The Church Universal

The Church Universal

2014 - 2017, Religion
Groups that make an impact in the world through charity and prayerful lives.

Episode Guide

  • The Church Universal - Neocatechumenal Way: Transmission of Faith to the Next Generation (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Neocatechumenal Way: Transmission of Faith to the Next Generation

    Fr. Joseph invites members of the Neocatechumenal Way to share effective catechesis techniques for passing on the Faith to the next generation.

  • The Church Universal - National Catholic Partnership on Disability: Faith, Giftedness, Partnership (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    National Catholic Partnership on Disability: Faith, Giftedness, Partnership

    Members of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability join Fr. Joseph to discuss making churches accessible and welcoming for people with disabilities.

  • The Church Universal - Cross Catholic Outreach: Five Critical Mercy Missions of the Church (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Cross Catholic Outreach: Five Critical Mercy Missions of the Church

    Members of Cross Catholic Outreach highlight the varied needs of the many different communities they help serve, and how their apostolate aids the Church in meeting those needs.

  • The Church Universal - St. Paul Street Evangelization: How to Bring the Light of Christ to Others (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    St. Paul Street Evangelization: How to Bring the Light of Christ to Others

    Members of St. Paul Street Evangelization share their methods of spreading the Gospel message on the street.

  • The Church Universal - Neocatechumenal Way: Missio Ad Gentes (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Neocatechumenal Way: Missio Ad Gentes

    Members of the Neocatechumenal Way discuss the rising number of people with no religious affiliation and how their movement reaches out to them.

  • The Church Universal - The Importance of Integral Missions (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Importance of Integral Missions

    Cross Catholic Outreach apostolate members join Fr. Joseph to explain the importance of addressing spiritual needs as well as material ones.

  • The Church Universal - National Catholic Partnership on Disability: Where Faith and Disability Meet (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    National Catholic Partnership on Disability: Where Faith and Disability Meet

    Fr. Joseph invites members of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to discuss difficulties that Catholics with disabilities face and share effective means of removing these barriers to enrich parish life.

  • The Church Universal - Go and Make Disciples of All the Nations (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Go and Make Disciples of All the Nations

    St. Paul Street Evangelization members discuss the many rewards of bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the streets.

  • The Church Universal - Empowering Catholic Missions Worldwide (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Empowering Catholic Missions Worldwide

    Members of the Cross Catholic Outreach join Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe to explain how their apostolate invests and empowers the local Church to aid the poor in other countries.

  • The Church Universal - The New Evangelization (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    The New Evangelization

    Members of the Mother of Divine Grace School demonstrate how they prepare their students to be well versed in their Catholic faith and their role in the New Evangelization.

  • The Church Universal - Call: The Time is Now (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    Call: The Time is Now

    Diana Richardson-Vela and Rodrigo Vela discuss how their organization helps Catholic Latinos remain true to their faith in the United States.

  • The Church Universal - Living the Works of Mercy (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Living the Works of Mercy

    Catholic Extension's president, Fr. Jack Wall, reflects on the Year of Mercy and how Catholics can work mercy into their daily lives.

  • The Church Universal - A Better Way (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    A Better Way

    Coordinating members of the Teams of Our Lady share how these groups help married couples come together and grow in martial love.

  • The Church Universal - How Grandparents Make a Difference (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    How Grandparents Make a Difference

    Members of the Catholic Grandparents Association explain that grandparents can make a difference in exposing their grandchildren to Catholicism in households where faith is absent.

  • The Church Universal - Introduction to Mother of Divine Grace School (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Introduction to Mother of Divine Grace School

    Members of the Mother of Divine Grace School discuss how they get parents to help their children master the art of critical thinking and grow up to be successful adults.

  • The Church Universal - Pastors Who Smell Like Their Sheep (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Pastors Who Smell Like Their Sheep

    Fr. Jack Wall, President of Catholic Extension, talks about missionary priests who serve the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the United States.

  • The Church Universal - Call: Meeting the Faith Crisis of Hispanics (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Call: Meeting the Faith Crisis of Hispanics

    Members from the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders share how business leaders help ensure that the faith is passed on to the next generation.

  • The Church Universal - Growing in Marriage Spirituality (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Growing in Marriage Spirituality

    With the support of other married couples and the Church, husbands and wives can grow deeper in holiness and their love for each other.

