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August 5, 2020
Are you a cradle Catholic or a loud & proud convert? Today's guest, Claudine Noel, shares her story of falling in love with the Catholic faith and being baptized with zero family present. Her vulnerability and strength were so inspiring to me, and are part of what makes her a phenomenal life coach! Claudine is here to share with us how she embodies the feminine genius in her life coaching business, what the difference is between life coaching, therapy, and spiritual direction, and the importance of finding leaders who are *Catholic* and not going to try and convince you to meditate with your crystals or something. 😅 Speaking with Claudine was a delight and I hope our conversation resonates with you! This episode has been brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and a free 30-day trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. This episode has also been brought to you by the CLT exam. Check out cltexam.com to learn more about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
July 29, 2020
Jesus hung out with the poor. But you know who funds Catholic Relief Services, builds the churches, donates the food, influences the culture? The rich, friend. If you have greater than $4,000 in property or your bank account, congratulations—you’re in the top 50% of wealth owners in the world. Today’s guest is Elena Nunez Murdock, a passionate Latina and entrepreneur whose new company, Mission 2 Launch, helps Catholics transform their careers. Elena and I are talking all about wealth: is it bad? Can we have it? Can we strive for it? Can we be capitalists? I absolutely love Elena’s insight on the importance of being bold, chasing your dreams, and viewing money as a tool for either good or evil. I also really appreciate her passion for diversity and her focus on having a company that represents the universality of the church. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
July 22, 2020
During COVID, are you spending a lot more time online than usual? If so...who are you paying attention to? Your IRL friends? Popular Catholic speakers? Are they diverse in thought and culture? Are they intelligent? Are they funny? Do they speak to people with charity? Today's guest is Sam Povlock, an online-turned-real friend and the founder of FemCatholic. Sam was on the show before a million years ago but I'm thrilled to have her back to talk about her new online community, FIAT. We also discuss how listening has been bringing her closer to God lately and why she thinks women utilizing their own unique gifts is what will truly change the world. I also enjoyed chatting with her about the word feminist: why is it so inflammatory? Should it be? If you still have hesitations about calling yourself a feminist or if people you know to be perfectly pleasant turn into...less-than-charitable-children-of-God online, this is the perfect episode for you! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
July 15, 2020
We're told that we can't look away from problems of the world: we must be knee-deep in activism at all times, constantly aware...but is it okay to step back? To let things sink in before responding in a flash? Heck yes says today's podcast guest. Maribel Rodriguez Laguna is a therapist on the board of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. We chat about why burnout occurs, why so many "wounded healers" enter ministry and mission work, and why there's *still* so much stigma around mental health issues in Catholicism. Her insight on the history of the field of psychology is so interesting, and I love what she has to say about knowing when it's time to seek counseling. This episode is perfect for anyone who feels they may want to take the leap and try therapy, as well as anyone who feels a little "ehhh" about the field of psychology. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
July 8, 2020
Real healing is not a passive process. It’s active. It requires bravery. It requires leaning in. It requires vulnerability. These are things we know but fail to act on. We’d rather drown our sorrows in #hustling, in alcohol, in social media pseudo justice. Especially when the hurt came from the church or its members, how do we find true healing in Christ? Heather Khym is a wife, mom, podcaster, and speaker with a passion for helping women find true healing in their lives. Today on the show she talks about how her husband’s pornography addiction introduced her to the importance of spiritual healing, how people who have been hurt by the church can start to lean into healing, why healing takes bravery, and why she started her popular podcast Abiding Together. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
July 1, 2020
Let’s talk about sex, baby 🎶😂 Today on the show we welcome back Dr. Monique Ruberu, a Catholic wife, mother, and OBGYN. Monique is chatting with us all about how false chastity teachings can damage intimacy in marriage, what to do if intercourse is painful for you, and what it’s like being a doctor during COVID. Pour a glass of wine and settle into your couch, because this is some serious girl talk with a medical resource here to educate us! I have spent many an evening talking to a girlfriend about intimacy within her marriage (…and if any of their husbands are reading this…just be glad your wife has such close friends 🙃) and it was so informative to have a Catholic OBGYN to chat with about why so many women struggle with physical intimacy. We also talk about organic tampons and Game of Thrones—yes, you read that right. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
June 24, 2020
Can I be honest for a sec? Sometimes, when I hear about people leading entire marches or writing important policies or starting non-profits, I start to wonder if what I do is insignificant. I know that’s not a very feminist thought—how often on here do we talk about different women having different callings?! But that doesn’t mean the thought doesn’t bop through my head now and then. All I do is write children’s books and potty train toddlers and talk about Jesus, I think. How am I contributing to the world? So I had to ask today’s guest, folk singer Marie Miller, if she’s ever felt that way. I loved the way she broke down why beauty is so important even in extremely difficult times. We also talked about why she decided to ditch her large record label, what it’s like to change your tune literally and figuratively, and why “little dreams” are sometimes the most important things we can chase. Enjoy! (And then go download her new album because I can NOT stop listening to it!) Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
June 17, 2020
If you’re a feminist, you’re probably familiar with Betty Friedan’s “Problem That Has No Name.” This was the idea that “housewives” of the 50s and 60s and widespread unhappiness that stemmed from their oppression. While some of that is certainly factual—being a woman in the 60s had plenty of very real burdens, some of which Betty Friedan correctly identified—today’s guest, Sue Ellen Browder, believes that problem DOES have a name: a God-sized hole in our hearts. Sue Ellen is a former writer for Cosmopolitan who witnessed firsthand as the media created the sexual revolution and tried to push women towards a freedom that actually wasn’t free at all. She breaks down what the “false feminism” of the second wave feminist movement was, why she continues to identify as a feminist, and why we as modern women can’t opt-out when it comes to fighting against lies from the pages of magazines. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
June 10, 2020
The past couple of weeks have taught us more than ever that the media plays a fundamental role in our screwed-up society. Love 'em or hate 'em or somewhere-in-between-'em-because-they-are-varied-humans, reporters are still very much a gatekeeper in between the public and what's going on in the world. Sure, anyone can take a video on their phone and throw it up on Twitter, but journalists are the people who help us contextualize and verify truth.  Or at least...they should be. But some outlets have very much broken the American people's trust. I wanted to talk to an actual journalist about the ups and downs of trying to find the truth in a world that likes to play hard and loose with the facts.  In today's episode, journalist Kara Dixon breaks down where to look for news if you're concerned about bias, the hardest parts of being a journalist in a world where #fakenews is a hashtag, what it's been like to be reporting COVID-19.  Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
June 3, 2020
My name is Claire + I’m a control-aholic. It’s true! I love control like the Julia Child loved butter. And although parenting is basically one long exercise in letting go of control, the truth is, I do have some control over my little ones. I decide we’re going to Mass on Sundays, and we go. I decide we’re having broccoli for dinner, and we do (although whether or not they eat is a whole ‘nother issue.) I decide we don’t watch movies that don’t align with our values, and we don’t. But there will come a day when I lose even that small, semblance of control. On today’s show, writer Danielle Bean is talking about parenting older kids, and the grief that comes with letting older kids make their own decisions. We talk about the importance of realizing that our kids are their own people, and not letting your motherhood role become your entire identity. I love what Danielle has to say about the importance of letting yourself feel your feelings, as well her wisdom on raising teenagers. I hope this episode reminds all of the mamas out there that one day, our kids will grow up—and if they already have, that we are still mothers, even as we let that last inch of control slip from our fingers. Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative.   
