16 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
University of St. Thomas-Houston to Launches Digital Evangelization Series
Life is lived out on social media, and Catholics are very much a part of the movement. Harnessing the expertise of major Catholic influencers who evangelize effectively on social media platforms, the University of St. Thomas-Houston MAX Studios, in partnership with the Word on Fire Institute, is announcing an innovative video series to demonstrate how to bring the light of the Gospel to the digital world. Each episode of the series, The New Evangelization and New Media, will spotlight one of today’s most interesting and compelling Catholic influencers to share their experiences in experimenting with technology and media to get to the heart of our culture and reach their specific audience. They will share their successes and failures, get real about the challenges they face on a particular platform, and explain why it’s important for Catholics to see the value of engaging authentically in a digital space. The lineup of influencers slated for the first round includes Australian singer-songwriter and YouTuber Fr. Rob Galea, Jonathan “Bearded Blevins,” who launched a ministry for gamers on Twitch, Waco’s mom-blogger and Word on Fire Fellow Haley Stewart, better known as @haleycarrots on Instagram, and America’s Next Top Model Season 3 contestant Leah Darrow to demonstrate the need for evangelization on Facebook. The second round of production, featuring Catholic influencers from TikTok, Twitter and in the podcast space, will be announced in the coming weeks. About Bridget Richardson: Bridget Richardson is a producer with MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas-Houston and loves to engage in conversation with just about anyone. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Electronic Media with a Theatre minor from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her MA in Faith and Culture from UST Houston.
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
What A Convert Can Expect During The Easter Triduum With Charles Johnston
Charles Johnston comes back to the show to discuss what someone coming into the church can expect during the Easter Triduum. Charles takes us from Holy Thursday to the Easter vigil and explains the symbolism and deep meaning of everything that is going on. Go to Amazon and check out Charles's book titled "The Beauty of the Mass". Check him out on facebook at (2) Now That I'm Catholic | Facebook
25 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Speaking For The Unborn: With Dr. Steven Christie
Dr. Steven Christie joins me today to discuss his book Speaking For The Unborn: 30-Second Pro-Life Rebuttals to Pro-Choice Arguments. In this interview he discusses how he spent 25 years in the Pro-Choice movement and how he became Pro-life. He also gives great tips on developing 30 second arguments that get the opposition thinking. Visit his website www.speakingfortheunborn.org for free resources to protect the unborn. About Dr. Steven Christie: Dr. Steven Christie is a physician specializing in oncologic radiology and body imaging. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology. He is also an attorney and member of the Florida Bar. Aside from his medical and legal work, Dr. Christie also lectures regularly on Catholic social issues, particularly marriage, family, and the dignity of life. He and his wife, Dr. Grazie Christie, live in the Miami area and are the proud parents of five children.
52 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
The Early church Fathers
This episode is an interview I ad with David Skuban of the Catholic Canuck Podcast. We discuss some of the church fathers that impacted my conversion. Be sure to check out his podcast at https://shows.acast.com/the-catholic-canuck-podcast
51 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
Is Confession To a Priest biblical?
In this episode I discuss whether confession to a priest is biblical. I go from the old testament to the new to make the case for the catholic position. this episode is an appearance that I make on March 11, 2022 on Gary Michuta's Hands on Apologetics radio program that airs Monday-Friday at 1pm EST on Virgin Most Powerful radio.
