Growing in Grace is heard Monday-Friday at 5:55 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5 and at 8:00 a.m. on 90.5 HD2- The Light. Host Mary Jo Murphy shares stories of faith, commentary on the local diocesan events, news from the USCCB and our local bishop, and writings from our Holy Father. You can also learn about the saint of the day, scripture readings and meditations on the church season.
Regarding the program for Monday, Sept 26 on Conscience Causes
Message to HHS: "Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase. Please remove sterilization and prescription contraceptives from the list of "preventive services" the federal government is mandating in private health plans. It is especially important to exclude any drug that may cause an early abortion, and to fully respect religious freedom as other federal laws do. The narrow religious exemption in HHS's new rule protects almost no one. I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions."
Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services
Mary Jo Murphy lives in Tarpon Springs, FL with her husband Ken. They were married at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Ken is a Doctor of Optometry at St. Luke's Eye Institute in Tarpon Springs. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Mary Jo grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. She attended and graduated from St. Paul Grammar and High School. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting from the University of Florida, Gainesville, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Saint Leo University, Saint Leo and a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from Barry University,Miami, FL.
Directly out of college she worked at an NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, FLas a TV news reporter. She was one of the first women news reporters in the state of Florida. She was also an elementary school teacher in public and Catholic school systems, a parish Director of Religious Education, a parish Pastoral Associate, a Diocesan Director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, a producer and on-the-air person for Catholic Radio Station Spirit FM (WBVM/WLMS), editor of the bishop's column and reporter for The Florida Catholic. She designed and directed the 2005 Web Site for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. She has produced and interviewed the bishop for his radio programs under two bishops for 15 years. She produced the local diocesan Catholic Mass for television for ten years. She covered the US Bishops' National Conferences for Spirit FM for 15 years. She was an At Large member of the National Advisory Council for the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has been a member of UNDA/Catholic Academy for ten years.
She is currently retired from full-time ministry. She donates her time to Spirit FM broadcasts including this program. She also engineers and commentates on the broadcasts of the Bishop's Masses from the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Mary Jo is also an on-air co host during Shareathon and Spread the Word, and an ambassador for Spirit FM in the community.
In her spare time you can find her spending time with her grandchildren, or at Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, as one of the Rays biggest fans!