May 27, 2020
After 150 episodes, it is a true joy to sit + chat with you all 1-on-1 today. I would say “I can’t believe we’re here!” but to be honest…I knew how phenomenal Catholic women were when I started this. I’m not surprised that you’re on fire for the topics we discuss on this show. I’m not shocked that you love tuning into our guests, whether they’re well-known speakers or just everyday women. I’m not stunned that when it’s time to turn on a podcast, you’re the type of woman who wants to hear about immigration, body image, and the real complexities of motherhood. In today’s episode, I’m answering YOUR questions. I gathered questions over email and Instagram and while I obviously couldn’t tackle all of them, I chose a few that seemed oft-repeated or that simply seemed intriguing to me. I’m talking about things like white privilege, raising my son as a feminist, and which elements of my own feminism have morphed and shifted over the past 3 and a half years. Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
May 20, 2020
If you’re a busy Catholic feminist, you probably feel like you’re juggling 19 balls in the air. Maybe you have kids, or a career, or both, or a graduate degree, or you’re trying to get in shape, or you’re volunteering in your neighborhood, or your leading an action council at your parish, or-or-or… Finding time to read? Impossible. Not so, says today’s podcast guest. Marcie Stockman is the founder of Well-Read Mom, a set of resources for busy women looking to fit more great books into their lives. As a life-long reader, I loved chatting with Marcie about why books are so essential in our lives, how she finds time to read, and how to decide what to read if you’re feeling like you can barely keep your head above water. Get your library card ready—you’re going to be pumped to add to your bookshelf after today’s chat! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
May 13, 2020
When someone states their skin color or culture--"I'm a Black Catholic." "I'm a Polish Catholic." "I'm a Hispanic Catholic." It can be tempting to want to wave it off. We're all *one family*, right? Why do these differences matter? But today's guest is here to talk to us about how our church is bigger than our culture, and therefore, all of our cultures must be allowed to be present. Shannon Schmidt is a mom, podcaster, and biracial Catholic with a passion for theology and our church. We discuss how her race plays into her faith and why she thinks it’s important for her to embrace her Black Catholic label. Shannon and I also chat about how to fight against using orthodoxy as a shield, the importance of de-centering any one particular culture to instead become a beautifully diverse family, and what’s been bringing her closer to God lately. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Plan a pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today's episode is also brought to you by the CLT exam. Bring classics into your standardized testing by visiting cltexam.com and learning about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
May 6, 2020
What's it like to go to a Catholic college and find yourself unexpectedly...expecting? Today's guest, Monica Aberle, knows all about it. Monica is joining us to talk about how we can find hope in unexpected seasons: when times of chaos or complexity threaten to rob us of our joy, how can we lean into God and trust him in all things? As the founder of Everyday Mamas, Monica knows what it's like to find the beauty in the everyday, even when the everyday isn't exactly lining up with your picture-perfect goals. I'm honored to share Monica's story and I know you'll get just as much out of it as I did! Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to see their trips in 2021 and beyond!   Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Classic Learning Test. Head to cltexam.com to learn about this classical alternative to the SAT and ACT.
April 29, 2020
Talk about turning your mess into your message. Today's guest, Victoria Ray, is a speaker, a podcaster, a student, and a Certified Addiction Empowerment Specialist. She's also in recovery and a big ole fan of Jesus. Victoria is here on the show today to talk about whether she believes her addiction was part of God's "plan" for her life, how she found truth in her faith during the darkest days of her life, and why she decided to devote her life to serving others with addictions. She also offers helpful tips for people whose friends and family members are currently caught in the clutches of addiction and talks about what she wishes more Catholics understood about the nature of recovery. Victoria is young, well-spoken, and faithful: busting every single "addict" stereotype you may have been carrying around. She serves as an amazing example for just what our good, good God is capable of. I hope you find meaning in our chat today! Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. To snag a free audio version of Boundaries by Henry Cloud (mentioned in this episode!), head to audibletrial.com/catholic. Today's episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Get one of their stunning 2020 Mass journals at everysacredsunday.com. 
April 22, 2020
OK, time to admit my stress + beef with the modern day education system. I went to public school. Did not have a great experience. Krzys went to public school. Did have a great experience. I don’t want to pay thousands for my kids to go to school in a community that looks exactly like them and be encased in a Catholic Bubble, nor do I want them to go to the school where I went, spending most of pre-calc hanging out in the parking lot and taking civics classes where there are actual test questions like “Why is there no right or wrong in today’s society?” Y’feel me? Sometimes I struggle with what I even believe education is for. That’s why I was so excited to learn about Jeremy Tate and the Classical Learning Test, an alternative to the SAT and ACT. Jeremy is on the show today to talk about the purpose of education, the main problem with our modern day school systems, and why he believes a classical education is essential. The conversation blew my mind and got me thinking about school and education in an entirely different light—I hope it does the same for you! Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audiobook, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.  Today's episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Snag one of their beautiful Mass journals at everysacredsunday.com.
April 15, 2020
We all know Mary gave the ultimate fiat. But what about ours? Our “yes” to a new grad school degree. Our “yes” to donating an extra $10 instead of buying that second wine at girls night. Our “yes” to a radical mission across the globe. Our “yes” to the mind-numbingly difficult task of child rearing. Our “yes” to homeschool or private school or public school. Every day, we are faced with an infinite amount of “yes” that we are called to say. In today’s episode, speaker Karianna Frey walks us through her own experience with finding her fiat and what we can do to find ours. We also talk about the conference she’s a part of, Karianna’s conversion to the Catholic faith, and what’s been bringing her closer to God lately. We also have an in-depth conversation on the importance of in-person events and why we miss them so much. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Want to snag a free audio book and a free 30-day trial? Head to audibletrial.com/catholic. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. To grab one of their beautiful 2020 Mass journals before they’re gone, get to everysacredsunday.com.  
