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The Catholic Creatives Podcast
34 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
From the Heart: A New Season for Catholic Creatives
Welcome back creatives!As you may know, there have been some big changes happening in the community recently. Anthony D'Ambrosio is stepping down from leadership to be a member of the Catholic Creatives community and Matt Meeks from Catholic Ventures has come in to help shepherd this community into the next phase of our mission to bring beauty back to the Church. Transitions can be hard, bumpy and confusing but they always bring new life.For Catholic Creatives… We are already dreaming of a new and rebooted summit,We are dreaming of a new and improved podcast,We are dreaming of a new way for people to belong in the communityWe are dreaming of more crowdsourced projectsWe are dreaming of a way to get our creations out there to the rest of the world.And, we finally have long needed support to make a lot of these dreams a reality. We see God moving to make all these dreams happen and more through this new partnership.And we are excited to bring you a new episode of the Catholic Creatives podcast today. In this episode we hear from both Anthony D'Ambrosio and Matt Meeks of Catholic Ventures as they discuss their history together, challenges building the CC community, and the future with Matt in this new role. This was a great interview with a few tears shed, and we see God’s heart leading these men and the Church as a whole.A program note, the audio is a little rough at times, as this was a zoom call recording. We’ll make sure to get all the bugs ironed out for our next episode.What are you most excited about on this next phase of the journey?Let us know @catholiccreatives and for anyone who has specific questions, concerns or wants to connect on the next phase of the community, Matt asked us to include his email for you all to reach out to him directly: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo learn more about Catholic Ventures, checkout the media release here.
66 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Creating Out of Darkness: Matt Maher
Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A nine time-GRAMMY® nominee and three time-GMA Dove Award winner. Matt Maher shares how his experience with tragedy and trauma has made him a better artist. In this conversation, he and Anthony D’Ambrosio talked on Facebook Live about how they are approaching quarantine, and about their hopes for how Catholic creatives will use this time to truly grapple with their own heartbreak.We hope this conversation encourages you to share your creations with us and the world. Be part of the Through Fire campaign by posting your work with #ThroughFire and #CatholicCreatives.Thanks to our sponsor The Little Catholic Box, who is offering a $20 discount on your first order of a new quarterly subscription when you use the code CCBEAUTY at checkout. And grab one of their new, limited-time “Be Not Afraid” mini-box.
72 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Beauty is Essential: Charles and Amanda Shepard
Amanda and Charles Shepard share stories of their experiences curating, running, and building up the Fort Wayne Museum of Art — and why they believe art and beauty are no less important in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles has been the President and CEO of the museum since 2003, after multiple directorships throughout the country; Amanda, Vice President and COO, studied studio painting at Notre Dame before joining the FWMoA staff in 2007. They share how necessary it is to continue patronizing artists, appreciating beauty, and creating our own work.We hope this conversation encourages you to share your creations with us and the world. Be part of the Through Fire campaign by posting your work with #ThroughFire and #CatholicCreatives.Thanks to our sponsor The Little Catholic Box, who is offering a $20 discount on your first order of a new quarterly subscription when you use the code CCBEAUTY at checkout. And grab one of their new, limited-time “Be Not Afraid” mini-box.
