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Friday, July 10, 2009

CatholicTV Will Air Special Programming In Memory of Deceased Director, Monsignor Frank McFarland

On July 17th, CatholicTV will air a special block of programming in memory of its former Director Monsignor Frank McFarland. This special block will include an interview of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan who was once imprisoned in Vietnam for 13 years while he was the Archbishop of Saigon. Other special programs will include Msgr. McFarland sharing spiritual insights while sailing through the Boston Harbor. Monsignor McFarland can also be seen during a weekly show “Father Frank Remembered” on CatholicTV.

The special block starring Msgr. McFarland will air on July 17th from 11AM to 1PM (Eastern). The regular weekly program “Father Frank Remembered” airs at the following times each week (Eastern). Friday-3:30PM; Sunday-8PM; Wednesday-1AM & Noon; Thursday-5AM.

Viewers may follow this link to learn more about the weekly program and to view full episodes for free: http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=39&videoID=755

“Father Frank” as he was known to his legion of faithful viewers, “the parishioners of the airwaves”, died suddenly from a heart attack on July 17, 2001. The two-year old, state-of-the-art television center located in Watertown, MA is named for Monsignor McFarland.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts on September 3, 1931 and raised in Kittery, Maine, Monsignor Frank McFarland later moved to the Boston area and graduated from Boston College High School before enrolling at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1957 in a ceremony broadcast live on Boston Catholic Television. After eight years of parish work and seven years working in the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal, he became assistant director of BCTV in 1972. Pope John Paul II made him a monsignor in June 1998.

Under his direction and guidance, BCTV (CatholicTV’s former name) grew from a staff of three to more than twenty media professionals and the station now broadcasts 24-hours a day, seven days a week across the United States. The station produces a variety of religious, spiritual, and educational programs at its Watertown, Massachusetts studios. Monsignor McFarland was well known for presiding at Daily Mass that has been on the air each weekday since February 11, 1972. Each day he led his “parishioners” in daily prayer with BCTV’s program, The Rosary, which airs three times daily on the station and featured Monsignor McFarland traveling to different sites throughout New England to pray the mysteries of the rosary. He also hosted a weekly show, Ask the Director, during which viewer questions received in the mail were answered.

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