After 50 Years Away, Here’s What Brought This Woman Back to the Catholic Church

Do you have a Relevant Radio® bumper sticker on your car? Or have you ever recommended a friend or family member tune-in to a Relevant Radio program? If so, did you know you may have changed a life? We hear from many listeners that tuning-in to Relevant Radio has brought them into – or back into – the Church, deepened their faith, saved their marriage, or even saved their life.

If you have a loved one who has been away from the Church for a long time, this testimony from a listener named Kathy should give you some hope. She called in to The Patrick Madrid Show to ask for prayers for her husband, and also shared that listening to Relevant Radio brought her back to the Church after 50 years!

She told Patrick, “I’m a 78-year-old grandmother of 26, and I want to thank you for bringing me back to the Church. It was because of you and Relevant Radio that I’m now back in the Catholic Church. And I’m so thankful.”

Patrick rejoiced that she had returned to the Church, and asked how long she had been wandering in the desert. Kathy responded, “Fifty years. And it was your show in particular, but I just wanted to thank you for giving me back this wonderful gift. I cannot tell you how much it means to me.”

Kathy explained that when she was young she worked for a Catholic hospital and had a terrible experience that drove her from the Church. But after listening to Relevant Radio, she was inspired to return to the faith of her youth.

Patrick told her, “I’m grateful to have played a role in it, but it’s really God’s grace that works through Relevant Radio.” He then asked Kathy how she began listening to Relevant Radio.

She explained, “My granddaughter married a Catholic and she entered the Church, and she said, ‘You know Grandma, I know you’re struggling and I think this program would help you I think you would hear good things instead of negative things. It’s it’s worked.”

Patrick thanked Kathy for calling in, and offered a prayer on-air for her husband suffering from cancer. He then told listeners, “Let’s step back for a second and just take stock of what we are doing here every day. You and I, together, as we share time each morning I know you’re on your way to work, or your getting the kids ready for school. But just think about what this program, and all the other programs on Relevant Radio, mean to people. They may not even realize they’re searching for something until they find it when they stumble upon this program.”

“It’s one of the reasons I encourage everyone to put the Relevant Radio bumper sticker on their car. You never know when you recommend the show to somebody who might be in such need of that. And it will actually fix everything for them, the way it did for Kathy.”

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Listen to Kathy’s full testimony below:

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.