Mary President, Father James Shea, is a Guest on the Upcoming EWTN International TV Program

Bismarck, ND - Impressed with the direction in which the University of Mary is headed, Father Benedict Groeschel, host of Sunday Night Prime on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), recently invited President Father James Shea to appear on his 60-minute program to discuss Catholic higher education and other related topics.

"I am so pleased that the University of Mary is leading the way (in Catholic higher education) along with a number of others that have been represented on this program," stated Father Groeschel, in a prerecorded excerpt welcoming Father Shea to his show.

"The subject of Catholic education and Catholic higher education in general is a subject very dear to my heart as well," responded Father Shea. "When I was ordained, I was assigned immediately to Catholic high schools, and I spent the early years of my priesthood in Catholic schools. I came to see how students are able to really come alive, especially students of this generation who are hungry for God, for the things of faith, to know what it is they should do, what's the meaning of their life, what God put them here for. So, I was able to interact with them, I was able to teach and I was able to see the tremendous energy and love that can come alive in a classroom."

According to its website, EWTN has become the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day to more than 148 million homes in 144 countries and territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users.

The airing of Father Benedict's prerecorded conversation with Father Shea on Sunday Night Prime can be seen Sunday, June 12, 2011, at 6 p.m., CDT, on EWTN and replayed at 1 a.m., Monday, June 13. Locally, EWTN can be seen on Midcontinent Communications channel 17, channel 370 on DirecTV and channel 261 on Dish Network. Real Presence Radio, 91.3 FM, also broadcasts the program at its original time. All Sunday Night Prime programs can be found and later viewed on-demand after they air by going to