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Radio host, author to speak

An internationally known inspirational Catholic speaker will speak at St. Joseph Church next week.

Elizabeth Ficocelli, a speaker, author and radio host will speak Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the church’s annual Lenten Mission, according to Father David Huffman, the pastor of Ironton’s three Catholic churches.

Ficocelli, a Columbus resident, is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, and has guest hosted on radio programs, such as “Catholic Connection” and “Kresta in the Afternoon.” Her own program, “Answering The Call” airs on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM 820. She has been published in Columbia Magazine, Catholic Parent, America, St. Anthony Messenger, and Liguorian. She will be appearing at the Catholic Women’s Conference in Columbus this weekend.

Ficocelli will speak on a topic each night at 7 p.m. and will sign books, Huffman said.

Mary Holtzapfel, the chair of Feed Your Faith at the church, said Ficocelli was recommended to her by people who have seen her presentations.

She said Ficocelli’s talk on Monday will be titled “Journey Into Grace” and will center on her conversion to Catholicism. On Tuesday, she will present “Burden to Joy” and, on Wednesday, she will conclude with “Discovering, Living and Sharing Our Mission.”

“It’s about taking our message out and being prepared,” Holtzapfel said.

The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken at the door.

Holtzapfel said Ficocelli will also talk to students at St. Joseph High School on Wednesday.