Ignited By Truth 2022

Carolina Catholic has two shows featuring four of the speakers of the upcoming 19th Annual Ignited by Truth to be held in Raleigh on April 6. In the first show, we chat with Patrick Madrid, Fr. Chris Alar, and Ralph Martin; in the second, Msgr. Stephen Rosetti.  

Show 1

Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid hosts the “Patrick Madrid Show” radio program on Relevant Radio, which airs in major metro markets across the nation.

In 2012 Patrick launched the daily “Right Here, Right Now” radio show on the Immaculate Heart Radio, on Sirius Satellite Radio, and globally via shortwave. From 2007-2012 he hosted EWTN’s Thursday edition of the “Open Line” show. He also wrote and hosted several television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That in the Bible?”

Patrick established the Envoy Institute in 1996 and from 1996-2011 published the quarterly Catholic journal, Envoy Magazine. The Envoy Institute operated the Catholic Apologetics Academy and Catholic Apologetics Summer Camp.

He has authored or edited 26 books including, Why Be Catholic? (Random House) and Life Lessons: 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 Years (Ignatius Press). 

From 1988 to 1996, Patrick worked at Catholic Answers, where he served as vice president. While there, he wrote the booklet Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, tens of millions of copies of which have been distributed globally in English, Spanish, and other languages.

Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

Patrick serves as an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. He also taught for several semesters as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a research fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies.

A former member of the board of trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, he now serves on the board of trustees of the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has served as an adviser for several national Catholic organizations and was a founding board member of the Catholic Marketing Network.

Christendom College bestowed its Pro Deo et Patria award upon Patrick when he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of 2020.




Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

Father Chris Alar, MIC, is a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Chris wrote and produced the popular “Divine Mercy 101” DVD and is the author of the bestselling book After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You. He is a regular host and guest on EWTN and he also hosts the online “Divine Mercy Matters” series at DivineMercyMatters.org. Currently he serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of Marian Press, located on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.




Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries.

Ralph is also the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.

He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saintsand many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelizationand The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. His most recent book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, examines the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ while also using both Scripture and Tradition to fortify the faithful.

Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and nineteen grandchildren.




Show 2

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse.  He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force. 

After ordination, he served in two parishes before becoming Director of Education of the House of Affirmation. For 18 years, he served as the Executive Vice President and then the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious men and women. 

He is author of the Paulist Press bestseller I Am Awake and Twenty-Third Publications’ Fire on the Earth. He is author of the Ave Maria book: When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic.  His book The Joy of Priesthood won a Catholic Press Association award.  He edited Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary and Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests.  His research book on priesthood called Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests was released in Oct 2011.  He published in 2013: Letters to My BrothersWords of Hope and Challenge for Priests. His latest work is: Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle against Ancient Evil published by Sophia Institute Press. 

A licensed psychologist in the States of Maryland and Massachusetts, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic University.  He was chair of the Maryland Psychological Association’s ethics committee. 

He received a Proclaim Award from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, a Lifetime Service Award from Theological College, a Touchstone Award from the NFPC, the 2013 John Paul II leadership award from the National Catholic Education Association, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Msgr. Rossetti is a research associate professor at the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the President of St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal (www.catholicexorcism.org). Msgr. Rossetti has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington for over 12 years.




Show 3

Nikki Kingsley

What is the Truth?

This was the burning question that led Nikki  Kingsley  on her journey from Islam to Christianity.

Nikki’s  remarkable  story  began  in  Pakistan  where  she  was  born  in  a Muslim family. She arrived in America at the age of thirty with her two young children, seeking freedom from an arranged marriage, and discovered the promise found in the dream called America.

Nikki’s life as a Muslim went through a dramatic turn when she had an extraordinary  series  of  mystical  experiences.  These  events  prompted her to question and reconsider the Muslim faith that she had practiced for 40 years.

Ultimately, this led Nikki to The Truth in the person of Jesus Christ.

A  compelling  speaker,  Nikki  now  shares  her  life-changing  story  of faith and hope––a story of a journey from the culture, faith, and traditions of the East to the freedom of the West.

Nikki  Kingsley’s  dynamic  account  of  her  faith  journey into Light is detailed in her book, Thirst for Truth: From Mohammad to Jesus.





Listen to the Shows

Show 1: Patrick Madrid, Father Chris Alar, MIC and Ralph Martin

Show 2 : Monsignor Stephen Rosetti

Show 3 : Nikki Kingsley

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