67 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Hey Weirdo, That'll Never Work: CC Summit 2018
At the CC Summit in 2018, Jeff Schiefelbein and Matt Pinto led a panel on entrepreneurship and making your crazy dreams work. Matthew Pinto is a speaker, author, and the founder of Ascension Press; and Jeff Schiefelbein is the Chief Culture Officer of 5, an energy consulting firm. Together, they shared their best practices for running businesses, sticking to your convictions, and tempering activity with receptivity.To hear more talks like this, get an invite to the 2020 CC Summit! It’s going down in Dallas from April 30 - May 3.Thanks to our sponsor The Little Catholic Box!Support Catholic Creatives by donating or leaving a review.Resources mentioned in this episode: The Vocation of the Business LeaderAdditional music provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
42 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
The Narthex with Bradley Santos
Bradley Santos is the lead designer for the University of Washington central marketing team and the creative director of One Secret Mission, a creative studio leading a conversation to Christ with beauty. Bradley’s work in photography, graphic design, and art direction — and his Filipino background — help him tell untold stories and see beauty in new places. He joins us in the Narthex to geek out about Kanye and tell his story.Thanks to our sponsor The Little Catholic Box! Visit their website now and click the pink banner along the top to have a chance at a free year’s worth of boxes.Resources mentioned in this episode: Cory Heimann CC Podcast Episode, The Freshest Kids breakdancing documentary, God Is (Acoustic Cover) by Noah PepmeyerAdditional music provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
46 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
Wealth Is More Than Financial: Thomas Yep
Thomas Yep is a partner and the CEO at the Archetype Group, a Catholic business incubator, accelerator, and holding group that helps launch businesses to grow the economy of salvation. Together with his wife Christina (Archetype’s Chief Creative Officer), he is a father to four children.. Thomas works with entrepreneurs to coach them through the process of running a profitable business while bringing eternal value and human dignity to the culture, making a way for creative business owners to bring goodness, beauty, and truth to the world.Check out this episode’s sponsor, The Little Catholic Box, and order your first box before they ship in early February 2020!Resources mentioned in this episode: As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Gerard Manley Hopkins; Start With Why, Simon Sinek; Why Your Critics Aren’t the Ones Who Count, Brene Brown; Abiding Together PodcastAdditional Music from Blue Dot Sessions
39 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
The Narthex with Clare McCallan
In the Narthex this month is spoken word artist and thrifting queen Clare McCallan! Clare has traveled all over performing poetry, serving, and bringing the mic to underrepresented voices. She joined us in the Narthex to share stories of her Brooklyn adventures before she jetted off to Washington to be the Grunewald Guild artist-in-residence. If you’d like to bring Clare to perform poetry at your church, school, or home, get in touch with her through Instagram or email.Thanks to this month’s Narthex sponsors: The Little Catholic Box and Sock Religious!Blue Dot Sessions provided select music for this episode.
63 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
The Vocation of Business: Andreas Widmer and Luke Burgis
Andreas Widmer and Luke Burgis work at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of America. Andreas founded and directs the Ciocca Center; he is the author of The Pope and the CEO. Luke is the current Entrepreneur in Residence at the Ciocca Center and co-authored the book Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person.Together, they teach the popular “Vocation of Business” course. Luke is now adapting that class for a high school course called the “Catholic Entrepreneurship and Design Experience,” or CEDE.Additional music from this episode provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
35 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
The Narthex with Nick Roach
Nicholas Gerald Roach hails from Washington, where he began his career in entrepreneurial business and ecommerce marketing. He has worked with Filson and Lucchese Boots; recently, he began his own ecommerce and marketing consulting service — and is continuing to pursue photography and music. In the Narthex, Nick shares his hope to use meaningful, holistic work to help others. You can get in touch with Nick at email@example.com.Keep making this podcast possible by supporting Catholic Creatives.Additional music for this episode provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
59 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Authentic Diversity: Deacon Charlie Echeverry
Deacon Charlie Echeverry is the founder of the Black//Brown Collective, an accelerator based in Los Angeles that aims to connect emerging technology with emerging audiences. As a former executive for media companies like mitu, Univision, and Walt Disney, and as a chairperson for Catholic Answers and Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Deacon Charlie is actively working to create a world that sees diversity as a strength, not as a checklist or imposition. He and Anthony discuss practical ways we can all work towards a truly unified Catholic experience.Get in touch with Deacon Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you to Sock Religious for making this podcast possible!Additional music provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
29 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
The Narthex with Ali Hoffman
Welcome to The Narthex! It’s our new short-form podcast where we can be a little louder, a little less reverent, and just as inspired. We’ll be dropping new episodes from The Narthex every month.In The Narthex this week is Ali Hoffman, the curly-haired mastermind behind Oodles of Doodles. Ali is the Youth Director at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton, Texas; a Catholic speaker; a hand lettering instructor; and an all-around inspiration who believes that everyone is loved, wanted, and necessary.Resources mentioned in this episode: Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley, Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Greg BoyleMusic for this episode provided by Blue Dot Sessions
65 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Home Office Romance: Paul and Jamie Duda
Jamie and Paul Duda's best creations include their creative agency Francis and Louise, the award-winning 8beats film "Almost Home," and their son Hank.Being married coworkers has its challenges and opportunities, so Jamie and Paul joined host Marcellino D’Ambrosio and his wife Augusta for a conversation that pulls back the curtain on the idealized version of marriage, revealing something even richer, deeper, and way more fun.Paul and Jamie live in Detroit, where they work with Unleash the Gospel and other clients who want to bring stories to life.Music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions
5 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
BONUS! You're Welcome World: Christmas
In the final episode of You're Welcome World, we go beyond St. Nicholas and learn about the many Catholics who shaped Christmas ... including a jacked axe-wielding bishop.Do you have the next big idea? Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge and join the ranks of the Catholic innovators who have gone before us.