42 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
The Importance of the Liturgy with David L. Gray
Author and theologian David L. Gray joins me for a discussion on the liturgy. In this interview we discus the various parts of the Mass and the meaning behind them. We discuss how to prepare ourselves for the Liturgy, nd what to do if we are not finding meaning in it. It is a very informative interview nd you will come away from it with a deeper appreciation and love for the Mass. #davidlgray #liturgy #catholic If you have not already, consider subscribing to David's Youtube channel @David L. Gray Check out David's website at www.davidlgray.info Checkout the book that David edited and is being released by St. Dominic's Media at https://www.saintdominicsmedia.com/shop/catholic-traditional-black-in-anthology-and-discourse/ About David (From his website): Born in 1972, David L. Gray is an American Catholic Theologian and Historian, and the President and Publisher of Saint Dominic’s Media. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central State University (Ohio) and a Masters of Arts in Catholic Theology from Ohio Dominican University. His published work, ‘Inside Prince Hall (Freemasonry)’ predates his conversion to Catholicism. He currently resides in the Greater Saint Louis area with his wife Felicia. They are active in the Queen of Peace Catholic community on Scott Air Force Base. David is an On-Air Radio Personality for the Guadalupe Radio Network ‘The David L. Gray Show: Voicing Truth and Reason‘, which airs every Wednesday on the global GRN at 4 PM CT. As a private instructor, David L. Gray is teaching courses in Catholic theology, liturgy, and history using a pedagogical methodology he has named, ‘The Dominican Way,’ which focuses on a dialectic and contemplative approach and grounds all Catholic theological in the liturgy of the Catholic Mass, which is our highest expression of prayer and worship. In 2004, David had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ that moved me from the column of Agnostic to Protestant-Christian and later to Catholic-Christian, and on August 8th, 2006 was confirmed into the Catholic Church, taking Saint Joseph as his confirmation name.
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Does 1 John Teach Assurance of Salvation?
On February 25, 2022 I was once again honored to be a guest on the Hands on Apologetics radio program hosted by Gary Michuta. The show airs Monday-Friday at 1 PM EST on Virgin Most Powerful Radio. In this episode we take a look at the entirety of 1 John to see if the doctrine of once saved aways saved is taught. Learn more about Gary by visiting www.handsonapologetics.com Check out the radio station my visiting www.virginmostpowerfulradio.org #1john #catholicapologetics #salvation
43 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
God’s Ecstatic Love with Dr. Bruce Tallman
Dr. Bruce Tallman joins me today to discuss his conversion to the Catholic church, his spiritual direction practice, and his new book titled "God's Ecstatic Love: Transform Your Life With A Spiritual Masterpiece". In this interview we discuss what led him to the Catholic church, what spiritual direction is and how the Holy Spirit led him to it, and the work of St. Francis de Sales that led to his newest release. #catholicconvert #spiritualdirection #brucetallman Learn more about Dr. Tallman by visiting his website at www.brucetallman.com
23 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Calming the Storm with Fr. Gerald Murray
Fr. Gerald Murray joins me today to discuss his new book "Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society". The church has undergone, and is undergoing, many different crises and Fr. Murray tells us how to navigate through. The book will be available on April 7th and is published by Emmaus Road. #geraldmurray #crisisinthechurch #catholic About Fr Murray: Fr. Gerald E. Murray, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan. He is a canon lawyer and a guest commentator on religious news on EWTN, Fox News Channel, and other media outlets. Ordained a priest in 1984, he has served in parishes in the Bronx and Manhattan and was a chaplain for eleven years in the United States Naval Reserve. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1993 –1997, being awarded a doctorate in 1998. He is a regular columnist at TheCatholicThing.org and at HumanLifeReview.com.
