Evangelization a priority for radio director

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  • July 12, 2013

TORONTO - Fr. Marcin Serwin’s job is not the kind you apply to, but are chosen for. Serwin is the new director of Catholic Youth Studio, a Polish- language radio program that has been on air for almost 20 years.

Working in the Vatican Press Office and then in Madagascar, the Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest was brought to Canada to acquaint himself with the Church here with the understanding he would eventually take over Catholic Youth Studio, which he did in May.

Catholic Youth Studio is about evangelization through the media, so Serwin hopes to make this show multilingual. The target audience is 30-year-olds and up, though it has some programming for kids.

Currently, “an average show includes the international news from Vatican Radio, Gospel of the day, Polish news, an introduction to the saint of the day, discussing local events in their parish in the diocese,” and prayer and music.

Youth have been involved in the production of this seven-days a week show for two decades, but only since January have they been in charge of running two programs weekly, said Serwin. Youth range from ages 16 to young adult at age 33. The hosts come from youth groups at St. Casimir’s parish and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Mississauga, but also hail from various schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

In addition to choosing discussion topics, they are “responsible for preparing some segments, like the Pope’s daily homilies and messages, etc,” said Serwin. “The young hosts are also in charge of recording and editing segments, news and topics of the catechism. They lead in prayer and prepare reflections.”

Catholic Youth Studio is also the main organizer of the 24th annual International Festival of Song on Nov. 25, continuing the tradition of bringing national and international, famous and new talent together. The Catholic Youth Studio can be heard in the GTA on AM 530 Multicultural Radio Monday to Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m.

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