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The Vita Podcast
66 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Ep. 37 - Bishop Joseph Strickland
Bishop Joseph Strickland attended Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas, and earned his Bachelor of Philosophy in May of 1981. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in May of 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on June 1, 1985. Upon the elevation of the Diocese of Tyler in February 1987, he became a member of its newly formed presbyterate. He received his Licentiate in Canon Law in May of 1994 and was named rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas in June of that same year. He was ordained as the Fourth Bishop of Tyler on November 28, 2012. Follow Bishop Strickland on Twitter. Visit his website, https://www.bishopstrickland.com/.
52 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Ep. 36 - Tony Guajardo
Tony Guajardo has been a staunch pro-life advocate since 2006. As a Leadership Institute Field Representative, he helped strengthen and build pro-life student groups at over 40 different campuses in Michigan and Florida. In 2018, he was invited to attend the University of Notre Dame's Vita Institute. Follow Tony on Facebook and Twitter.
14 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Ep. 35 - Caitlin Solan
Caitlin Solan is an art teacher and artist in Northern Virginia. Her Catholic faith and pro-life values influence her art. She paints colorful custom sonogram paintings that show the beauty of life before birth. Her sonogram paintings send a powerful message that all life is important and should be cherished. Follow Caitlin on Instagram, and shop her art on Etsy.
12 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Ep. 34 - Caitie Crowley
Caitie Crowley is a passionate Catholic, pro-life writer. She has written for Human Defense Initiative and is a Live Action Ambassador. She is pursuing her graduate degree in Information Design and Strategy with a Content Strategy concentration at Northwestern University. Her Bachelor of Science is in Business Marketing with a concentration in Social Media and a minor in Management and Leadership. She is also currently a Project Manager at Simantel and has also worked at Caterpillar Inc. doing a variety of roles including digital marketing, marketing communications, event planning, project planning and writing. Caitie doesn’t just want to win arguments; she wants to change hearts. You can get in touch with Caitie at LinkedIn or Twitter.
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Ep. 33 - David Hall
David Hall is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Henderson, Nevada. More importantly, he's married to a wonderfully faithful woman named Gevie, and together, they have three angelic demon children: Joel, Isaac and Gemma. David gets a bit obsessive about things which draw him into spells of insomnia where he learns to write HTML at 1 a.m., edit and create a podcast, or learns everything there is to know about aquariums. His obsessions are mostly pointless with the exception of his obsession with Jesus and his Church. David's obsession drives him to learn philosophy, theology, and to write and teach about all he's learned about Jesus. If only he could make that knowledge pass into his character, he would be a saint! But unfortunately, David is a selfish and broken sinner, and now super culpable for his sin because of his knowledge. Listen and subscribe to the Among Wolves podcast wherever you get podcasts.
26 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Ep. 32 - Dr. Michael New
Dr. Michael J. New is a visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Research at the Catholic University of America. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College, Dr. New received a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2002. Before coming to the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. New worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-MIT Data Center and later taught at the University of Alabama, the University of Michigan - Dearborn, and Ave Maria University. Dr. New researches and writes about the social science of pro-life issues. He gives presentations on both the positive impact of pro-life laws and the gains in public support for the pro-life position. He is a frequent blogger on National Review Online's "The Corner." He has appeared on EWTN News Nightly, Christian Broadcast News, and CNN International. His writings have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Review Online, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The Federalist and the New York Post. You can follow him on Twitter @Michael_J_New. Read Dr. New's work: Mainstream Media Misses The Story Behind U.S. Abortion Decline Guttmacher Report Shows Pro-Life Progress Continues as U.S. Abortion Rates Decline
9 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Ep. 31 - Koree Fellows
Koree Fellows is a wife, mom of two, YouTuber and pro-life activist of seven years. Follow Koree on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
18 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Ep. 30 - Mickey Kelly
Mickey Kelly is a pro-life activist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, having held various positions on all levels. He first got involved with the pro-life movement through a group called Generation Life as a member of the teen board during his senior year of high school, and little by little became an active member. He has prayed in front of three abortion facilities in the last ten years in Philadelphia, including one in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis. Today, he is a blogger for Voices for Life that shares pro-life news on the local, state, national and even global levels. When he is not praying for an end to abortion, he enjoys traveling, dancing (mostly ballroom), writing, reading, collecting novels, history, theology, good conversations with family, friends, strangers with non-alcohol and alcoholic beverages, and meeting new people wherever he goes and whatever he does. Follow Mickey on Instagram.
32 minutes | May 8, 2020
Ep. 29 - Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Bishop Athanasius Schneider was born in 1961 in Kyrgyzstan to a German family and baptized with the name Antonius. In 1973, the family emigrated to Germany. He joined the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross in Austria in 1982 and received the religious name Athanasius; he was ordained a priest in Brazil in 1990. Having earned a doctorate in Patrology at the Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome, he has taught since 1999 at the seminary in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. In 2006, he was ordained a bishop in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and appointed titular bishop of Celerina and auxiliary bishop of Karaganda. Since 2011, he has been auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Chairman of the Liturgical Commission and Secretary General of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Kazakhstan. Bishop Schneider is the author of two books on the Holy Eucharist: "Dominus Est - It Is the Lord!" and "Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church." His most recent book is called "Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age." Follow Bishop Schneider on his website, www.gloriadei.io.
