The Archived News about Monsignor Lisante

News Posted on: 6/30/2004

Msgr. Jim Lisante is the host of Personally Speaking – not just another talk show, but an intimate forum where prominent Catholics and other people of faith have the opportunity to discuss some of the things that matter most in life – their families, their careers, their accomplishments, and perhaps most important, the role that their faith plays in all three.


ASHINGTON, DC (June 1, 2004) – Actress Margaret Colin; singer Aaron Neville; and managing editor and moderator of NBC-TV’s long-running “Meet the Press”, Tim Russert, talk about the impact of faith in their lives in a one-hour special that will be distributed to NBC-TV affiliates on Wednesday, June 9th, as part of the “Horizons of the Spirit” series.

Produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), Personally Speaking will be scheduled at the discretion of NBC-TV affiliate stations. A list of stations that have scheduled broadcasts will be posted on this site as information becomes available. Viewers can also call their local NBC-TV station to ask about their plans to air the program.

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Margaret Colin started her acting career on the soap operas The Edge of Night and As The World Turns, before landing her first starring role on television in the CBS series Foley Square. Since then she has starred and co-starred in several TV series, including Leg Work, Sibs, and The Wright Verdicts, as well as a recurring role on the first season of CBS’ hit series, Chicago Hope. She also received wide critical and popular acclaim in 1999 for her co-starring role in the CBS series Now and Again. In addition to her theater work, which earned her a 1998 Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Jackie: An American Life, Colin has also co-starred in a number of feature films. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Three Men and a Baby, Independence Day, and The Devil’s Own.

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Aaron Neville is a member of the celebrated rhythm and blues combo, the Neville Brothers. Raised in the poverty-stricken Calliope Housing Project in New Orleans, Neville’s career began in the 1950s and reached its peak in the 1960s with the hit “Tell It Like It Is”. Because of an exploitive contract, however, he never received any of the royalties for the hit single and at the height of the song’s popularity, Neville was working as a ditch digger and dockworker to support his family. His frustration and disappointment led to a decade-long struggle with drug addiction and an arrest and prison sentence for burglary. By the 1980s, Neville had replaced his dependence on drugs with a renewed devotion to his Catholic faith, and in 1988 exploded back onto the music scene with the international hit, “Don’t Know Much”, one of four duets he performed with Linda Ronstadt on her album, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. Since then he has won four Grammy awards, recorded numerous #1 hits, and attained deserved recognition – both critically and commercially – as one of the most treasured voices in music.

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Tim Russert is the award-winning managing editor and moderator of the longest-running program in the history of television, NBC’s “Meet the Press”. He also serves as a political analyst for “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today” show. He anchors “The Tim Russert Show”, a weekly interview program on CNBC, and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC as well. Born and raised in a tightly knit, Irish Catholic neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, Russert’s two greatest influences growing up were his father, “Big Russ”, and his Catholic faith. Educated by the Sisters of Mercy in grade school and the Jesuits in high school, he earned his degree in political science from Jesuit-run John Carroll University in 1972 and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law four years later. After serving as a counselor to New York Gov. Mario Cuomo in the early 1980s, he went to work for NBC News in 1984. He became moderator of “Meet the Press” in 1991 and since then, it has become the most watched Sunday morning interview program in America and the most quoted news program in the world. His first book, Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons of Life, is a candid look at the relationship between father and son, and the advice and wisdom passed from one generation to the next.

If you live on Long Island, New York, you can see Msgr. Jim as he hosts Christopher Closeup
on Channel 29. The program airs Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. And then again each Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

In Brooklyn and Queens, look for Christopher Closeup on The Prayer Channel.

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