  • The Church Universal - The Origins and Mission of CGA (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    The Origins and Mission of CGA

    Catherine Wiley and Michael LaCorte of the Catholic Grandparents Association help Catholic grandparents get involved with their grandchildren's faith.

  • The Church Universal - The Good News About Catholic Sisters (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    The Good News About Catholic Sisters

    Catholic Extension President Fr. Jack Wall remembers the Catholic missionary sisters who came from Europe to serve the United States, and lauds the efforts of sisters from Latin America to assist the Latino community.

  • The Church Universal - Finishing Strong (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Finishing Strong

    Joe and Baby Lou Tale, and Drs. Joe and Mila Yamamoto explain that older couples' experience and wisdom are invaluable to the Church.

  • The Church Universal - Go Out to the Periphery: Culture, Charity and Mission (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Go Out to the Periphery: Culture, Charity and Mission

    Fr. Joseph Wolfe is joined by Fr. Jose Medina, coordinator of the Communion and Liberation Movement, as well as John Touhey,Christopher Vath, and Jackie Aldrette, the managing director of AVSI-USA.

  • The Church Universal - Society Benefits for the Parish (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Society Benefits for the Parish

    Hosted by Fr. Joseph Wolfe; Sheila Gilbert and Dave Barringer share how the Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps the poor while inspiring parish members to get involved.

  • The Church Universal - Young People and the Focolare Movement (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Young People and the Focolare Movement

    Members of The Focolare Movement share why it has become attractive to the youth, and how young Catholics can contribute to its cause.

  • The Church Universal - More on the Legion Apostolates; The Missionary Charisma (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    More on the Legion Apostolates; The Missionary Charisma

    Members of The Legion of Mary, Christine Coakley and Gerard-Marie Anthony, describe the importance of personal contact with others to fully bring Christ's message to the world.

  • The Church Universal - Mary's Meals: The Fruits (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Mary's Meals: The Fruits

    Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow explains how Mary's Meals provides nourishment for starving school children, and spiritual sustenance for its volunteers.

  • The Church Universal - The Hope That Lies Ahead (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    The Hope That Lies Ahead

    Couples for Christ offers young married couples help in building healthy families centered on God.

  • The Church Universal - The History of Communion and Liberation (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The History of Communion and Liberation

    Four members of the Communion and Liberation movement discuss its start during post-war Italy, and its growth to members in ninety countries around the world.

  • The Church Universal - Systemic Change (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Systemic Change

    The Society of St. Vincent's U.S. National President Sheila Gilbert and National CEO Dave Barringer discuss the society's work with the poor that gives them a hand up, not a hand out.

  • The Church Universal - The Economy of Communion in Freedom (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Economy of Communion in Freedom

    Focolare members teach businesses how to put people first by focusing on helping the poor and providing jobs.

  • The Church Universal - Legion Spirituality (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Legion Spirituality

    Members from The Legion of Mary share how the organization's efforts to evangelize the glory of God are deeply rooted in prayer.

  • The Church Universal - Mary's Meals: The Call (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Mary's Meals: The Call

    Mary's Meals delivers over one million meals every day to impoverished school children around the world.

  • The Church Universal - The Empowered Family (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Empowered Family

    Joe & Babylou Tale and John & Rica Hizon share how their outreach has used its womb-to-tomb philosophy to grow.

  • The Church Universal - 100 Years Of Schoenstatt (Season 2 Episode 29)
    Season 2 Episode 29:

    100 Years Of Schoenstatt

    Fr. Gerold Langsch, and Elizabeth and Carlos Cantú celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Schoenstatt movement.

  • The Church Universal - The Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    The Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

    World Apostolate of Fatima members David Carollo, Deacon Robert Ellis and Patrick Sabat discuss their Pilgrim Virgin Statue program.

  • The Church Universal - Our Youth: The Hope of Our Future (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    Our Youth: The Hope of Our Future

    Members of the Catholic Daughters of America present the programs and opportunities available for young girls to college students.

  • The Church Universal - Is Retrouvaille for You? (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    Is Retrouvaille for You?

    Chris Bermingham and Rosemarie Dykeman demonstrate how the Retrouvaille program helps couples identify and work through problems in their marriage.

  • The Church Universal - High School and Preparing for College (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    High School and Preparing for College

    Dr. Mary Kay Clark and Deacon Gene McGuirk of the Seton Home Study School share how their program prepares young adults for the rigors of college.

  • The Church Universal - Formation of the Spiritual Life (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Formation of the Spiritual Life

    Youth directors Angela Reckart and Erin Aldrich discuss how Opus Dei meets with individuals to help them grow in the their spiritual lives.

