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Al Kresta


A 1976 honors graduate of Michigan State University, Al Kresta has done graduate work in theology at both Catholic and Protestant seminaries. He became well-known in the Detroit area for his radio program, Talk from the Heart, one of the top-rated Christian talk shows during the 1980s and 90s. When he began the program, Kresta was a Protestant pastor. The questions forced upon him as pastor, however, led him to return to the Catholic Church. His profound personal conversion to Christ and return to the Catholic Church is told in the best-selling anthology Surprised By Truth.

In 1997, Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan recruited Kresta to launch the media apostolate, Ave Maria Communications. Ave Maria Communications includes Ave Maria Radio which produces a number of its own programs and features including Kresta in the Afternoon. 

His life and spiritual journey took on a new dimension in February 2003, when he lost his left leg to necrotizing fasciitis.  His extended recovery and eventual return to broadcasting have given him new insights into the realities of suffering and hope.

He is the author of Why Are Catholics So Concerned about Sin?: More Answers to Puzzling Questions about the Catholic Church, a follow-up to the best-seller Why Do Catholics Genuflect? And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions about the Catholic Faith, as well as a contributor to Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out about Priests’ Sexual Abuse and Loving Your Neighbor.

Al and his wife, Sally, have been married for over 30 years and have been blessed with 5 children on earth and two in heaven.

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