14 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Ep. 28 - Christina Ambrosino
Christina Ambrosino is an on-air personality and producer of “The Busted Halo Show” for SiriusXM. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Communications. During her time in college, she volunteered for various Catholic organizations, including FOCUS, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and the Sisters of Life. Her work in ministry led her to develop a passion for Catholic media and the new evangelization. Christina still dedicates her free time to volunteer work and ministry with the young adult community in New York. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel where she talks about faith, family, friends and travel. Follow Christina on Instagram. Listen to "The Busted Halo Show" on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel (ch. 129) Monday-Friday from 6-8 p.m. EDT. Follow Busted Halo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
32 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Ep. 27 - Bishop Felipe Estévez
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez was born on February 5, 1946, in Havana, Cuba and arrived in the United States on an Operation Pedro Pan flight as a teenager. He was ordained in 1970 and has done extensive studies in spiritual theology, earning a doctorate from Gregorian University in Rome. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. From 2001 to 2003, Bishop Estévez served as spiritual director of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. where he served as rector from 1980 to 1986. He was the pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Miami for 14 years, while also directing campus ministry at Florida International University. Appointed Auxiliary Bishop on November 21, 2003, and ordained January 7, 2004, he oversaw the archdiocese’s Ministry of Pastoral Services including family life, youth, campus, prison and respect life ministries, as well as all church movements and new communities. In 2010, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Miami. On April 27, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Auxiliary Bishop Felipe J. Estévez the tenth Bishop of St. Augustine. He was installed on June 2, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Bishop Estévez is the second of three children (Carlos and Marty) of the late Adriano and Estrella Estévez. Follow Bishop Estévez on the Diocese of St. Augustine's website and Twitter.
24 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Ep. 26 - Austin Quick
Austin Quick is the President & COO of Catholic Connect, and brings with him years of experience in the military, politics and seminary formation to aid the growth of the company into a household name aimed at bringing people together and spreading the Good News to the world. Austin, or “The Basic Catholic,” as he is known to many is a passionate, internationally-acclaimed Catholic speaker who uses media and technology to bring to people, both young and old, what Pope St. John Paul II called the “New Evangelization”. His Instagram account @thebasiccatholic is one of the fastest-growing in the Catholic world, with over 100,000 followers to date. A convert from Judaism in 2003 while serving in the United States Navy, Austin credits his Catholic faith for bringing him the most joy in life. Follow Austin on Instagram. Follow Catholic Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
26 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Ep. 25 - Lizzie Reezay
Lizzie Reezay has been the YouTube creator of her channel, LizziesAnswers, since 2010. She loves sharing about her life and giving advice through her videos. Her channel is all about theology, philosophy, relationship advice, bipolar disorder, faith, life stories and anything else that makes her happy or helps people. Lizzie is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she studied philosophy and religion. Lizzie converted to Catholicism in the spring of 2018. Subscribe to LizziesAnswers on YouTube. Follow Lizzie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sources mentioned in this episode: https://qz.com/857273/the-sharpest-drops-in-abortion-rates-in-america-have-been-under-democratic-presidents/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2018/11/21/number-abortions-us-hits-historic-low/?utm_term=.3d57a2c1b225 https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/395960/ https://prospect.org/health/demographics-abortion-think/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2018/11/21/number-abortions-us-hits-historic-low/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/13/opinion/sunday/abortion-roe-2020-democrats.html https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-264.html https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2019/feb/health-insurance-coverage-eight-years-after-aca https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/01/22/thirteen-charts-that-explain-how-roe-v-wade-changed-abortion-rights/ https://www.guttmacher.org/united-states/abortion https://www.guttmacher.org/infographic/2016/us-abortion-patients https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/religious-tradition/catholic/party-affiliation/ https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/some-advice-for-democratic-presidential-candidates-on-abortion-policy/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/13/opinion/sunday/abortion-roe-2020-democrats.html
20 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Ep. 24 - Raymond Cardinal Burke
Born in 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Raymond Leo Burke attended seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., and Rome, where he was ordained a priest by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1975. Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and over four years as Archbishop of St. Louis. He was named a cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has written and spoken widely on Roman Catholic canon law, the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sanctity of human life. He is a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. To learn more, visit https://www.cardinalburke.com/ Follow Cardinal Burke on Twitter. Read Humanae Vitae. Read Evangelium Vitae.
17 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Ep. 23 - John Roselle
John Roselle co-founded Stay Close To Christ with his wife, Kelly, in order to help Catholics find gifts that build faith. They are passionately pro-life and are the blessed parents of three children, Gabriel Mary, who was miscarried, and Little John and Joseph. Get your FREE 10 Weeks Charm from Stay Close To Christ! Simply: Add the item to your cart Enter promo code FREETENWEEKS at checkout Just pay shipping Follow Stay Close To Christ on Facebook and Instagram.