  • The Church Universal - Reaching Out to Migrant People (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Reaching Out to Migrant People

    Fr. Jack Wall, President of Catholic Extension, explains the many ways the Church can reach out to the near three million Catholic migrant workers living in the United States.

  • The Church Universal - An Introduction to Schoenstatt (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    An Introduction to Schoenstatt

    Members of the Schoenstatt movement Elizabeth and Carlos Cantú and National Director Fr. Gerold Langsch share how this fledgling organization grew to a worldwide movement that calls members to follow Mary to Christ.

  • The Church Universal - The Shrine in Fatima (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    The Shrine in Fatima

    Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA David Carollo and Chaplain Fr. Francisco Pereira commemorate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's appearance, and how the shrine is spreading her message to the world.

  • The Church Universal - Membership in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Membership in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas

    Daughters of the Americas members Shirley Seyfried, Helene Shepard, and Chaplain Fr. Matthew Kuhn discuss how the bond between members throughout 42 states, territories and Mexico keeps their faith even stronger.

  • The Church Universal - Retrouvaille: A Lifeline for Marriages (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Retrouvaille: A Lifeline for Marriages

    International Deputy Coordinating Team Members Chris Bermingham and Rosemarie Dykeman of Retrouvaille share how their organization provides a lifeline for marriages and couples.

  • The Church Universal - Seton Home Study: Why Homeschool? (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Seton Home Study: Why Homeschool?

    Dr. Mary Kay Clark, Director of Seton Home Study School, is joined by Deacon Gene McGurik to discuss homeschooling.

  • The Church Universal - The Midtown Educational Foundation (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    The Midtown Educational Foundation

    Opus Dei inspires Glenn Wilke and Erin Aldrich to help keep Chicago's youth off the streets.

  • The Church Universal - Catholic Extension: Sharing the Faith With University Students (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Catholic Extension: Sharing the Faith With University Students

    President of Catholic Extension Fr. Jack Wall returns to talk about their Catholic Campus Ministry program that reaches out to students attending secular colleges and universities.

  • The Church Universal - Knights of Peter Claver: Role of the Supreme Knight (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Knights of Peter Claver: Role of the Supreme Knight

    Supreme Knight of the Knights of Peter Claver, DeKarlos Blackmon, discuses the influence the largest and oldest African-American lay Catholic organization has had in the United States.

  • The Church Universal - Call and the New Evangelization (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Call and the New Evangelization

    How CALL, a Hispanic Catholic evangelization program, is reaching out to all age groups within the Latino community.

  • The Church Universal - The Fruits of the Neocatechumenal Way (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Fruits of the Neocatechumenal Way

    Members of the Neocatechumenal Way reveal the success they've had in revitalizing people's faith lives.

  • The Church Universal - Focolare's Economy of Communion and Youth (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Focolare's Economy of Communion and Youth

    Focolare is a community based program devoted to assisting the poor and promoting Catholic values among the youth.

  • The Church Universal - WWME - How It Changed Our Lives (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    WWME - How It Changed Our Lives

    Members of Worldwide Marriage Encounter share how the program helped save their marriage by bringing them closer together and closer to Christ.

  • The Church Universal - Cursillo: Bring Our Friends to Christ (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Cursillo: Bring Our Friends to Christ

    National leaders of Cursillo explain why they are strong advocates of building friendships both within and outside their organization, and how it brings people closer to Christ.

  • The Church Universal - Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Holiness Through Charity (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Holiness Through Charity

    Volunteers for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul help over 30 million poor in countries around the world.

  • The Church Universal - The Knights of Peter Claver: An Introduction (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Knights of Peter Claver: An Introduction

    Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon introduces The Knights of Peter Claver, the largest and oldest African-American Catholic lay organization in the US.

  • The Church Universal - CALL: Its Mission and Membership (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    CALL: Its Mission and Membership

    CALL and its mission to keep the United States' growing Catholic Latino community grounded in their faith.

  • The Church Universal - The Neocatechumenal Way (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Neocatechumenal Way

    Members of the Neocatechumenal Way reveal the success they've had in revitalizing people's faith lives.

  • The Church Universal - Focolare and Its Founder Chiara Lubich (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Focolare and Its Founder Chiara Lubich

    How the horrors of World War II pushed Chiara Lubich deeper towards God and the eventual creation of Focolare, a faith based organization devoted to helping the poor.

