novena, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio would like to thank:

• Msgr. Doug Reed, Pastor Emeritus of St. Michael The Archangel in Cary
• Fr. Jairo Maldonado of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh
• Seminarian Gabriel Nugent
• Deacon Brad Watkins of St. Catherine of Sienna in Wake Forest
• Fr. Steven DiMassimo of St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill
• Seminarian Kolbe Flood
• Deacon John DeGuzman
• Fr. Matthew Nwafor of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh

Many thanks to our fellow volunteers and Divine Mercy Radio supporters whose help made the night a success, including:

• Patricia Guin
• Victoria White (photographer)
• Monica Foley
• Cecelia and Keith Flanary

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Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia), and previously Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, issued a new catechetical aid for his current Diocese entitled “A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology”.

Bishop Burbidge’s short catechesis is a document to aid members of the his diocese who are unsure how to respond to the growth of transgenderism, especially those families whose children attend public schools.

A link to Bishop Michael Burbidge’s “A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology” can be found HERE.

Pictured: Pope Francis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.

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Join us for Divine Mercy Radio's SPECIAL SUMMER EVENT -- St. Monica Novena, Mass, and a free Ice Cream Social!

Because the number one prayer request is for family members who have left the faith, Divine Mercy Radio will air the St. Monica Novena beginning August 18 at 5 minutes before 10am, 2pm and 6pm. There will be a closing Mass on the Feast of St. Monica at 7 pm on Friday, August 27 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Raleigh..

Following the Friday evening Mass, Divine Mercy Radio will host a free Ice Cream Social!! Bring your whole family!

To submit the name(s) of those for whom you will be praying, and/or to sign up for the Ice Cream Social, please go to this SIGN UP PAGE. The first names of those being prayed for will be placed on the altar for the Mass on August 27.

St. Monica - Mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo

Monica's son Augustine refused to accept baptism and lived a passionate life with his mistress. For years Monica prayed, fasted, and cried silently for Augustine.

God heard and answered these prayers of this faithful mother. Augustine, abandoning his sinful ways, accepted baptism from St. Ambrose of Milan, on Easter Sunday, 387 AD.

St. Monica died secure in the knowledge that her son had heard God’s call and her work on earth was finished.

St. Monica is the patron saint of lapsed Catholics. Her feast is celebrated on August 27.

St. Monica Novena - Daily Intentions

Day One

Today we pray for all God’s people currently absent from our Home. May the Holy Spirit open their ears and hearts so they may hear this invitation to come home. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Two

Today we pray for those who were baptized Catholic, but were not blessed with families to guide them to spiritual maturity. May the Holy Spirit guide them back to our Catholic family. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Three

Today we pray for those who have been hurt by someone in the Church. May those of us in the Church today be a source of healing. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Four

Today we pray for those who take issue with the Church’s teachings. May the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to the truth and wisdom of those teachings. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Five

Today we pray for those whose sins make them feel unworthy to come to God. May they feel the warm embrace of Our Father’s loving forgiveness. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Six

Today we pray for all those who believe in their hearts but are fearful of judgment or institutions. May they find the support and joy of belonging to our Church community. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Seven

Today we pray for those who are resisting Your call due to pressures from friends and family members. May the Holy Spirit give them strength in their convictions and may the Holy Spirit fill the hearts of their friends and family with love and support. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Eight

Today we pray for those who feel abandoned by God. May they come to see God working in their lives, restore their faith in Him, and come home to His church. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Day Nine

Today we pray for those who are ready to come home and just need to be invited. May the Holy Spirit open our hearts and eyes to them that we may be the inviting and welcoming presence they seek. (Pray Novena Prayers)

Novena Prayers:

Exemplary mother of the Great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son...not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.

Teach us to remain close to all God’s children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.

Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius and your beloved son, Augustine.

Grant us that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for us, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear our plea for all family members and friends who have left the Holy Catholic Church, and grant us the grace to accept His will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

?Hail Mary (3 times)

Glory Be (3 times)

St. Monica, pray for us!