20 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Catholic Schools and the New Evangelization with Kyle Pietrantonio
Not long ago, DIA Schools Collaborative’s sole activity was an annual conference for Catholic school leaders, teachers, and campus ministers. In the fall of 2020, DIA shifted to a membership association that provides strong connections and communication among Catholic schools nationwide. The goal was to embolden the network of like-minded Catholic educational collaborators to foster ideas, discuss challenges, and find support. Today, hundreds of children and families throughout the United States are immersed in a rich, formative, and vibrant approach to Catholic education and the New Evangelization. This mission is rooted in Duc In Altum’s core tenet: to “go out into the deep” and become beacons of light for the ministry of faithfully Catholic education in America. Borrowing the phrase from the Gospel of Luke, one oft-quoted by St. John Paul II, DIA has already proven itself a frontline leader in the charge to awaken the Catholic Church and her children. DIA recognizes that the future of Catholic education and evangelization nationwide depends on the next generation of Church leaders and on thriving schools and parishes. “As church membership has now dipped below 50% for the first time in U.S. history, how can our Catholic schools serve as ‘fulcra of faith’ for all who come in contact with them?” asks DIA Executive Director Kyle Pietrantonio. “The genesis of DIA sprang from a belief that we need to rethink the paradigm of Catholic schools as vibrant communities of faith. DIA is an intentional, international collaborative that brings together entrepreneurial administrators to bolster the faith formation programming of our schools in new and exciting ways. Already in its second year as a membership model, DIA school and diocese membership has increased by nearly fifty percent, with new members pending. Member schools and dioceses represent forty-three states and thousands of students. The DIA approach is holistic, meaning it is specifically designed to engage, educate, and evangelize the whole family with the aim of building up the individual, the family, schools and parishes, and the entire Catholic Church in the United States. To date, DIA reaches thousands of heads of school, presidents, principals, teachers, and campus ministers, as well as all diocesan Superintendents of Education. The mission is to continue connecting, equipping, and enlivening Catholic schools, families, and children everywhere. To learn more visit www.diaschools.org Kyle Pietrantonio is the Executive Director of the Duc in Altum (DIA) Schools Collaborative. As an experienced school principal and teacher in Catholic schools, Kyle was a founding board member of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School and previously served as Head of School at Holy Spirit Preparatory in Atlanta. He is currently Vice Chair of the Ignatian House Board of Directors and works in Executive Search for Partners in Mission. Kyle and his wife Meghan reside in Atlanta with their three children.
46 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Facing Fears With Five Smooth Stones with Robert Leblanc
Author #RobertLeblanc of the #Catholic Moment joins me for today's show to discuss his great new book titled "Five Smooth Stones: Facing the Goliath of our Fears". In our discussion we discuss the five smooth stones in regard to #virtue and how they can powerfully shape our spiritual lives. Robert has graciously provided a discount for listeners and views that want to check out the book. Visit https://www.catholicmoment.ca/book and enter the code "faith" for a 10% discount.
28 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
What Can Marvel Comics Teach Us About Faith? With Thomas Salerno
Author Thomas Salerno joins me today to discuss #Marvel Comics and what they can teach us about #faith. Thomas goes into detail about some of the faith themes that are contained in the comics and films and how they can help us with #evangelism. It is a fascinating discussion. Check out his website at www.thomasjsalernowrites.com About Thomas (from his website): My name is Thomas Salerno and I am a freelance writer. In my nonfiction work, I enjoy exploring the intersection between Christianity and nerd/geek culture. I’m also a short story writer and aspiring novelist working in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. In addition, I enjoy writing articles that help communicate science (particularly the fields of paleontology and anthropology) to the general public. I hold a BA in Anthropology from Stony Brook University and between 2013 and 2020 I worked (first as a volunteer and later as a paid employee) at the American Museum of Natural History. I have been writing professionally since 2020 and have composed multiple articles for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word On Fire Catholic Ministries as well as Philip Kosloski’s Voyage Comics & Publishing.
65 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
What is the Magisterium? With Ken Litchfield
#Catholic apologist #kenlitchfield joins me today to discuss the #magisterium. Ken takes us on a journey from Genesis thru Revelation to show its biblical roots. He also shows us how it operated in the early days of the church. It is a very interesting episode. Check out Ken's book "How Old Is Your Church? An Introductory Guide To Catholic Apologetics on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/How-Old-Your-Church-Introductory-ebook/dp/B07JDD4RGH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3TYWLF3ZNT9BI&keywords=ken+litchfield&qid=1642440164&s=digital-text&sprefix=ken+litchfield%2Cdigital-text%2C182&sr=1-1
59 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
My Conversion Story On The Pints and Pews Podcast
In November I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Leblanc on his podcast titled Pints and Pews. We discussed craft beer, the faith, and how I became Catholic. It was a fun conversation and I highly recommend you check out and subscribe to his show. Check it out at Pints & Pews Podcast : Craft Beers and Catholicism (podbean.com)
30 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Should The Church Provide Transportation For The Disabled? With J.M. Kraemer
J.M. Kraemer of The Lego Church Project joins me to discuss a very important issue. That issue is transportation for the disabled to Mass. Is this something that the church should do? Or is it up to each person to find their own way? In out discussion we will be discussing this issue as an issue of pastoral care for those who do not have the means to get to Mass on their own. We will be referencing an article that he wrote for Wherepeteris.com and my blog over at patheos.com/thepursuitofholiness. Transportation To Mass Is A Real Need | William Hemsworth (patheos.com)
51 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
How I Came To Believe That The Catholic Church Is True.