April 8, 2020
Anger. Shame. Boundaries. These are the parts of care taking we *don’t* often talk about. But the truth is, these are all too common when imperfect people are trying to attempt perfect love. Today’s guest, Katie Pyles, has experience as a caretaker for an adult with special needs, and I'm so grateful she came on the show to share her story. Katie talks about how it isn't our weaknesses that harm relationships, it's the way we deny to acknowledge them or get support for them--that really resonated with me. We discuss what it was like to be a caretaker immediately upon getting married, what Katie wishes she had known before embarking on the journey of care taking, and what's been bringing her closer to God lately. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, head on over to audibletrial.com/catholic.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Snag one of their beautiful Mass journals at everysacredsunday.com. 
April 1, 2020
The death penalty is a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time, and I’m so pleased to be discussing it today with McKenna. McKenna is a grad student who comes to us with a passion for capital punishment and it’s place in the pro-life discourse. As Sr. Helen Prejean says, “people are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives.” McKenna and I discuss what inspired her to learn more about this area of criminal justice, what resources we should turn to if we’re interested in getting involved, and what the church’s official position on the death penalty is. When Jesus shows mercy in the gospels, he instructs us to do the same. Not once, but over and over. Is this an easy task? No. But Catholics were not made for ease, for comfort, for popular opinion. We were made for mercy and justice, and in following Christ’s lead, I believe we can be a truly pro-life people. Enjoy our conversation! Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audiobook and a free 30-day-trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. For one of their beautiful 2020 Mass journals, go to everysacredsunday.com.
March 27, 2020
Hear from Sr. Thea Bowman's best friend about what she was like, what she was passionate about, and why she deserves to be a canonized saint!
March 25, 2020
When you have money to give, should you give it to your literal neighbors, or the neighbors on the other side of the world? Today we're chatting with Catholic Relief Services' Beth Knobbe to discuss economic justice and what it means to care for the people around us. I was excited to hear about CRS' transitions in their economic justice programs and why they're shifting to a focus on empowering local communities. We talk about staying in your own lane, if you should focus more on policy or charitable giving, properly researching mission trips, and so much more. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
March 20, 2020
Learn all about St. Therese's mom, St. Zelie, and why Catholic feminists in particular should care about her!
March 18, 2020
When it’s time to put together a Catholic event, are you putting diversity on your list of goals? In today’s episode, speaker Marcia Lane-McGee and I are talking about how to embrace diversity in Catholic speaking circles without falling into the idea of a “diversity hire”. We also talk about her experience as a birth mother of a teenager, her podcast for black Catholics, and how her work at a home for teenage boys in Chicago has helped her see Jesus in all people. Enjoy!  Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
March 13, 2020
Layna Maher from the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine is here to help us learn about the life and legacy of this inspiring indigenous saint!
March 11, 2020
#ShoutYourAbortion. That’s what we’re told, right? That abortion is a powerful, important procedure. It empowers women. It gives them strength. It gives them autonomy.    Today’s guest says hell no.    Gracey is a wife, mother, and post-abortive woman. She’s here to share her incredibly vulnerable story of getting her abortion, how she sought and received forgiveness from the Lord, and what she thinks could have possibly prevented her abortion in the first place. Gracey says we need a change of HEART to change this issue, and I couldn’t agree more. I think the pro-life movement has much to learn from women who have been through the procedure—like how we can best help women in crisis pregnancy situations.   *Note: this episode mentions suicidal thoughts. If you’re experiencing these thoughts for any reason, please call 1-800-273-8255 immediately.     Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
March 6, 2020
Learn about the life and legacy of "almost-saint" Dorothy Day, a Catholic feminist we should all admire, to celebrate Women's History Month.
March 4, 2020
When we hear “the troops”, we probably all have things pop into our head. From Colin Kapernick to WMD to Dorothy Day’s pacifism, how Catholics interact with “the troops” can be fraught with confusion. Today’s guest, Brianna Hughes, is a member of our armed forces and it was so interesting to hear why she hates when people refer to “the troops” as one giant monolith. We talk about what it’s like to face sexism in the workplace, who “the troops” support politically, how trust in God plays into her ability to serve in the military, and what’s been bringing her closer to God lately. I especially loved her passion surrounding the topic of whether or not some positions in the military should be men-only, and I think you will too. Enjoy!   Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Head to everysacredsunday.com to snag one of their beautiful Mass journals today.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International Tours. Going on pilgrimage this year? Travel with Select at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.
February 26, 2020
When we’re engaging in pro-life discourse, we often hail adoption as a beautiful, healthy choice—which it is. But it’s easy to forget that adoption at its core *begins* with a loss, with grief, and with suffering. Today’s podcast guest, Martha Farnsworth, is both an adoptee and a birth mom. We talk about both of those experiences and why we should never use the phrase “just” when speaking of adoption (ie., “Just pursue adoption!!!”) My heart broke when she talked about the church’s response to her pregnancy as a teenager and what she wishes they would have done differently. Martha’s wisdom and vulnerability were incredibly inspiring to me and I hope our chat resonates with you!    Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
February 19, 2020
Parenting is hard, no matter who you’re parenting. But parenting a child with special needs is a task that some people hold up as the most heroic act of them all. Not so, says today’s guest—and she explains why. Vania Deeney is a mom, engineer, and Catholic Latina whose daughter was diagnosed with a genetic condition in her third trimester. Vania and I chat about what it was like to receive her daughter’s diagnosis, her advice for mothers of able-bodied kids to make our church more inclusive, and her devotion Our Lady of Guadalupe. We also talk about her work as an engineer and being a woman in a male-dominated field. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Head to EverySacredSunday.com today to snag one of their beautiful 2020 Mass journals.  Today's episode is also brought to you by Select International Tours. Selectinternationaltours.com/feminist is the place to go if you want to go on a life changing pilgrimage in 2020!
February 12, 2020
Pornography has been a “men’s issue” for as long as I’ve been involved in ministry. Anti-porn talks are for the men. The accountability apps are aimed at men. The speakers willing to Go There are men. I am so, SO thankful for women like author Kelsey Skoch. Kelsey is boldly sharing her story of overcoming a pornography addiction in order to help other women find a way out. In today’s show, we talk about WHY pornography is immoral, if there’s any room for porn in a healthy sexual being’s life, and what she recommends for women currently struggling with this topic. But my favorite part of the conversation is when Kelsey helped me reframe the very idea of “purity”. That it’s NOT being a high school girl wearing a Jesus Is My Homeboy bracelet being told she’s a piece of tape that loses its stickiness after too many uses. It truly changed some of my views about the word and I hope it makes you think as well. Enjoy! (Just a note on little ones—this is one of our sensitive topics you probably want headphones for; we drop some words. Also, speaking of little ones, my three year old was losing his MIND that Dad had to play Candy Land instead of Mom so…you hear him for just a minute, ha! Thanks for understanding that #workingmom life!) Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
February 5, 2020
Our first guest of season 4? My own sister! Ellie Courchane is a nurse, a fiancee, and a frequent attender of mission trips to developing nations. Ellie and I are chatting about what makes a GOOD mission trip, why so many mission trips are actually harmful, and why we sometimes use humor to view things through a different lens. I love Ellie’s perspective on why mission trips can truly be a good thing when done well and why your impact matters just as much as your intent. We also talk about if it’s better to try and do something even though it may potentially be harmful, or if it’s better to do nothing at all. If you’re considering going on a mission trip this year, make sure to listen in! BTW: want to win an audio copy of Girl, Arise for World Read Aloud Day AND be gifted a cute new phone background by Catholic artist Emily Runyan?! All you have to do is request that your library carry What Happens Next, my new middle grade novel coming May 19. Shoot proof of your request to hello@thecatholicfeministpodcast.com and I’ll send you the background + make sure you’re entered to win. Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com.
