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Week of August 27, 2007
Youth put faith to work at Salt + Light TV
Young TV journalists want 'to win hearts for Christ'
By KAREN FRANZ
"I wanted to be a part of the new evangelization."
- Matthew Harrison
"Everyone's really young here," she said. "But we're getting older now, and as we grow, the station is maturing."
Kantor said she was reluctant at first to get involved in Catholic media.
"I was hesitant about mixing my faith and journalism," she said.
"But once I got into it and the stories of people - individual Catholics expressing their faith - that's what drove me in my work for the Register and in the projects I choose to work on at Salt and Light. It's the people and their stories - that's what I love to tell."
As associate producer, Matthew Harrison assists in the production of programs and also is responsible for the web log, or blog, on the Salt and Light website.
Harrison studied radio and television at Toronto's Ryerson University, then worked in broadcast news with The Canadian Press. After three years in the seminary, he began working for Salt and Light last October.
"I wanted to be a part of the new evangelization . . . and get the Gospel out and win hearts to Christ," said Harrison, one of the few Salt and Light staffers without any connection to World Youth Day 2002.
Mary Rose Bacani
Producer Mary Rose Bacani made her way to Salt and Light as a result of "one of the moments in my life when I felt a call."
Nearing completion of her undergraduate program at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., Bacani was planning to attend law school. Yet she had always loved writing, and family and friends told her she had a perfect voice for radio and the "presence" for TV.
So when she learned that the friend of a friend was working in the control room of a new Catholic TV network in Toronto, she "just popped in" at the Salt and Light studios - dressed in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt - to have a look around.
Her unusual approach got the attention of Salt and Light management, and she was soon offered a job.
The child of a "ritualistically Catholic" Filipino family, she previously had been a first-degree member of Regnum Christi, a mainly lay movement under the spiritual direction of the Legionaries of Christ.
Bacani said her experience in Regnum Christi "got me on the road to prayer."
"I didn't have a faith life before Regnum Christi," she continued. "To survive at Salt and Light you have to have a strong faith life. As someone told me, you can't give what you don't have."
Bacani said she loves "bringing images and words together creatively to touch people. It's part of my joy to tell Catholics they're not alone."
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