NET debuts ‘Refreshing Faith’ TV series on lifesaving leaders

As Americans are bombarded with bad news, New Evangelization Television (NET) comes to the rescue with the uplifting series Refreshing Faith. On this new show hosted by Johanna Botta (pictured left), she showcases people and organizations who improve the lives of many by incorporating faith and humanity.

Starting October 16, the six-part series airs on Wednesdays at 9 PM and 9:30 PM ET, plus Sundays at 9 AM ET. Refreshing Faith airs on Cablevision Channel 30 and Time Warner Cable Channel 97 in the New York metro area. Across the USA, NET programs are on Verizon FiOS On Demand. To watch Refreshing Faith on Verizon FiOS, select the “Religion” folder, then “NET Catholic.”

October 16: Johanna interviews the inspiring Sisters of Life, who take their faith to the streets of New York, support pregnant women in crisis, and provide post-abortion healing retreats.

October 23: In the United States, October is National Depression Awareness Month and Johanna examines what the Church, priests, therapists and laypeople can do to treat psychological depression. Her guests are Dr. Philip Mango, licensed psychotherapist and president of the St. Michael’s Institute, a clinic which integrates psychology, psychiatry and theology, as well as Monsignor John Cihak, co-author of the newly released book The Catholic Guide to Depression.

October 30: Johanna interviews Father Juan José Ungidos about Santa Rosa de Lima, patroness of Latin America and the Philippines, the first Latin American canonized and what her life means to the entire human family. Father Ungidos is in charge of the Sanctuary of Santa Rosa de Lima in Lima, Peru.

November 6: Few Americans know that sexual slavery takes place in the United States or that teenagers are kidnapped and prostituted by traffickers – and it’s a major criminal ring in New York City. In this episode, Johanna interviews Chong Kim, who was kidnapped in Dallas at the age of 19, but escaped her captors. The new stunning movie Eden is based on her ordeal and Johanna explores what we can do to stop this shocking crime.

November 13: In Brooklyn, the Oratory Church of Saint Boniface is a thriving Catholic community that has attracted parishioners from all the New York boroughs. What’s their secret? Johanna gets answers from Father Dennis Corrado, cofounder and provost, and David Gibson, writer, filmmaker, Catholic convert and author of The Coming of the Catholic Church: How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American Catholicism. Other guests include Father Joel Warden, the pastor, and Father Anthony Andreassi, parochial vicar.

November 20: Johanna profiles the March for Life, its humble origins, how it has grown to the enormous annual march on Washington, why it’s popular with young people, and progress in pro-life legislation. Her guests include Jeanne Monahan, successor to the late Nellie Gray as president of March for Life Education and Defense Fund; Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America; Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life; and Caitlin Borgmann, professor at the City University of New York Law School and editor of its Reproductive Rights Prof Blog.

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