CRA BOARD MEMBER, MATT GORSICH, AND FATHER BONFICE OF WAOB WE ARE ONE BODY RADIO HONORED WITH CARDINAL WRIGHT AWARD
Pittsburgh, Aug 31 (Pittsburgh Catholic)— Alumni of the Bishop’s Latin School were presented awards this past summer for outstanding apostolates; among them were Matt Gorsich, founder and president of WAOB We Are One Body Radio and Father Boniface Hicks, OSB, the program director who was a former atheist who had a conversion experience. Here is part of the article written for the Pittsburgh Catholic by staff writer John Franko:
Receiving the Cardinal Wright Award were WAOB (We Are One Body) radio, Deacon Greg Jelinek and Larry Kustra, Class of ‘67. Special recognition was given to the entire Class of 1967.
In introducing Matthew Gorsich, founder and general manager of WAOB, Father Joseph Scheib, Class of ‘67, said that Gorsich’s vision of the station was forged by his living experience of the church, adding, “He is a man of patience, initiative and vision.” The station, Father Scheib noted, is strong in displaying the four marks of the church — one, holy, catholic and apostolic — and the diversity of programs allows listeners to experience many different prayer forms.
He also introduced Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks, a familiar figure on the radio station, as someone “who went from zero to 60 in faith. His native talents and his tremendous skills are given wholeheartedly into bringing others into a closer, deeper and more fulfilling relationship with Christ,” Father Scheib said.
Gorsich accepted the award, noting that the vision of WAOB is to highlight the efforts of Pope Francis, bishops, priests and laity to work together, not just in the region, but all over the world. The most beautiful pictures come together when the whole body of Christ works together to make We Are One Body what it is really intended to be,” he said.
Father Boniface pointed out that his original thoughts were that “a monastic life on radio” would not work, but he has come to appreciate the value of the programs offered. “We’re just grateful for the opportunity to share these treasures of the church and be able to give that to all of you,” he said. The website is www.waob.org