  • The Church Universal - World Wide Marriage Encounter (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    World Wide Marriage Encounter

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers weekend retreats to help improve and strengthen marriages across the globe.

  • The Church Universal - Cursillo: Its Origins, Mentality and Purpose (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Cursillo: Its Origins, Mentality and Purpose

    National leaders of Cursillo offer an explanation of how their organization brings Christ's love to others through solidarity and friendship.

  • The Church Universal - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

    Local and international members of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul gather to discuss how they're working to eradicate poverty in over a hundred countries.

  • The Church Universal - Catholic Daughters of the America's and the Circle of Love (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Catholic Daughters of the America's and the Circle of Love

    The many ways CDA supports those in need through their Circle of Love.

  • The Church Universal - Couples for Christ and the Poor (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Couples for Christ and the Poor

    Fr Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined by Ricky Cuenca, Fr. Michael McHugh, Fr. Paul Griesgraber and Sr. Sheila McNiff. They explain how Couples for Christ are actively engaged in strengthening the family by assisting the poor.

  • The Church Universal - The Spirituality of the Legion of Mary (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Spirituality of the Legion of Mary

    Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined by Don Taggart, Legion member for over 50 years. They explore how prayer is an integral part of the Legion, as members actively engage in evangelization.

  • The Church Universal - Militia of the Immaculata and the Spirital Life (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Militia of the Immaculata and the Spirital Life

    Explaining the consecration of MI and the many great spiritual benefits members receive when they participate in the MI.

  • The Church Universal - World Apostolate of Fatima: An Introduction (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    World Apostolate of Fatima: An Introduction

    David Carollo, Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima and Deacon Robert Ellis, the National Coordinator. How WAF is spreading the message of Fatima today.

  • The Church Universal - Opus Dei and the Vocation of Marriage (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Opus Dei and the Vocation of Marriage

    Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined by Tom and Amy Spence. They explain how Opus Dei has expanded to include those who are called to the vocation of marriage.

  • The Church Universal - Who Are Couples for Christ? (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Who Are Couples for Christ?

    Couples for Christ began in the Philippines with only 16 married couples and has grown to encompass over 100 countries throughout the world.

  • The Church Universal - World Apostolate of Fatima and the Youth (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    World Apostolate of Fatima and the Youth

    Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined by David Carollo and Dave Greiner for a look at the many ways WAF uses modern technology to reach young people.

  • The Church Universal - Catholic Extension: An Introduction (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Catholic Extension: An Introduction

    Fr. Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension explains how CE is dedicated to helping the Church grow, especially in poor mission dioceses across the U.S.

  • The Church Universal - Couples for Christ: Missionaries in the World (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Couples for Christ: Missionaries in the World

    Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined the National Director of CFC and his wife Pat; along with Deacon Louise and Veronica Coe, leaders of CFC in Fort Worth Texas explore the worldwide missionary aspect of Couples for Christ.

  • The Church Universal - Catholic Extension and Vocations (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Catholic Extension and Vocations

    The Church in the U.S., as across the world, has been troubled by a vocation crisis. Learn the many ways that CE is helping to build up vocations in the Church, ensuring there are priests available to minister to God's people.

  • The Church Universal - Catholic Daughters of the Americas (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Catholic Daughters of the Americas

    Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe is joined by Anne Nelson and Shirley Seyfried. They share the rich history of the CDA, beginning with their work with the Red Cross during World Wars I and II to the expansion beyond the U.S. into Central America.

  • The Church Universal - Legion of Mary (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Legion of Mary

    Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, M.V.F.A, introduces viewers to the many apostolates, groups and outreaches in the Church making tremendous impact in the world through their charitable works and prayerful lives.

  • The Church Universal - Militia of the Immaculata (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Militia of the Immaculata

    A movement is founded to fight anti-Catholicism.

  • The Church Universal - What Is Opus Dei (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    What Is Opus Dei

    John Coverdale explores the central message of Opus Dei.

  • The Church Universal - What is the World Apostolate of Fatima? (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    What is the World Apostolate of Fatima?

    David Carollo and Deacon Robert Ellis provide details on the history of Fatima.

  • The Church Universal - Couples for Christ (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Couples for Christ

    Members of Couples for Christ share how the ministry has grown worldwide.

  • The Church Universal - We Are Catholic Extension (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    We Are Catholic Extension

    Fr. Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, discusses how his organization raises money to build new churches.

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