November 27, 2019
Things I learned during this episode: most people do kegals wrong, having issues with peeing yourself at ALL is not considered normal postpartum, and what a pelvic floor even is. Dr. Chelsea Harkins is a physical therapist here to walk us through what our body is supposed to do after childbirth, how she helps women who have never properly healed, and how Theology of the Body plays into her work. Listen, y’all: even if you’ve never birthed a child, this episode IS for you. Because women straight up are not taught enough about their body parts or how they work. (PS: we say hymen and anus and all kinds of words in this episode. They’re just body parts but if you have a 2-year-old who repeats everything loudly + in public maaaaaybe put some headphones in!) It’s our season 3 finale, y’all, and I’m so glad Chelsea was able to join us. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Learn more about the phenomenal trips they have planned for 2020 at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. This beautiful Mass journals make the perfect gift for the Catholic woman in your life. Head to everysacredsunday.com. 
November 20, 2019
There are only 2️⃣ episodes left in season 3 of the Catholic Feminist Podcast! 🙌🏻 Today’s guest, Gail DeGeorge, is the perfect penultimate* show for y’all. Gail is the editor of the Global Sisters Report, a project that features stories about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. The GSR journalists report about their lives and works, and sisters write commentary from their perspective. Gail is here to talk to us about the importance of supporting our sisters around the world, what sisters’ stories she’s been most inspired by lately, and how to balance a love of serving globally with the importance of serving locally. I loved chatting with her and I pray our conversation resonates with the part of you that’s motivated to get out there + live a life of sacrifice, service, + sisterhood.    Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Snag one of their beautiful Mass journals by heading to everysacredsunday.com.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International Tours. Going on pilgrimage in 2020? Trust Select to help plan your trip and do all the heavy lifting. Learn more at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.    *Does anyone else only know what “penultimate” means because of the Series of Unfortunate Events? …Bueller? 😂
November 15, 2019
Honestly, just a fun mini episode on the books I'm reading, my prayer routine, and how I'm trying to impart the feeling of "joyful anticipation" onto my kids! 
November 13, 2019
Every single one of us has a story. A story of learning and relearning God, a story of breaking down barriers and building up good, healthy walls, a story of walking along a path to what we believe. Sharing these stories to help spread the faith is what Julianne Miles does on her podcast, Mystery Through Manners, and on her NEW daily podcast, Ruah Storytellers, which will air during Advent. Jules and I are chatting today about the importance of stories, the impact the stories of others have had in our own lives, aaaaand we also nerd out on what podcasts we’ve been listening to lately because get two podcasters in a virtual room and you KNOW that’s going to come up. This season, let’s look past the statistics and see the stories of the people behind them to help identify the true dignity God has given each and every one of us. Amen?   Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to snag one of their stunning Mass journals today.   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.
November 6, 2019
You’ve heard that you’re supposed to “discern your vocation”…but what does that ACTUALLY look like? That’s what Sr. Peter Marie of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia is here to speak with us about! We’re talking all about the vocations process over here for National Vocation Awareness Week, including what a come-and-see looks like, why it’s NOT a bad thing to enter religious life + leave it before making final vows, and the importance of getting HELP + direction with your discernment process. Even if you’re already in your vocation or not currently discerning, I think this episode is perfect for anyone who struggles with decision making and needs some encouragement in that area. Also, y’all, can I just say I love talking to religious sisters? Because I do. We need more of them for season 4, Amen? Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to snag early bird pricing today. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.
October 30, 2019
When we’re asking women to leave behind lives of sex work, it’s vital to focus on HOW they got to where they are and WHAT they need in order to leave that path behind. Today’s guest, CarrieLynn Mascaro from Catholic Charities, is here to help us understand ways the Church is helping women stop selling their bodies. What I love about CarrieLynn’s approach is the way she focuses on the systematic problems—like affordable housing—that leave women feeling like they have no other option. We also discussed whether she’d ever back a legal avenue for prostitution, what she personally has learned from the women she’s encountered, and how her mom’s recent death has been bringing her closer to God. This episode is a powerful one and I hope it resonates with you and empowers you to fight for women in your own community and globally.  Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to snag early bird pricing today.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.
October 24, 2019
I am over the moon to announce that the Catholic Feminist Pilgrimage to France is taking place in October 2020—and I want you to join us. Come walk in the footsteps of our sister saints, sip wine with other Catholic feminists, celebrate the sacraments at gorgeous cathedrals, and make 100 new besties. More information at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.om/pilgrimage. 
October 23, 2019
When do we “shake the dust”, when do we engage, and when do we shut up + listen? Today’s guest, Alissa Molina, has some insight for us. Alissa co-hosts a spiritual podcast with some wonderful Protestant sisters and I had to ask how that challenged her or pushed her out of her comfort zone. I loved her insight on why it’s important to not ONLY engage with Catholics, how she tries to advance the Gospel message, and why mean Christians make us angrier than mean atheists. We also talk about how being a Latina Catholic has impacted her feminism. Enjoy! (Also, when she says “Not today and not tomorrow either”…I died. Can we all start using that? Go away, Satan. You suck.) Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to be the FIRST to know when their 2020 journals are available. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.
October 16, 2019
When today’s guest, Justina Kopp, suffered a miscarriage, she was completely devastated. She didn’t know if she’d ever be able to have kids again. So imagine her surprise when she found out she was pregnant with not 1…not 2…NOT 3…but 4 babies.    Y’all. Four babies. Let that sink in.    Justina is on the show today to talk about the ups + downs of raising multiples, why she loves postpartum doulas, pregnancy after miscarriage, and what it was like to have a doctor encourage her to “reduce” her pregnancy. I am in awe of Justina’s warrior mothering skills and compassionate heart. I know you will be too! (And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her babies, who today turn 3. Praise God for their health and joy!)    Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to be the FIRST to know when their 2020 journals are available.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.  
