The Catholic Radio Association is promoting a national day of prayer for Catholic radio stations, Saturday, August 14.
The Second Annual Day of Prayer for Catholic Radio seeks to draw attention to issues and opportunities for those stations in a changing market.
“The apostolate of Catholic radio is facing incredible opportunities for growth,” CRA states in an e-mail to supporters. “A buyer's market for radio stations, NCE FM permits being issued and built, and a new low-power FM window on the horizon.”
Association President Stephen Gajdosik counts 170 Catholic stations in the United States, up from seven in 1997. “There are currently over 100 NCE FM CPs to be built, and members continue to buy stations. New ones [are] coming online in the next few months include Toledo, D.C. and Boston.”
The association encouraged pastors to mention Catholic radio during the Mass on Aug. 14; and a special Catholic radio prayer has been written for the occasion. Bishop Michael Sheridan recorded a prayer for airing on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) and Relevant Radio. Prayers will be offered by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and a mass celebrated by the Friars at the Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, Conn.
Aug.14 was chosen because it is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, an early practitioner of using the radio in ministry. He is also famous for offering himself in place of another prisoner for punishment in Auschwitz, where he perished.