The maze-like premises on V. Sladkevičiaus Street in the Old Town of Kaunas are filled with lots of love and laughter. It is home to Marijos radijas or Radio Maria Lithuania – a part of a large family united by 80 stations on five continents and dedicated to God and thy neighbour. There’s also a studio of Radio Maria in Vilnius, and one more is in plans for Klaipėda.
A new and much more spacious radio station building is being built right now on Vilniaus street in Kaunas. When is the housewarming party? “Man plans and God laughs,” chuckles Egidija Vaicekauskienė, who is volunteering as a president of the radio station (the place has lots of volunteers, and they are all welcome!).
“And I say – let there be light,” enters the room and continues with the joke priest Povilas Narijauskas who is also a program director at the radio. Here at Marijos radijas, Eucharistic adorations take place - you can pop in right from the street. You’ll be able to do it round the clock in the new premises.
More than any other station broadcast in Lithuania, the family of Radio Maria is very much looking forward to the Apostolic Visit to Lithuania by His Holiness Pope Francis. Not one but two shows are dedicated to the forthcoming visit; one of them is aimed explicitly at Pope and the youth.
At night, the eucharistic adorations are broadcast on the radio. And Mass can be broadcast on the radio from 30 churches throughout Lithuania. Music? Of course! And not only religious. Father Povilas is the Music Academy graduate and has a vast range of taste in music.