October 9, 2019
Sometimes I think one of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is that our culture so strongly feels that certain things are “the answer” that we believe are harmful. Be it divorce, pornography, contraception…so many things in our society that are presented as a great good can actually be so damaging to the human soul. If we truly care about people, we view it as our duty to share that information to help them grow closer to the Creator and live a life that is truly joyful + fulfilling. But thats…awkward. And terrifying.    Today’s guest, Dr. Monique Ruberu, is a pro-life OBGYN. Talk about someone who often has to have difficult conversations! Dr. Ruberu is here today to tell us her story of becoming an anti-contraceptive doctor, what made her change her mind, and why she believes so many medical schools ignore NaProTechnology. We’re also chatting about In Vitro Fertilization and Snowflake Adoption—what they are, what the Church thinks about them, and how to wrap our minds around these hard medical decisions.    Today’s episode is brought to you by Every Sacred Sunday. Jump on their email list today at everysacredsunday.com to be the FIRST to know when their 2020 journals are available.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Select International. If one of your 2020 goals is to go on a pilgrimage, the time to sign up is now! Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more.
October 2, 2019
When wife, mom, + producer Jeannie Gaffigan learned she had a pear-shaped brain tumor…it was inconvenient, to say the least. She had to learn how to give up a white-knuckled grip on control, find humor in heartache, and stop being the “executive producer” of her family. I loved her story about an atheist neurologist’s response to her faith life and how she feels God was with her through this insane medical journey. As a long-time fan of Jeannie’s wife Jim, I knew she’d be hilarious, even when talking about a brain tumor…and somehow, she was. Enjoy!   Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about trips that can bring you closer to Jesus and give your own faith life a jolt.
September 25, 2019
Justice is a complicated thing. It seems so black and white—bad guys vs. good guys, right? If only the world was so easy to divide in that way.    Today’s guest, Kathy Stilling, is a defense attorney (that attends my parish IRL!) Kathy is well-known for recently defending a Big 10 football player accused of sexual assault. Today on the show, we’re talking about what happens when justice, truth, and #BelieveAllWomen collide—and explode. Kathy walks us through how she joined the Catholic church, how her faith powers her through her difficult career, and some reforms she’d like to see the criminal justice system make. This episode is powerful, complex, and may help you see people accused of crimes in a different light. (Also, for MAKING A MURDERER fans…Kathy is Jerry Buting’s wife!)    Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. For pilgrimages that will change your life, bring you closer to God, and help you understand your purpose, check out selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.
September 18, 2019
CRAPPY ADVICE: To be a good disciple, you need to sell everything in your house, grab a knapsack, and become a missionary somewhere.  GREAT ADVICE: Discipleship does not have to be a formal ministry program, involve selling your iPhone, and happens when people are UNAFRAID. Today’s guest, Katie Prejean McGrady, is a Catholic speaker who’s one of our most requested guests. She’s the author of multiple books, a wife + mama, and has some #THOUGHTS on how to be a disciple as a modern-day feminist. We know we should “follow Jesus” but it’s not like we can pull up our GPS, or even 10 Steps to Living a Life for Christ. It seems so simple: Blessed are the meak! Care for the least of these! Raise up other disciples! But when you add a splash of real-life, it suddenly looks much more complex. But living the life of a disciple is the greatest adventure you’ll ever go on. Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Travel. Take the adventure of a lifetime and rework your heart towards discipleship by hitting up selectinternationaltravel.com/feminist.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.   
September 11, 2019
How should Catholics approach problems on a global scale? Here’s the thing—we can do more harm than good if we go into issues without a firm educational foundation. We can also do more harm than good if we leave our faith in the dust as we charge forward with a well-intentioned heart. Catholic social teaching is a set of tenants that informs how we should make global decisions and how we should love our neighbors, both next door and on the other side of the world.    Beth King-Howard, today’s guest, takes a group of young women to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women every year. So she knows that complex problems often need complex solutions. We dive into all kinds of topics, from whether capitalism is Christian to what topics she thinks Catholics should talk about more to the importance of having the heart of a learner. I pretty much think she should be the communal southern Catholic Feminist mama. 😂 www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/bethkh   Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Hit up selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about upcoming trips or organizing one of your own.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a FREE audio book (we’re biiiig Mike Mulligan fans these days), go to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
September 4, 2019
It’s back-to-school time! Well, not for us, since I have two toddlers. But so many of you are headed back to school, whether as students or teachers. I’m so excited to be bringing you an insightful conversation with Emily LaPorte, a Catholic school teacher.    But this isn’t a lighthearted conversation about the ABC’s. Emily + I are talking about both the joys and difficulties of being a teacher of small children. We also discuss things like whether or not kids in Catholic schools live in bubbles, why Catholic schools so often struggle with diversity, and what the pros and cons of school vouchers are. We also want to remind you that your education decisions are YOURS — nobody knows your child and his or her needs like YOU do.    Also, quick shout out to any college freshmen. That was a really difficult time in my life + I’m praying for you. If you’re feeling kind of lost, seek out your Newman center or see if there’s a @focuscatholic team on your campus! ❤️   Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. See the world + grow closer to God by heading to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist. #travelwithselect 
August 28, 2019
Do you ever feel like your relationship with Jesus is…polite? Yes, thank you, I’m sorry, and that’s about it? Today’s guest, Kathryn Whitaker, talks about how part of her conversion to the Catholic faith involved deconstructing her boundaries with Jesus, and how one of the results of a deeper faith is implementing boundaries with others. Kathryn walks us through how to only say yes when it’s a “hell yes” and how to STOP feeling guilty about that “no”. We also talk about her new book, Live Big Love Bigger, and how a BBQ pilgrimage helped her family grow closer together. (If you’re wondering what the hell a BBQ pilgrimage is…come closer, my sweet non-Texan listeners. Let me tell you about a faraway land down south.) I absolutely loved hearing Kathryn’s wisdom and think this episode is perfect for anyone struggling with a full plate, a fatigued heart, and a lack of white space. Enjoy!  Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and free 30-day trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. Today's episode is also brought to you by Select International Tours. If you've wanted to go on a Catholic pilgrimage but all the planning makes you cringe, get it done for you by joining a trip at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.
August 21, 2019
Is there an issue that just sets your heart on fire, but you have no idea how to get started on making an impact about it? Today we're talking to Lauren Roach, a Milwaukee activist (and the Community Manager for the CFP!) Lauren is tirelessly fighting to get pornography declared a public health crisis in Wisconsin, and she's here to chat with us about how she put a passion into ACTION, as well as some pornography statistics you may be unfamiliar with (like the link between human trafficking and porn). Lauren also talks about finding community as a young Catholic and what question has been bringing her closer to God lately. I know you'll be just as fired up as I was after listening to our conversation! Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and free 30-day trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. Today's episode is also brought to you by Select International Tours. If you've wanted to go on a Catholic pilgrimage but all the planning makes you cringe, get it done for you by joining a trip at selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.
