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Divine Mercy Sunday will be a Spiritual Sensation in Southeast Iowa

Catholic Author and Radio Personality Headlines 'Unveiling Mercy' event in Burlington 

YofMercyOval_186x279.jpgBURLINGTON, IA 3/2/2016 — Best-selling author and radio host Patrick Madrid will visit St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Burlington, Iowa on April 2 to present a seminar on the biblical and historical foundations of the Catholic Faith.

His seminar, entitled "Why Be Catholic", is billed as “an informative presentation aimed at showing how the Bible, current events, and the facts of Christian history can answer common questions and challenges to the Catholic Church, its teachings, and practices.”

The 'Unveiling Mercy' event will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., April 1st with Diocese of Davenport Bishop Martin Amos celebrating Holy Mass and speaking on God's Mercy immediately following. Patrick Madrid will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m., April 2. All events are open to the public. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken. You don't need to be Catholic to benefit from Patrick's engaging speaking style.

After an intermission for refreshments and a book signing by Mr. Madrid, who will have many of his books, DVDs, and CDs available, a lively question-and-answer session with extended audience participation will conclude the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be on your own with downtown Burlington offering many options close-by.

Why_Be_Catholic_cover_150x225.jpgSunday afternoon the 3-day event will conclude with prayers beginning at 2 p.m. and the celebration of the Deanery-wide Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Church, one of several locations designated as a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage Church for Pope Francis's declared Year of Mercy.

Patrick Madrid has authored or edited 23 books on Catholic themes including, Why Be Catholic? (Doubleday), Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That?, The Godless Delusion, and the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series. Mr. Madrid earned a B.S. in business management, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 34 years and have eleven children and 17 grandchildren.

In addition to his work as an author, Madrid also hosts the popular morning-drive “Patrick Madrid” show on the Immaculate Heart Radio Network (www.ihradio.com/patrick), heard Monday through Friday from 8-11 am Central time. At the invitation of numerous bishops and priests, he has conducted hundreds of apologetics and evangelization conferences in English and Spanish at parishes, seminaries, and universities across the U.S., as well as throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

“Apologetics” is a term in Catholic theology referring to the process of explaining the Catholic Faith and answering questions and addressing objections in a charitable and respectful way. Catholics regard verses such as 1 Peter 3:15-16 and Jude 3 as biblical exhortations to engage in apologetics discussions with non-Catholics.


Apologetics has been present in the Catholic Church since the days of the New Testament. Some prominent Catholic apologists include St. Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Francis de Sales, and John Henry Newman. The field of Catholic apologetics and evangelization has experienced a strong resurgence, especially among lay Catholics in the United States, in the last decade.

In addition to his conference work, Mr. Madrid is a regular presenter at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Defending the Faith” summer conferences, where he has served as an adjunct professor of theology. He is also an adjunct professor in the graduate theology program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT.

Cardinal Edward Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, commented on Mr. Madrid’s unique and effective approach to Catholic apologetics and evangelization saying, “How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid’s advice in [his book] Search and Rescue.”

For more information on the April 1-3 Jubilee Year of Mercy seminar titled 'Unveiling Mercy,' at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, please call Heather Tieman 1-319-759-4508 or visit our websites at www.ssjohnpaulburl.org or www.kcdmradio.org. - Find more information on Patrick Madrid at: http://www.patrickmadrid.com


What is Divine Mercy?

The Message of the Divine Mercy that Sr. Faustina received from the Lord was not only directed toward her personal growth in faith but also toward the good of the people. With the command of our Lord to paint an image according to the pattern that Sr. Faustina had seen, came also a request to have this image venerated, first in the Sisters' chapel, and then throughout the world. The same is true with the revelations of the Chaplet. The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by Sr. Faustina, but by others: "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you."

If you would like to learn how to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click on the link under the microphone on this page.


Wrapping Phase I

Phase I of our Revitalization Project is complete. We have twice as much room in the new shelter, but we are still using the same electronic equipment we started with a decade ago.

In Phase II we plan to update our computers, broadcasting and recording equipment. That will enable us to do more with local programming to improve communications to Catholics in our area about what's going on in Burlington. We want to work with the Parishes and Catholic Schools to bring local events directly to the people. Work will continue here, on the web site as well and we hope to add an online stream of our local signal at some point. 

In Phase III we hope to build an endowment to ensure we can cover operating expenses going forward. Please help us if you are able. Offer your prayers for our continued success if you are not. We know God will provide. We are sure The Holy Spirit has been guiding our efforts so far. God Bless.