EWTN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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EWTN Media Missionaries

How many free EWTN program schedules can I order to place in my church vestibule or parish bulletin?

As many as can be reasonably used by your parish. If you find that you will need more schedules or you are receiving too many, simply update the quantity that is shipped to you at any time – just click here.

What should I do if more than one person volunteers from my parish to help EWTN?

We welcome any and all volunteers. There are many ways that you can become involved. Find the various volunteer activities that are right for you and your gifts - everyone has something to contribute!

Can I volunteer to help in more than one parish?

Yes. Some parishes may not have a Media Missionary. We appreciate any help you can offer; please provide us with the names and cities of the additional parishes where you will promote EWTN. However, we also recommend that you encourage others from these parishes to step forward in the coming months and embrace the responsibilities and blessings of being a Media Missionary for their parish.

What should I do if my television provider drops EWTN?

Contact your local EWTN Regional Marketing Manager for advice and strategies to reinstate EWTN.

What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact your EWTN Regional Marketing Manager or the EWTN Volunteer Support Coordinator. Contact Volunteer Support by calling 205-795-5771 or by e-mailing us at volunteers@ewtn.com. We are happy to help you!

Mission & History

What is EWTN 's Mission?

EWTN Global Catholic Network is dedicated to teaching the truth as defined by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. In keeping with St. John Paul II's call for a New Evangelization, EWTN's mission is to communicate the teachings and the beauty of the Catholic Church and to help people grow in their love and understanding of God and His infinite mercy.

How did the Network begin?

In the early 1960's, at the invitation of the local Bishop, Mother Angelica, a cloistered Franciscan Poor Clare nun, founded a monastery in Irondale, AL, a suburb of Birmingham. The first step in her evangelization efforts was to write a series of "mini-books" on a variety of religious themes. As their popularity grew, the monastery acquired its own printing press to print them and began to distribute them across the country.

How did this evolve into a television network?

The popularity of the mini-books led to many requests for speaking engagements by Mother Angelica, which evolved into a series of her talks being taped at a local television station. Eager to bring this message to a much wider audience, the idea of a Catholic television network was born.

It began in 1981 when Mother stepped out in faith and transformed the garage of her monastery into a TV studio. Today, through God's Providence and those supporting Mother's mission with prayer and financial sacrifices, that humble beginning in 1981 has become EWTN, which now reaches more than 230 million homes in more than 140 countries and territories worldwide.

Is EWTN only a television channel?

No. EWTN has grown and is now the world's largest Catholic media network, consisting of eleven television networks, three radio networks, a worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and a publishing arm.

Structure & Operations

Who owns EWTN?

EWTN is an independent, non-profit organization. As a Catholic apostolate, it does not have shareholders.

Who runs EWTN?

EWTN is led by Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, and Doug Keck, President & Chief Operating Officer. They, together with the Vice Presidents and Directors of EWTN's various departments, run the day-to-day operations of the network. A Board of Governors oversees operations of the network.

What is EWTN's relationship with the Bishops?

There are several bishops who serve on EWTN's Board of Governors. In addition, a large number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops from the U.S. and around the world have been featured guests on many EWTN programs.

What is EWTN's relationship with the Vatican?

EWTN has an excellent working relationship with Vatican Television and regularly collaborates with them in transmitting major papal events from around the world. Also, in 2009 EWTN Foundress Mother Angelica and the late Deacon William Steltemeier were honored to be recipients of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross of Honor) from then Pope Benedict XVI for distinguished service to the Church.

Finances & Donations

How is EWTN financed?

EWTN is supported entirely by donations from its viewers and listeners. EWTN receives no advertising income or affiliate fees. Mother Angelica founded the network relying entirely on Divine Providence, which is how it operates today.

Does EWTN charge for its services?

EWTN does not charge for its services. All of its satellite signals are "free to air," meaning available at no cost to the viewer, as well as to television providers and radio stations.

How can I donate to EWTN?

Because EWTN is funded solely by donations, contributions are gratefully received. You can donate online at www.ewtn.com, by calling EWTN Viewer Services at 205-271-2989, or by sending a check to EWTN at 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. In Canada, online donations are accepted through www.CanadaHelps.org or they can be mailed to EWTN Canada at PO Box 157, Station A, Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 4V2.

Are donations to EWTN tax deductible?

Yes, they are deductible in the U.S. EWTN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

EWTN Media

How many television networks does EWTN offer?

EWTN offers eleven television networks throughout the world. In the U.S., we have four television networks available — EWTN, EWTN HD (High Definition), EWTN Español and EWTN Español HD.

What is EWTN Español?

EWTN Español is EWTN's Spanish-language network for the Hispanic community. It is available in most cities across the country. To see if this service is available in your town, use the EWTN Channelfinder at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. If you would like to help us with a campaign to get EWTN Español added to your local television provider's channel line-up, please contact your EWTN Regional Marketing Manager.

What is EWTN HD?

EWTN HD is EWTN's High Definition network. In addition to EWTN Español HD, it is being added to more and more cable systems throughout the U.S. Contact your television provider to see if EWTN HD is available in your community or log onto the EWTN Channelfinder at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. If you would like to help us with a campaign to get EWTN HD or EWTN Español HD added to your local television provider's channel line-up, please contact your EWTN Regional Marketing Manager.

How can I watch EWTN or EWTN Español if I do not subscribe to a pay television service?

You can listen and watch EWTN and EWTN Español television LIVE on your computer. Just go to www.ewtn.com/multimedia/live.asp. Previously aired episodes of series and specials are also available on the website.