5 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
BONUS! You're Welcome World: Tennis
It's the game of choice for Serena Williams and Roger Federer ... and the 12th century French monks who invented it. The latest episode of You're Welcome World uncovers the Catholic beginnings of tennis, as well as the way Christians have carried on the tradition of sport.Do you have the next big idea? Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge and join the ranks of the Catholic innovators who have gone before us.
4 minutes | Aug 8, 2019
BONUS! You're Welcome World: Pretzels
It's the ultimate theme park food, the mall food court go-to, the reliable stadium snack. But the pretzel had humble (Catholic) beginnings. The latest bonus podcast episode is all about the history of this twisted treat.Do you have the next big idea? Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge and join the ranks of the Catholic innovators who have gone before us.
4 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
BONUS! You're Welcome World: Coffee
Coffee lovers everywhere should know the name Pope Clement VIII. Discover the way this pope brought our favorite brew into the Western world, changing mornings and increasing productivity forever.Do you have the next big idea? Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge and join the ranks of the Catholic innovators who have gone before us.
4 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
BONUS! You're Welcome World: Beer
Did you know that Catholics played an essential role in making beer what it is today? This bonus episode explores the history of St. Hildegard, St. Benedict, and all the Catholic innovators who helped brew this iconic beverage.Do you have the next big idea? Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge and join the ranks of the Catholic innovators who have gone before us.
72 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
The Church Needs Innovators: Jason Shanks
As the President of the OSV Institute, Jason Shanks gives grants to initiatives within the Church, which offers him a fascinating perspective on innovation (or the lack thereof) in the world of Catholic ministry. He and Anthony discuss the state of the Church, especially why we need new ideas from entrepreneurial Catholics. Jason also shares the lessons he’s learned about effective innovation — how to stay centered, measure results, and make transformative changes.Visit OSVChallenge.com to learn about the OSV Innovation Challenge.Resources mentioned in this episode: Good to Great and Built to Last by Jim Collins
59 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
Creative Conflict and YouTube Fame: Katherine Cimorelli
Katherine Cimorelli is a singer, writer, and one-sixth of the group Cimorelli, a band she and her sisters started which gained popularity on YouTube and now releases original music. She tells Anthony the lessons she’s learned in collaboration, affirming others’ strengths, and harnessing her talents. The second of 11 kids, Katherine shares how she and her sisters launched their music career with a viral video, and what it’s been like to navigate a family business. They also dive into the daily practices — spiritual, creative, and physical — that keep Katherine grounded.
88 minutes | May 24, 2019
How to Sprout Idea Seeds: Cory Heimann
“Beauty will save the world, but no one will die if you make something that sucks.”With his ever-important words of wisdom, Cory Heimann is back on this special live episode of the podcast, recorded during the New Renaissance Festival in March 2019. Cory is the founder and creative director of Likeable Art, as well as the pioneer of the insanely popular Created book. He and Marcellino discuss the freedom and detachment that comes from learning to play hard, fail with courage, and keep pursuing beauty. They also chat about Cory’s idea for a college alternative that rights the wrongs of the current education system, as well as his tried-and-true method of creative brainstorming.We would love your feedback on the Catholic Creatives podcast! Go to bit.ly/ccpodsurvey to take a short survey and share your thoughts.
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