I wanted to give our listeners a "heads up" on what's going on with Francis Watch and The Spiritual Life for the month of April, so that I can hopefully head off the emails which I will surely still get from listeners. Both of these shows, if the schedule were kept, were to air during Holy Week, and then - life happened.
The Spiritual Life with Father Bernard and Nicholas was originally supposed to air on Easter Sunday. Both Father and Nicholas were going to press forward with doing it that Sunday to stay on schedule, even though it would impose a burden on them both since it was going to be on Easter Sunday that they would be doing the show, taking time away from their respective celebrations to air the show. However, Father Bernard came down with a very severe case of bronchitis and was incredibly ill all during holy week, and is still recovering. Keep him in your prayers. Father is still not well enough, having just run the gauntlet of Holy Week, to prepare adequately for the show. So since this is going to be an ongoing show, running multiple seasons, we are in no hurry to ask Father to try to prepare a show in his condition. So we will pick up with The Spiritual Life next month at the usual time slot - the third Sunday of the month, May 18th, at 4pm ET.
Francis Watch, had the schedule been kept, would have aired on Holy Thursday. This obviously was a no-go. So I had tentatively agreed with Bishop Sanborn and Father Cekada that we would air on the last Thursday of the month. This show, when it airs, will be huge - because it is take a break from covering Mr. Bergoglio and focusing solely on the "canonizations" of John Paul II and John XXIII.
I spoke with Bishop Sanborn today, who is recovering from surgery, and his schedule is incredibly hectic with travel over the next two weeks. His Excellency rightly stated that the show prep for this show is immense and is going to require an extraordinary amount of time out of him. Normally, Father Cekada show plans Francis Watch, but this show is going to be Bishop Sanborn's work from start to finish - meaning he is show planning it for all of us, and we are going to present his material on the air. So in order to work around his travel requirements, and all the while respecting the reality that this show is going to take a copious amount of preparation time (he has a team working on helping him prepare), it is best that we postpone the show for probably about two weeks and it will most likely air in the first half of May. But rest assured, we will definitely air this show, and it will be a big one. Because of the nature of this show, and the material to be presented, my right honourable colleague Stephen Heiner will be joining us in a co-host capacity for this show. We will make an announcement when an official air date is settled on and promote it through our social media channels.
So that's an update from the Restoration Radio bunker on the happenings with those two shows. Thank you for your understanding and patience - we will be back shortly.
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