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In 1981, Mother Angelica dared to “do the ridiculous, so that God can accomplish the miraculous” by transforming her Poor Clares’ monastery garage in Irondale, Alabama into a Catholic television studio broadcasting just 4 hours a day.

Anyone with any professional broadcasting experience would have told you on August 15, 1981 that it would be well beyond reasonable or even fantastic expectations to think that such a haphazard enterprise would become what is today the largest religious media network in the world. Oh yes, and it is all supported solely by donations and underwriting.

But Mother Mary Angelica was a cloistered nun, not a broadcasting professional. She simply said “yes” to God.

Armed with only a high school education, $200, and 12 cloistered nuns with no television experience, Mother proceeded turned the garage of the monastery she founded into...a television studio! EWTN received its FCC license on Jan. 27, 1981, making it the first Catholic satellite television station in the United States. A few months later, on Aug. 15, 1981, EWTN began broadcasting four hours a day to 60,000 homes.

Raleigh, North Carolina’s Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio, through its affiliation with the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, is one of 500 domestic and international EWTN radio affiliates. WETC-AM’s affiliation is also part of EWTN’s enormous radio broadcast platform including worldwide shortwave radio, direct broadcast satellite; programming transmitted through SIRIUS/XM and iHeart Radio.

Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio, like EWTN, is 100% listener supported. We are an independent lay apostolate that does not receive financial support from the Diocese of Raleigh. Without the regular financial contributions of our wonderful listeners and the critical financial support of our Business Underwriters, WETC-AM could not stay on the air.

On this 40th Anniversary of EWTN, we pray you will consider supporting their mission with a donation to EWTN.

Finally, we also humbly ask that if you are not yet a donor to Divine Mercy Radio, please donate here.

Thank you for your support of our broadcasting ministries and may God bless you.

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Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio was honored to broadcast live from St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Cary as the parish hosted “An Evening with Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ”.

The dinner and presentation allowed invited guests to listen to Fr. Spitzer present his talk “The Four Levels of Happiness”, offering his Catholic perspective based on timeless principles going back to Aristotle - who said that happiness is the one thing we desire in and of itself, everything else is desired for the sake of happiness.

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Spitzer Center. A scholar, teacher, author, and seasoned leader, Fr. Spitzer is a pre-eminently a theologian and philosopher. His other fields of expertise, however, include management science, finance, ethics, and physics. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1952, Fr. Spitzer entered the Society of Jesus in 1974, was ordained a priest on June 11, 1983, and took final vows April 4, 1992.

In addition to a pre-talk interview with Fr. Spitzer, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio hosts Ellen White and Peter K. O’Connell also interviewed the event’s organizer, local Catholic businessman Bob Luddy and St. Michael’s pastor Fr. Michael Burbeck. Many of the guests in attendance were also interviewed a part of the exclusive, live broadcast.

Divine Mercy Radio will soon announce a rebroadcast date for the event which can be heard on Catholic 540-AM and the Divine Mercy Radio app - available to download for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

(Pictured l-r Catholic 540-AM Volunteer Program Director Peter K. O'Connell, Divine Mercy Radio Executive Director Cecelia Flanary, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ & Catholic 540-AM Host Ellen White)

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While we have always been a 100% listener supported Catholic radio station, there’s nothing like a live on-air pledge drive to remind us how generous our listeners can be.

Whether it was $1.00 or $1,000, we are sincerely grateful for all the donations we received.

All of the funds raised go towards Our Daily Bread...meaning our daily operational expenses to operate our volunteer radio station serving eastern and central North Carolina

We received some extra matching funds after the pledge drive so IF YOU STILL WANT TO DONATE, YOU CAN!!

CLICK THIS LINK to go to our donate form. All donations to Divine Mercy Radio are tax deductible.

If you are a business owner and would like to donate through our Business Sponsor program - which includes announcements about your business on Divine Mercy Radio, please CLICK HERE.