25 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Ep. 22 - Alison Howard Centofante
Alison Howard Centofante is Director of External Affairs at Live Action, a leading national pro-life nonprofit reporting pro-life news from a pro-life perspective. She is based in the D.C. area. Alison previously worked at Alliance Defending Freedom as the Director of Alliance Relations and prior to that at Concerned Women for America as Communications Director. Alison has worked on expanding the movement on life, marriage and religious freedom. Speaking on those issues, she has been featured on Fox News, ABC, NPR, The Christian Broadcasting Network and other media outlets. Her work has been published in National Review Online, World Magazine, Red Alert Politics and The Blaze. Alison has received numerous awards and recognition, a few of which include Red Alerts Politics "30 under 30" and being named to the RNC's list of "Rising Stars". Read the latest pro-life news on Live Action News. Follow Alison on Twitter. Follow Live Action on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.
22 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
Ep. 21 - Mary Varni
As part of the Pro-life Generation, Mary Lovee Varni is passionate about advocating for the dignity of all human life both personally and professionally. Mary is the program manager for the Respect Life Apostolate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and a volunteer regional board member with Missouri Right to Life. Her pro-life advocacy began when her Catholic grade school teacher asked her class to pray for the unborn and their moms. Mary was so concerned she quickly sent a letter to President George Bush who actually wrote back. That letter now sits on her desk as a daily reminder of how one person can make a difference. Since that time, God continues to lead Mary on an amazing pro-life adventure in which she meets heroes of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds from students attending the March for Life to international pro-life speaker/writer Abby Johnson. Mary enjoys sharing this adventure with others while inspiring them to do the same. Follow Mary on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Facebook and Twitter.
45 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Ep. 20 - Joseph Kral
Joe Kral has been involved in the pro-life movement since college. His M.A. in Theology was completed at the University of St. Thomas where he specialized in bioethics. From 1996-2003, he was the Legislative Director for Texas Right to Life. During that time, he was also a lobbyist for the Department of Medical Ethics at National Right to Life. From 2004-2007, he consulted the Texas Catholic Conference on pro-life legislative initiatives. In 2006 he was awarded the "Bishop’s Pro-Life Award for Civic Action" from the Respect Life Ministry in the Diocese of Dallas. He currently is a regular contributor for the Truth and Charity Forum, an online academic publication for Human Life International, serves as a voluntary legislative advisor to Texas Alliance for Life, is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, teaches as an adjunct professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, teaches as a Forward Toward Christian Ministry instructor for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is doing doctoral studies at Harrison Middleton University where he is specializing in the ethical and legal theory of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has been married to his wife, Melissa, since 2004 and they have two children together. They attend St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Sugar Land. Follow Joe on Twitter. Follow the Society of St. Sebastian on Facebook and Twitter. Visit https://www.societyofstsebastian.org to learn more.
55 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Ep. 19 - Adam Minihan And David Niles
Adam Minihan is the CEO of an award-winning local Catholic radio station and the host of The Catholic Man Show. Adam and his best friend/co-host, David Niles, had zero experience in the radio business before being presented with the opportunity to start a Catholic station in 2014. Taking a leap of faith, they launched St. Michael Catholic Radio and it has now grown into covering the whole Tulsa Market, airing multiple local programs, and carrying EWTN content. Adam is married to his beautiful bride Haylee and they have four children. They live in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they are active in their Catholic community. David Niles is a cradle Catholic, born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended All Saints Catholic Grade School and Bishop Kelley High School before studying finance at the University of Central Oklahoma. During his college years, while maintaining his Catholic identity, David stopped practicing his faith. It wasn’t until he was out of school and living with his lifelong friend and co-host, Adam Minihan, that he stumbled upon a Catholic radio station and little by little, began embracing his faith once again. It was listening to shows like Catholic Answers Live that began his relationship with apologetics and would eventually lead to him co-founding an apologetics group at his parish for those who had recently entered the Church. By the grace of God, David convinced a gorgeous young saint named Pamela O’ Brien to marry him and they now have four children. Follow The Catholic Man Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to The Catholic Man Show on YouTube, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Follow Adam and David on Twitter.
45 minutes | Nov 23, 2019
Ep. 18 - Bas Rutten
Bas Rutten was born in the Netherlands with severe asthma and severe eczema. He was bullied on a daily basis, so he learned how to fight. Bas started Mixed Martial Arts in Japan in 1993 and became the three-time undefeated World Champion. He immigrated to Los Angeles in May of 1997 and started competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1998 and became the first European UFC Champion. Bas was inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame in 2015 and had a live TV show about MMA for nine years called “Inside MMA” on AXS TV. He co-starred in the movie Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James, and has done lots of TV and movie work as an actor. In addition to being on the big screen, Bas has done work in video games, the biggest one being Grand Theft Auto 4. He trains the military, from the Marines to the Elite Special Forces, Navy SEALs, law enforcement, SWAT, Homeland Security Investigations and so on. Among many other feats, Bas owns an MMA and weights gym in Westlake Village, California. Follow Bas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Faith of a Fighter: An Interview with MMA Legend Bas Rutten
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