Sunday, April 14, 2024

EWTN Personality Father Wade Menezes Will Keynote Annual Dinner for Holy Family Radio

EWTN Personality Father Wade Menezes Will Keynote Annual Dinner for Holy Family RadioPopular EWTN personality, author and itinerant preacher Father Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy will keynote Holy Family Radio’s annual spring benefit dinner in April, and station personnel are hoping the priest’s popularity will be the biggest draw yet for the yearly fundraiser.

WHYF 720 AM is in its 13th year of broadcasting with a mission of nourishing the faith of Catholics and sharing the faith with others. From its studio in Shiremanstown, Cumberland County, Holy Family Radio is the only Catholic radio station in central Pennsylvania.

As a listener-supported station, Holy Family Radio is dependent upon financial donations for its continued presence on air, online and on its free app. As such, the annual spring benefit dinner is an important fundraiser for the ministry.

This year’s event will be Friday, April 12 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, located at 4650 Lindle Road, just off Route 283. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet with Father Menezes, who will also be signing copies of his latest book. The evening will include dinner at 7 p.m., music and door prizes and will be highlighted by Father Menezes’ keynote presentation. The cost of the dinner is $100 per person.

“This dinner is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It is critical to meeting our financial obligations so we can continue to bring Catholic radio to central Pennsylvania,” said Joe Nebistinsky, station manager. “We have more volunteers, more local shows and more people downloading our app than ever before. This dinner fundraiser is critical to that ongoing mission.”

Father Menezes is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. He has served as Assistant General and as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the order, and as chaplain-in-residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Both the shrine and monastery are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

As an itinerant preacher for the Fathers of Mercy, Father Menezes has preached throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He has produced and hosted numerous televised series for EWTN, including “The Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death” and “The Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life.”

Father Menezes is the author of three books: “The Four Last Things: A Catechetical Guide to Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell,” “Overcoming the Evil Within: The Reality of Sin and the Transforming Power of God’s Grace and Mercy,” and “Catholic Essentials: A Guide to Understanding Key Church Teachings.

Father Menezes hosts EWTN Global Catholic Radio’s “Open Line Tuesday,” which is heard Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on WHYF.

“We’re hoping that his name will attract people to the dinner, from folks who recognize him from “Open Line Tuesday” and his appearances on EWTN television as well. We know there are a lot of Catholics who are familiar with him and enjoy his programming,” Nebistinsky said.

Holy Family Radio continues to expand its mission with new programming, including recently-added shows such as “Catholic Focus” and “Cursillo Corner.” Routine weather reports are also a new staple in its programming.

Starting out solely at 720 AM on the radio dial, Holy Family has expanded its reach through the digital realm since its first broadcast in the summer of 2010. Listeners can now tune in live at, and access the station via its free app, available in the App Store and on Google Play.

“We believe that Catholic radio is one of the best tools for evangelization today, because it brings the truth of the Catholic faith in a personal and local way,” Nebistinsky said. “EWTN and Holy Family Radio not only provide important information about the faith to those who are Catholic, they are also evangelization tools to people who are not Catholic and find themselves tuning in.”

RSVP for the benefit dinner by Monday, April 1. Find more information and register for the event at or call 717-525-8110.

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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