(Pictured: Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham, VF of St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh with Divine Mercy Radio Pledge Drive Host Peter K. O'Connell during Catholic 540-AM's Spring 2021 Live On-Air Pledge Drive)

THANK YOU TO OUR ON-AIR PLEDGE DRIVE GUESTS INCLUDING:

• Deacon Arthur Powers – Divine Mercy Radio Board Member, Author
• Fr. Peter Devereux - Pastor at St. Joseph Church, Legionaries of Christ
• Josh Lonnecker – Catholic 540-AM
• Deacon John De Guzman - Diocese of Raleigh Seminarian
• Joe Rothengast - Divine Mercy Radio Board Member, St Luke's parishioner
• Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham - Pastor St. Luke’s Church
• Ellen White - host of Catholic 540-AM’s Faith Works
• Bob Luddy - CEO of Captiveaire
• Fr Joshua West, Chaplin at NC State University
• Christine Sulzen - Ignited By Truth
• Joe Smolenski II - Renaissance Funeral Home
• Patricia Guin, Divine Mercy Radio Board Member
• Lisa Piratsky - In His Name Catholic Store, St. Joseph Church Chalice Program for Seminarians
• Anne Allen & Tyler Brooks - Thomas More Society
• Luci Pasarin – Producer Catholic 540-AM’s Meet The Priest
• Vince Govan - Catholic 540-AM Volunteer
• Dr. Johnny Nelson
• Tom Kenna – Kenna Custom Painting
• Patrick Yanke – Yanke Financial
• Deborah Pergerson - Legion of Mary at St. Joseph Church
• Joe Deaton - Catholic 540-AM Listener
• Alexander Guin - Catholic 540-AM Listener
• Eileen Mayhew - 40 Days for Life
• Gretchen and Kobe Inkumsah - Natural Family Planning
• Msgr. Doug Reed – Pastor Emeritus at St. Michael The Archangel Church
• Brittany Makely - host of Catholic 540-AM’s Bits of Beauty
• Wendy Edwards (Charismatic Prayer Group at St. Joseph Church) & Msgr. John Williams
• Mary Beth Phillips - Family Honor

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Eastern and central North Carolina’s 100% listener supported Catholic radio station, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio, will host its next Live On-Air Pledge Drive Wednesday, April 14th through Friday April 16th. This will be the volunteer-run radio station’s first Live On-Air Pledge Drive of 2021.

The theme of this Spring Pledge Drive is “Our Daily Bread”.

The fundraising focus is to raise money specifically and importantly for the Raleigh-based Catholic broadcaster’s significant monthly bills for normal operations. For example, 10,000/4,400 watt radio stations that operate 24 hours a day use a lot of electricity – monthly operational bills like that add up for Divine Mercy Radio.

Because Catholic 540-AM is completely independent and not financially supported by any Diocese, Divine Mercy Radio relies on the generosity of its listener-donors to pay the station’s bills for normal operations and critical projects. Businesses can also support the radio station through advertising/underwriting programs that feature on-air and website announcement for the businesses.

None of the fundraising for this Spring’s “Our Daily Bread” fundraising campaign for Divine Mercy Radio will go towards the station business loan it took out when the 501(c)(3) corporation bought WETC-AM two years ago.

To donate, supporters can make their tax deductible donation by calling 919-300-5400 or by visiting the website catholic540am.org.

Donations can also be made via Divine Mercy Radio app for iPhone and Android; available via the Apple App Store or Google Play, the Divine Mercy Radio FREE app can be found by searching "Divine Mercy Radio NC".

Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio is North Carolina’s largest Catholic radio station.

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The 18th annual Ignited By Truth Conference will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am-5pm ET on the IBT YouTube Channel.

Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Schmitz, Fr. Chris Alar, Matthew Leonard, Patricia Sandoval, and John Pridmore.

Register at IgnitedByTruth.org for FREE access, including weekly pre-conference talks!

Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio is the official radio sponsor the Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE

CONFERENCE AGENDA (Eastern Time) as of 4/21/21
11:00 AM - Dr. Scott Hahn

"It Is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion"
Note: The conference stream with this talk is available only for 24 hours.

