Taking Evangelization to a Higher Level
Fr. Rocky with Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio®.
Fr. Francis J. Hoffman (“Fr. Rocky”) is a familiar priest to many Catholics, partly because he has been a weekly contributor to the Relevant Radio® “Morning Air® Show” for the past 13 years. Since the merger of Relevant Radio® with Immaculate Heart Radio this past July, his audience has expanded considerably. The potential audience in the USA totals 133 million persons via 127 AM/FM stations. Countless more people across the world can listen to programs through a free radio app.
However, Fr. Rocky’s involvement is much more than as a once-a-week radio host. In 2009, at the invitation of the Board of Directors, the request of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, and the permission of his superiors in Opus Dei, he was appointed Executive Director and CEO. This position requires frequent travel across the country, public speaking, fundraising, and building relationships to support the mission of Relevant Radio®: “To assist the Church in the New Evangelization by promoting relevant programs through media platforms to help people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life.”
In addition to his “business” responsibilities, Fr. Rocky has an important pastoral role – encouraging employees and volunteers and reminding everyone of the priority of Jesus Christ. When the management team encounters difficulties and obstacles he tells them, “If it were easy, it wouldn’t be evangelization.” He also promotes the sage advice of St. Josemaria (the founder of Opus Dei) who wrote: “First prayer. Then sacrifice. In the third place, very much in the third place: action.”
Fr. Rocky was ordained a priest in 1992 by St. John Paul II. His education includes a BA in history from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
As a priest for over 25 years, Fr. Rocky brings a wealth of experience to his ministry. For 15 years (1994- 2009) he was chaplain for missions and social services projects in the highlands of Michoacan, Mexico. Just prior to joining Relevant Radio® (1998 to 2009), he served as chaplain of Northridge Preparatory School in Niles, Illinois, a school for boys in grades 6-12.
We are proud to spotlight this alumnus of Santa Croce for his tremendous impact in America – and through the power of the Relevant Radio Free Mobile app, his impact around the world.