August 14, 2019
Q & A DAY! ✨👋🏻 I’m off exploring Poland with my family, so please enjoy this question + answer session. I solicited questions from Instagram and we wound up talking about everything from healthy boundaries to teaching kids about the faith to morning routines to dealing with discouragement. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. Head to selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing Catholic pilgrimages Select has to offer. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a FREE audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.
August 12, 2019
I'm launching a new podcast! Don't worry, CFP isn't going anywhere. ;) This is a podcast about another topic near + dear to my heart--children's books and how they're made. In this minisode, I'm sharing the trailer + also explaining why I wanted to share this show with all of you, the sweet listeners of the Catholic Feminist Podcast. Basically, God? He answered some serious promises. + I want to take you all with me on this journey. If you're having a hard time finding it, search for "Claire Swinarski" or "makingamiddlegrade" in podcasts. You can also listen at claireswinarski.com/podcast. 
August 7, 2019
What do sleep + self-care have to do with our faith life? As it turns out…a lot. Today on the show we have Carleara Weiss, PHD, breaking down how feminists can get more sleep, why women may have a harder time sleeping than men (#hormones), and why sleep affects our spirituality. Carleara + I also discuss how to get more women involved in STEM and the importance of 👏🏻mentoring👏🏻 women in your field. I love Carleara’s viewpoint on her faith being strengthened by science and how we as humans are able to help each other by learning more about the world around us. Enjoy!    Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International. Travel around the world with experienced tour guides by hitting up selectinternationaltours.com/feminist.
July 31, 2019
When Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, He meant it. That’s a principle that today’s guest, Andrea Mendoza, is truly living out. She volunteers with immigrants within our country and helps provide them with basic necessities that enable them to live out their dignity. Andrea is also sharing her own parents’ story of living in our country undocumented for years.  Andrea will truly inspire you, but what I love most about her is the way she has turned her passion and empathy into real, concrete action. She’s out there on the frontlines, not in a glamorous spokesperson-CSPAN-Good Morning America type way, but really getting her hands dirty and doing the work. As many people enter the US for a wide variety of reasons, we often focus on the (very important!) policies that affect them instead of focusing on the literal human person who has basic needs. Enjoy our conversation!  Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free 30-day trial and free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She liturgical planner. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner today to snag your copy.
July 24, 2019
“I work full-time in the pro-life movement, and even I’ve been getting whiplash.” That’s what today’s guest, Morgan Korth from WeDignify, told me. I couldn’t agree more. Every day, a new state is in the news for its newly passed abortion law. Today, Morgan is helping us break down the current state of abortion law in the US. We also talk about whether or not overturning Roe is really ENOUGH. I love Morgan’s wisdom on engaging civically vs. disconnecting to contemplate + her passion for TRULY ending abortion, not just creating pro-life laws.    My heart aches for the women facing a pregnancy that feels insurmountable during this season of life. I want nothing more than to make our world a place where mothers—mothers who raise their kids themselves, or mothers who birth them before working together with adoptive parents to give that child the best possible circumstances—can flourish.   Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Steubenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs one of these stunning planners designed by former guest Erica Tighe. Live more liturgically this year by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.    
July 17, 2019
Let’s talk about hormonal birth control. The fact that most Catholic women are on it, and the fact that few of us know what it even does.  Today’s podcast guest, Sarah Tramonte, is a registered nurse + an NFP instructor. Sarah walks us through what the heck birth control even does, why it’s SO frequently prescribed, if there’s ever an occasion where it might be the right choice for a non sexually-active person (her answer may surprise you!) and whether or not it’s really an abortifacient. 🤯 Sarah and I also talk WHY so many Catholic women have turned to hormonal birth control. There’s a severe lack of education in both our schools and pre-cana classes to teach women how fertility works and what a period should even look like. This lack of emphasis on such an important part of women’s health is, IMHO, a glaring spot of sexism within our healthcare industry. Sarah + I talk about why she loves Marquette and who that method is right for, as well as what to do if you just consistently feel like NFP DOESN’T WORK for you. 😥 Above all, I hope this episode encourages you to take time to learn about your fertility. Whether you’re single, have seven kids, or somewhere in between, understanding your cycle and this aspect of your womanhood is vital (literally, Sarah says your fertility should be considered a vital sign like your blood pressure or temperature). Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Stuebenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs one of these stunning planners designed by former guest Erica Tighe. Live more liturgically this year by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.  
July 10, 2019
How do you keep living a life of faith after an impossible-to-imagine tragedy occurs? ✨ Today’s guest, speaker and writer Leticia Ochoa Adams, is no stranger to grief. After her son committed suicide a couple of years ago, she decided to live the rest of her life sharing his story + walking through her journey of sorrow publicly. We talk about how to remain in relationship with Christ after horrible things happen and why “getting over” grief just isn’t a thing. We also dive into what we call Catholic Celebrity Culture—why Leticia’s passionate about exposing the media to different kinds of Catholic women, and why Catholic womanhood isn’t one-size-fits-all. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Stuebenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more. Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs one of these stunning planners designed by former guest Erica Tighe. Live more liturgically this year by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.
July 3, 2019
You know when you hear God’s voice whisper to you, and you’re like…no. Wrong girl. Thanks, but no thanks. Today’s guest sure does. When Sr. Marcia Hall was trying to figure out what direction to take her life, the thought of joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence was the last thing on her mind. But she eventually gave God her own fiat and joined the Oblate Sisters, which was the first religious order created for Black women. The order was founded in 1828 by 2 women who heard a call to religious life but were rejected by other religious orders due to our American Church’s shamefully racist past. Now, Sr. Marcia is on the show to walk us through dealing with compassion burnout, having holy boundaries, and discerning our vocations. I loved learning more about the Oblate sisters, how a religious sister can practice self-care, and Sr. Marcia’s tips for listening to your OWN call. Enjoy! Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Stuebenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more. Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs one of these stunning planners designed by former guest Erica Tighe. Live more liturgically this year by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.
June 26, 2019
If someone called you saying that their house was robbed, what’s the first thing you would say? Probably you should have locked your doors, right? Or maybe, Are you sure? Maybe you didn’t understand what the robber was doing . Possibly That can’t be true. I know your neighborhood. Only nice people who would never steal live there. Proooooobs not. I’m guessing it would be something more like, I’m so sorry that happened to you. Today’s guest, Adele Smith, is a survivor of sexual violence. After her assault took place, her name was smeared (to say the least—there are literal blogs devoted to accusing her of lying) and she didn’t believe her college did enough to protect her from her rapist. That’s why she founded Dinah’s Voice, an organization dedicated to ending rape culture on Christian college campuses. Adele is here to talk with us about what rape culture is, why we shouldn’t be surprised that sexual violence takes place on Catholic campuses, and how we can embrace Christian values without letting them be twisted into victim-shaming. I was honored to speak with Adele and I hope her story inspires you. When we approach situations with a sense of love and a desire for truth, I believe we will find it. This isn’t about #BelievingAllWomen or #MeToo’ing our way into a protest. It’s about using our anger as fuel for justice and seeking the truth, every single time. Today’s episode is brought to you in part by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs this stunning planner in her life. Snag yours today at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. How do I get dressed in the morning with two little kids? Y’all, Peter Rabbit on Audible. Grab a free audio book today by heading to www.audibletrial.com/catholic.