EWTN is also the first Catholic television network to be available on Roku, a popular streaming device. Roku customers can watch EWTN's English and Spanish television channels through their Roku streaming players. Roku devices can be purchased from major retailers in the U.S.

And you can also listen to EWTN anytime! Just subscribe to EWTN's Catholic podcast and download popular audio files to your iPod, computer or MP3 player. For more information, go to www.ewtn.com/podcast.

Is EWTN Radio available in my area?

EWTN Radio programming is available 24 hours a day to terrestrial radio stations throughout the U.S., in both English and Spanish. For a complete listing of EWTN Radio programming on local AM/FM radio stations, go to www.ewtn.com/radio/radioaffiliatemap.

How can I listen to EWTN Radio if there are no AM/FM affiliates in my area?

For satellite radio subscribers, EWTN Radio is accessible coast-to-coast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 130. Details on accessing EWTN Radio on SiriusXM can be found at: www.siriusxm.com/ewtn. Listeners can also tune-in live any time of the day or night to EWTN Radio on their computers-just click the Listen Live arrow at: www.ewtn.com/radio.

What is on EWTN's website?

Our website, www.ewtn.com, has become the second most visited Catholic website in the world, second only to the Vatican. You can view the site in English or in Spanish, stay up-to-date with news about the Catholic Church and EWTN programming, and even view live and archived television and radio programs through the site's Multimedia section. Visitors to EWTN's website can also access the EWTN Library, learn about the Catholic faith, shop for holy reminders at EWTN Religious Catalogue online, download daily Catholic EWTN podcasts, and sign up for EWTN's Wings Newsletter.

Is EWTN available on any of the social media sites?

Yes. Tell your friends and family to join EWTN's Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline; follow EWTN's Twitter page, www.twitter.com/ewtn, and Pinterest page, www.pinterest.com/ewtn; and watch videos on EWTN's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ewtn. Connect with other Media Missionaries on our volunteer's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnmissionaries and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/EWTNVolunteers.

Does EWTN offer a mobile app?

Yes. Download the new EWTN mobile app for FREE and carry EWTN with you! You can enjoy EWTN Live Streams (TV & Radio), many of our popular TV and Radio shows on demand, prayers and devotionals, and keep up with the latest Catholic news. The EWTN app is available for all smart phones, Kindle Fire tablets, Xbox 360 game systems, Roku and Google TV. For download instructions, go to www.ewtn.com/mobile.

EWTN also has created a unique Bible App – at the link above, download the Truth & Life dramatized audio New Testament app! Voiced by several award-winning internationally renowned actors, this is a first of its kind Catholic resource.

What does EWTN publish?

EWTN publishes the National Catholic Register newspaper, which is America's most complete and faithful Catholic news source. Subscribe at www.NCRegister.com and get in-depth analysis of current events, explaining what happened, why it matters, and what it means for Catholics who believe in engaging the culture to serve Christ and promote the Gospel.

Visiting EWTN

Are there tours of the network?

Yes. Tours are scheduled once a day for the public on weekdays. If you are including a tour of the network in your travel plans, call ahead to check the schedule for the day or check the EWTN Pilgrimage website: www.ewtn.com/pilgrimage/catholic-pilgrimage.asp. Confessions and Holy Mass with the Friars are other daily activities available.

Can I be in the audience of a television show?

Live shows are recorded each week at EWTN. To be part of an audience, you can sign up by calling 205-271-2966 or by requesting a seat at the EWTN website: www.ewtn.com/pilgrimage/tickets.htm.

I am part of a group that would like to visit; are there pilgrimages available?

Yes. If you are looking for a unique setting for spiritual renewal, you can plan a visit to the EWTN Studios and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the same trip. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Monastery of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration is located on approximately 400 acres, only one hour away from the EWTN Studios. To inquire about arrangements for your pilgrimage, please contact the Pilgrimage Department at 205-271-2966. You can also review information for visitors available on the EWTN website, www.ewtn.com/pilgrimage.

Contacting EWTN

What is the best way to contact EWTN?

You can call our Viewer Services Department at 205-271-2989 during business hours (8am-5pm CT) or e-mail them at: viewer@ewtn.com.

Who is the EWTN Regional Marketing Manager for my area?

In the United States:

U.S. Spanish Networks
Walter Cordova
EWTN Español TV, EWTN Español HD TV
& Radio Católica Mundial (Radio)
205/527-7713 | wcordova@ewtn.com

California Region
Monica Marín
205/795-5849 | mmarin@ewtn.com

Mid-Atlantic Region
Ron Meyer
DC DE MD KY NJ OH PA VA WV
205/795-5839 | rmeyer@ewtn.com

Northeast Region & Corporate Accounts
Mike Mishol
CT ME MA NH NY RI VT
205/795-5840 | mmishol@ewtn.com

Western Region
Art Pieretti
AK AZ CO HI ID KS MT ND NE NV NM OR SD UT WA WY
205/795-5841 | apieretti@ewtn.com

North Central Region
Christine Schicker
IA IL IN MI MN MO WI
205/795-5838 | cschicker@ewtn.com

Southern Region
Spencer Swope
AL AR GA FL LA MS NC OK SC TN TX
205/795-5848 | sswope@ewtn.com

Tom Wenzel
Director of Marketing
NORTH AMERICA
205.271.2982 | twenzel@ewtn.com

In Canada:

Sarah Escobar
205/795-5837 | sescobar@ewtn.com