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The Manfredonias – Seeking First The Kingdom!

On Wednesday, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting with Jim Manfredonia. Jim and his wife Cheryl are the owners of Catholic radio station WFJS-AM in Trenton, NJ. The station’s call letters represent the initials of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a master of evangelizing through the media.

My first conversation with Jim and Cheryl occurred when I was interviewed on their Friday morning radio show a few weeks ago and I knew right away that they were special people. As she listened to the broadcast, my wife picked up on it as well. These folks provide us with a great example of what Jesus meant when He said, “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33). In May of 2003, Jim and Cheryl incorporated the Domestic Church Media Foundation with the intention of producing quality television and radio programs for distribution throughout the U.S. as well as establishing a Catholic radio station in New Jersey with coverage that would eventually include New York City. On July 25, 2008, the Manfredonias announced that Domestic Church Media had signed a contract to purchase a 5000 watt station, WBUD 1260 AM in Trenton, NJ. Most recently, the couple announced plans to launch an FM station in 2010 which will give them an even larger listening audience.

As you can probably imagine, Jim and Cheryl are not getting rich from their efforts…in fact, just the opposite is happening. They are taking a huge financial risk , but they believe strongly in the need for Catholic radio in New Jersey, and so do I! This generous couple is putting their own security aside to help us get closer to Christ. For that, I say “Thank You”!
Please visit their website at to learn more about their work (or to listen over the Internet) and kindly keep their apostolate in your prayers. I know that this is a difficult time of year, but please consider a donation to this worthy cause. By contributing, you will be making an investment in the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth and, unlike the banks these days, He pays great “interest”!

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