June 19, 2019
“And we will love naturally, we will try to do something. First in our own home, next door neighbor in the country we live, in the whole world.” - Mother Teresa. I love Mama T so much I named a baby after her, and this quote is one of the reasons why. It’s a commonly-told anecdote that when people asked her how they could change the world like she was doing, she told them to go home and love their families. The family is truly the bedrock of our Christian faith, and although volunteering and donating and going to the margins are all essential, I truly believe that loving your family is the number one most effective way to have an impact for the Gospel.    Today’s podcast guest, Brianna Johnston Hanks, is an attorney who works with families affected by foster care. When we think of foster care, we may have a picture in our head: selfless individuals who accept poor, needy kids into their homes and then go all Daddy-Warbucks on ‘em.  But the truth is, foster care is a complex, nuanced issues with lots of hope + lots of heartbreak. Brianna is walking us through what foster care is for, how to discern if you’re ready to foster, and why foster care is an issue that needs to be discussed more among Catholics. It was truly an eye-opening conversation for me—to learn about how foster care is focused on the reunification of families and is meant to help families stay together reminded me so much of some of the core tenants of our faith. The same way we care about kids on our border, let’s care about kids in our own communities who are experiencing the heartbreak of family separation and the people who have stepped up to stand in the gap with them. Enjoy our chat!  Today’s episode is brought to you in part by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs this stunning planner in her life. Snag yours today at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. How do I get dressed in the morning with two little kids? Y’all, Peter Rabbit on Audible. Grab a free audio book today by heading to www.audibletrial.com/catholic.  
June 12, 2019
How come we never hear priests talking about race from the pulpit?    I mean, maybe YOU do. But I’m pretty sure I literally never have. And that’s not ok. It’s a social issue plaguing our society, the same as other topics I hear about frequently, like abortion, poverty, and murder (the gang activity in Milwaukee, y’all. Fix it Jesus.) I have my theories. So does today’s guest, Danielle Brown. Danielle is the associate director of the USCCB’s Committee Against Racism. She’s breaking down WHAT exactly racism is, why we have such a hard time talking about it, and the importance of “having a life that reflects the diversity that the Lord created on Earth.” Danielle talks about growing up in a monochromatic Church and how her faith changed when she connected with other Black Catholics. She also shares what white Catholics can do to serve as effective allies. It was a phenomenal conversation and I know you’ll enjoy listening just as much as I enjoyed having it! BTW, the audio in this episode is a little lower than our usual production quality—my apologies. We had a few tech issues and as you’ll hear me explain in the episode…A MOUSE JUMPED OUT AT ME HALFWAY THROUGH RECORDING. So during the episode when you hear my typing, I am FRANTICALLY texting my husband to come home over lunch and set up mouse traps. 😂 (I did edit out when I shrieked OH MY GOD, though. Apologies to the Lord for taking his name in vein. But some of his creatures are nasty.)  Today’s episode is brought to you in part by the Blessed Is She academic planner. Every modern Catholic woman needs this stunning planner in her life. Snag yours today at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. How do I get dressed in the morning with two little kids? Y’all, Peter Rabbit on Audible. Grab a free audio book today by heading to www.audibletrial.com/catholic.   
June 5, 2019
When I started the Catholic Feminist, one of my guiding principles was to get as close to those affected by issues as possible. Talking about eating disorders? Speak to someone who’s had one. Talking about racism? Speak to someone who’s experienced it. Talking about clergy sexual abuse? Have a victim share their story. Today’s guest, Krista Keil, is a Catholic speaker who’s bravely sharing her story of adult sexual abuse with us today. Krista and I talk about her story, how she was able to remain Catholic after being abused by someone in a position of power, what she finds unhelpful when it comes to discussions of abuse, and how she responds to people who have left the faith due to the predator priest crisis. It was an honor to hear Krista’s story today. This topic is discussed with grace but it may not be appropriate for little ears. If you’ve experienced abuse and need help and guidance, please call the national sexual abuse hotline at 1-800-656-4673. Today’s episode is brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. This planner contains everything from feast days to to-do lists to places for prayer requests. It’s stunning, made by Catholic makers, and perfect for the modern Catholic woman. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner to snag one today. Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. Audio books have made my life as a busy mom SO much easier, and I know they’ll do the same for you. Snag a free audio book of your choice and a free 30-day trial by visiting audibletrial.com/catholic.
May 29, 2019
If only Catholic priests would get married, sexual abuse wouldn’t be a problem.    Everyone else abuses kids, too. It’s not just Catholics.    After the Dallas Charter, there’s practically NO sexual abuse by Catholic priests.    If the above statements make you 🙄🤢😬😡, today’s episode is for you. Maggi Van Dorn is the host of Deliver Us, a podcast that covers the history of the Church sexual abuse scandals and how we got to where we are today. Maggi and I talk all about whether or not the Church is STILL covering up predator priests, where we go from here, and whether or not true healing is possible. This topic is discussed with grace but may not be appropriate for little ears—grab your headphones.    Today’s episode is brought to you by the Blessed Is She academic planner. This planner contains everything from feast days to to-do lists to places for prayer requests. It’s stunning, made by Catholic makers, and perfect for the modern Catholic woman. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/planner to snag one today.   Want to sail down the Danube River with Fr. Leo from Plated By Grace? See Salzburg, Prague, and MORE on this amazing trip with Select International Tours. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour to learn more. 
May 22, 2019
I’m married to an immigrant.  Now, he didn’t claim asylum at the border to escape gang activity. His dad won something called a lottery (I always tell people he won it like in Titanic when Jack wins tickets…but that’s not exactly accurate) and his family picked the US over New Zealand. They were escaping something serious, but less immediately deadly: a horrendous economy brought about by years of communism and no opportunities for upward motility in careers.  Immigration is something everyone has an opinion on. I know the Hot Topic of the Moment is abortion, but it’s interesting to me how many pro life people also care passionately about immigration. As they should. The crisis on the border is truly a pro life issue in that it deals with the dignity of human life. As a fifth minor dies in US custody this week, it’s important to be talking about what life on the border is like and how we can implement effective solutions to make sure our world is a place for all people to thrive.  Today’s guest is Kelly Griffith, a teacher who formerly worked in a border town. Kelly is sharing her story about what life is REALLY like on the border—beyond the headlines and the pundits and the politicians. She’s breaking down what may surprise you, what it was like when the family separation policy began to be implemented, and how the power of hearing each other’s stories can radically transform our hearts. Enjoy.  Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Join Fr. Leo on a cruise down the Danube River this fall by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour and check out selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing trips they have to offer.  