12:00 PM - John Pridmore

"A Limitless Love"
plus Student Testimonies from NC State Catholic Campus Ministry
and Eucharistic Adoration
(with Fr. Ian Van Heusen and Students at ECU Newman, Greenville, NC)

1:00 PM - Fr. Michael Schmitz

"Christ and Cancel Culture"

2:00 PM - Patricia Sandoval

"Transfigured: Escape from Drugs, Homelessness, and the Back Doors of Planned Parenthood"

3:00 PM - Matthew Leonard

“The Good News of Great Hope”

4:00 PM - Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

"The Eucharist: God's Gift of Mercy"

5:30 PM – Vigil Mass with Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham

(LIVE at St. Luke the Evangelist, Raleigh, NC)
St. Luke's YouTube Channel

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EDITOR’S NOTE: From eastern and central North Carolina’s 100% listener supported Catholic radio station comes the first blog post in a series about our new Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio app for Google Android and Apple iPhones. Our free Catholic radio app has many helpful and prayerful features that we want you to know about and use in your spiritual journey.

Step one to enjoying all the benefits of the Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio app for Google Android and Apple iPhones is to DOWNLOAD the free app.

To do that, please go to the existing app store on your phone where you download all your current apps.

For Android smartphones, you would go to the Google Play store app?.

For Apple iPhones, you would go to the App Store app.

When your App Store app is open on your phone, search Divine Mercy Radio NC and you should see something that looks like this.

Click “GET” and it will download for free automatically. Then you will have the Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio Smartphone App on your phone.

Enjoy exploring the app!

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Eastern and central North Carolina’s Catholic radio station, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio, is introducing two new morning programs that will begin on Monday, February 22nd.

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Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction about the future of winter 2021 matters little to listeners of Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio. That's because mornings for our listeners are about to get a lot more Relevant and Brighter!!

When you start your mornings with eastern and central North Carolina’s Catholic radio station starting on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 am, you’ll enjoy a peppier, more informative and more spiritually uplifting listening experience.

And we’ll keep that momentum going all morning long with some new and returning radio friends that make listening to Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio such an important part of your day.

Whether you listen On-Air (540-AM), On-Line (catholic540am.org) or On-App (for iPhone - via the App Store - or for Android Phone - via Google Play?) your mornings are about to get a whole lot more Relevant and Bright on February 22nd beginning at 6:00 am.

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Sometimes February in our area can be kinda cold, rainy and blah.

Well in 2021, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio aims to change those blahs to oh boy...especially in the morning!!

Beginning on Monday, February 22, Divine Mercy Radio will be changing its morning line up with some great new Catholic programs that will help you start your day with a bit more pep!

Great Catholic conversation, prayerful insight and even fun! We aim to make February mornings...and mornings for the whole rest of the year a whole lot better!

Tune in February 22nd for great new shows and many of your old favorites on eastern and central North Carolina’s Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio!

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On Saturday, January 16, 2021, hundreds of people from across our state came to Raleigh to stand up for the protection of the unborn at the North Carolina Right to Life Rally and March.

Covering it all as it happened, the volunteers and staff of Catholic 540-AM, Divine Mercy Radio broadcast the entire rally LIVE from downtown Raleigh’s Bicentennial Square, as well as covering the Diocesan events that preceded it.

Catholic 540-AM Right to Life broadcasts began at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh with the Rosary for Life. This was followed by a Mass for Life with Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama presiding, which also carried live on Divine Mercy Radio.

Our radio anchors, producers and engineers then convened in downtown Raleigh for the Rally and March.

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As eastern and central North Carolina’s 100% listener supported Catholic radio station, it is very humbling for all our volunteers to get together twice a year and ask listeners for donations during our live on-air pledge drives.

But our listeners again have answered the call and, with their donations, have ensured Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio will remain on the air to broadcast “The Word of God Through The Power of Radio”.

As grateful as we are to our donors, we are equally humbled by our guests who came on the air to ask for pledges as well as our volunteers who manned the phones to take donations. We would like to take a moment to recognize our guests and volunteers here.

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Like many across the Diocese of Raleigh, we awoke this morning to the terribly sad news of the death of Father Phil Tighe, following a long battle with cancer.

We’ve all been touched by Father Tighe in countless ways and Divine Mercy Radio was certainly no exception. From this station’s early days to only months ago, Fr. Tighe was an active supporter of our radio apostolate. For his wonderful encouragement, the volunteers of Catholic 540-AM are eternally grateful to Fr. Phil.

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