On Dec 20, 2021 I was honored to once again be a guest of Gary Michuta on his Hands on Apologetics radio program. His show airs Monday-Friday at 1Pm EST on Virgin Most Powerful Radio. On that episode we discussed my conversion to Catholicism. Enjoy!
28 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Using Fiction To Share The Faith with Thomas Salerno
Author Thomas Salerno joins me to discuss his work as an author of #catholicfiction. We discuss how he began writing, how fiction can share the #faith, and how he has grown in his faith through writing. He is a talented and inspirational writer that you should follow. #catholicism Check out his website at www.thomasjsalernowrites.com About Thomas (from his website): My name is Thomas Salerno and I am a freelance writer. In my nonfiction work, I enjoy exploring the intersection between Christianity and nerd/geek culture. I’m also a short story writer and aspiring novelist working in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. In addition, I enjoy writing articles that help communicate science (particularly the fields of paleontology and anthropology) to the general public. I hold a BA in Anthropology from Stony Brook University and between 2013 and 2020 I worked (first as a volunteer and later as a paid employee) at the American Museum of Natural History. I have been writing professionally since 2020 and have composed multiple articles for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word On Fire Catholic Ministries as well as Philip Kosloski’s Voyage Comics & Publishing.
51 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Answering The Claims Of The Prosperity Gospel (HOA 11-11-21)
Today's video is from my appearance on Hands on Apologetics on Virgin Most Powerful Radio. The show is hosted by Catholic speaker and apologist Gary Michuta and airs Monday-Friday at 1pm EST. We discuss what the #prosperitygospel teaches and how to answer their claims with #scripture. I show that it is a man centered #theology that needs to be confronted as it is spreading throughout the world.
30 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Revolt Against Reality with Gary Michuta
How did we get where we are as a society? #Catholic speaker, radio host, and apologist #GaryMichuta joins me to discuss how humanity is lost its way. In his #book "Revolt Against Reality" Gary takes a deep dive into these issue that span centuries. He exposes the enemies of faith and reason and shows us how to fight back. Check out the book at https://shop.catholic.com/revolt-against-reality-fighting-the-foes-of-sanity-and-truth-from-the-serpent-to-the-state/ Check out Gary's website at www.handsonapologetics.com
26 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Discussing The Father‘s Son with Jim Sano
#catholic author Jim Sano joins me to talk about #faith and his great book titled "The Father's Son". It is book one of as trilogy in the #catholicfiction genre that is filled with great apologetics and evangelization content. Jim discusses how the book came about, his research, how the story developed, and the amazing feedback that he has received. Learn more about Jim by visiting his website at www.jimsano.com. Check out the book at https://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Son-Jim-Sano/dp/1987970128/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=the%20father%27%20s%20son&qid=1607534338&sr=8-4 About Jim: Jim Sano grew up in an Irish/Italian family in Massachusetts. Jim is a husband, father, life-long Catholic and has worked as a teacher, consultant, and businessman. He has degrees from Boston College and Bentley University and is currently attending Franciscan University for a Master’s degree in Catechetics and Evangelization. He has also attended certificate programs at The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary and the Apologetics Academy. Jim is a member of the Catholic Writer’s Guild and has enjoyed growing in his faith and now sharing it through writing novels. The Father’s Son (released August 15, 2019) is Jim’s first novel and is the recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild’s Seal of Approval Award for editorial integrity and faithfulness to Catholic teaching. Gus Busbi is Jim’s second novel and was released on December 8, 2020 and Stolen Blessing will be his third novel was released on March 25, 2021. Jim resides in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne, and has two daughters, Emily and Megan.