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Broadcasters to address Men’s Morning of Spirituality


Three veterans of local television news – Bob Breck of Fox 8, Karen Swensen of WWL and Ed Daniels of ABC26 WGNO – will share their Catholic faith on the theme “God is My Anchor” Feb. 20 at the 21st Morning of Men’s Spirituality at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4640 Canal St., New Orleans.
 The morning will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:15 a.m., followed by the three talks beginning at 9 a.m. The morning will conclude with an opportunity for confession, eucharistic adoration and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Father Joseph Palermo, a member of the planning committee, said attendance at the event has grown steadily over the years. The committee intentionally has chosen local speakers as a way of making a connection between faith and action.

“The reason I know it’s been effective is that when I go to other events in the archdiocese, so many men come up to me and ask, ‘Father, when is there going to be another one of those days for men?’” Father Palermo said. “I can tell people are very enthusiastic. It’s been very helpful in helping them remember what’s really important – to be men of faith for their families.”

Each speaker will discuss how their Catholic faith has impacted their lives, Father Palermo said. “When the speakers come from a public role and are part of this community, the people who attend feel a very personal connection with them,” Father Palermo said. “The men are very open to hearing stories of the speakers’ faith and how God has worked in their lives.”

Breck has been one of New Orleans’ most influential broadcast meteorologists. He came to New Orleans in 1978 as chief meteorologist for WVUE-TV. He covered hurricanes Frederic (1979), Juan (1985), Andrew (1992), Georges (1998), Ivan (2004), Katrina and Rita (2005), Gustav (2008) and Isaac (2012).

Breck has three adult sons with his late wife Paula and is married to Brenda Bell-Breck, a native of Monroe. He is active in raising awareness about early prostate cancer detection.

Swensen, a graduate of Penn State, began her broadcasting career at WWL-TV in 1993 as a part-time newsroom associate producer who anchored overnight news updates. She co-anchored the station’s continuous coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which earned WWL the George Foster Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and duPont-Columbia Awards. She and her husband John have one daughter.

Daniels was named WGNO TV’s rst sports director in July 1992. He is the creator of Friday Night Football, the award-winning high school football show that celebrates its 25th season this fall.

Daniels was voted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Press Club of New Orleans and twice was named Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year, the latest in 2015. Daniels also writes a weekly column for the Clarion Herald. He and his wife Robin have five children and one grandson.

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