May 21, 2019
We're talking about abortion. Buckle up. Tune in to hear my thoughts on why we're talking about abortion all wrong as a society + often a Church.
May 15, 2019
It’s what we’re told to do without ceasing. It’s my first recommendation for any struggle. It’s at times the only thing we know to do. But…why does cultivating a prayer life feel so freaking hard sometimes? Because to be honest, the Rosary can feel SO dry. I want to snuggle up with my Bible and a candle and coffee but, um, my kids wake up at 6:30 and if I don’t workout beforehand I feel like a lunatic all day. I love the idea of having this really steady prayer routine but I just struggle to really crank it out. When I was a FOCUS missionary, I did a daily holy hour, but these days, I’m lucky to get in 15 solid minutes of chitchat time with Jesus. That’s partly why I dubbed 2019 my year of prayer: I want to positively drench my life, family, vocation, and days in prayer. But…aren’t I supposed to WANT to pray? How come half the time I get ready to pray I just feel totally blah? Today’s guest, speaker and author Chika Anyanwu, chats with me about all things prayer. We talk about what our prayer lives look like, how to get over that “have to” syndrome, and why people hate the phrase #ThoughtsAndPrayers. It’s truly one of my favorite conversations I’ve had on the show and I hope it resonates with you today. Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Join Fr. Leo on a cruise down the Danube River this fall by heading to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour and check out selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing trips they have to offer.
May 8, 2019
Who gets a miracle? It seems like a weird question. But miracles happen—and one happened to today’s guest. When hearing the story of her son’s birth, trauma, and miraculous recovery, though, one question that stopped me in my tracks and weighed on my heart was why Bonnie? Not that she’s not awesome—because she is—but because so many praying parents lose children every day. Bonnie + I unpack this a bit after she tells her story, explains how saints utilize miracles to become canonized, and why Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause is paused. We also dive into her live as a Catholic blogger and why blogging has transformed from what it used to be. Bonnie’s story is heartfelt and vulnerable, and I hope listening to it opens a dialogue between you and your Creator. Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Ever wanted to sail the Danube River with Father Leo Patalinghug and have the cultural and spiritual experience of a life time? This November, Select International wants to take you on an all-inclusive pilgrimage with Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and more. Check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour to book your spot today, and www.selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing trips Select International has to offer and get $100 off any tour package. Give your spiritual life a jolt by traveling abroad without having to stress about planning your perfect pilgrimage. Select International has you covered.
May 1, 2019
You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you haven’t been to Confession in 6 months, or when your friend casually  mentions she hit up daily Mass with her three kids, or when you struggle to fit five minutes of prayer into your day? That I-suck-I’m-lukewarm-God-thinks-I’m-lazy feeling? That’s spiritual perfectionism, and it’s not of the Spirit. Today’s guest, Colleen Carroll Campbell, is something of an expert on this topic. A mom, former presidential speechwriter, and Catholic speaker, Colleen’s new book The Heart of Perfection reminds us why we should trade in our view of “perfect” for God’s. We chat about which saints inspired her, the importance of cultivating joy in our lives, and how to check ourselves and make sure we aren’t being Pharisees. Colleen is truly one of my favorite authors so it was an honor to have her on the show! Enjoy.    Today’s episode is brought to you by Select International Tours. Ever wanted to sail the Danube River with Father Leo Patalinghug and have the cultural and spiritual experience of a life time? This November, Select International wants to take you on an all-inclusive pilgrimage with Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and more. Check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/tour to book your spot today, and www.selectinternationaltours.com/feminist to learn more about the amazing trips Select International has to offer. Give your spiritual life a jolt by traveling abroad without having to stress about planning your perfect pilgrimage. Select International has you covered. 
April 24, 2019
We often talk about postpartum care in terms of nursing or sleep deprivation…but what about the spiritual and emotional side of things? Today’s chat is with Rebecca Christian of Fiat Doula Services. Rebecca is walking us through why she decided to transition from screenwriting to doula services, why she focuses her practice on postpartum care, and what moms who are struggling in the postpartum stage of life can do to begin to feel like themselves again. We also talk about how silence has been bringing her closer to God (I feel like so many of our guests say this!) and Rebecca generously provided our listeners with a list of Catholic birth affirmations! Make sure to head to our show notes to get your hands on those and send them to a friend who will be giving birth soon. Enjoy!   Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Snag a free audio book and a free 30-day trial by heading to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
April 17, 2019
When you’re doing intensely emotional work, burnout is common. My dear friend Megan is on the show today to discuss her experience working in social services with young people on the autism spectrum and what a period of unemployment after burnout taught her God and His faithfulness. We also talk about how Megan has been able to find Catholic community as a single young adult. You’ll love her thoughts on disability advocacy, her passion for honoring the gifts of our brothers and sisters with disabilities, and how she made changes in her life to avoid yet again reaching that state of emotional, spiritual, and physical burnout. It’s a great chat and I hope you enjoy it!
April 10, 2019
EPISODE 100! In today’s show, I’m sharing five things I’ve learned over the past 100 episodes and what you can expect from the Catholic Feminist moving forward. It’s been such a joy to be with you these past 2 years (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere right now!) and I am so grateful for you. YOU. I’m praying for the listeners of the show extra hard. 
April 3, 2019
“Fragility makes us strong. You can't be sensitive to other people's needs or aware of what's going on without you unless you have a certain amount of fragility. You have to be able to be moved by the people around you." That's just ONE of the many mic drops on today's episode. Sara Racicot and Noel Hrnchir are the co-hosts of Way of the Wildflowers, a podcast for women. When you hear women compared to flowers, it's easy to roll your eyes'we're not fragile! We're tough and strong and fierce and formidable! But when Sara and Noel explain their passion for blooming where you're planted and feeling impacted by others, you'll feel a whole new passion for living like a wildflower. We also chat about why the Church needs women in all walks of life, the essentialness of vulnerability, Noel's tips for flourishing in your faith at a public university, and what's been bringing the pair closer to God. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Audible. To snag a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.   
March 27, 2019
Political conversations these days tend to get ridiculously heated. How can we speak the truth of the Gospel without becoming a clanging cymbal? Political writer Kathryn Jean Lopez is here to help us understand some tenants of Catholic communication, understand how to keep the hope in a despairing world, and helping us break out of our political boxes. Enjoy!  Today's episode is brought to you by  Audible. For a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.  Today's episode is also brought to you by Sock Religious. For 10% off a pair of cozy Catholic socks, check out sockreligious.com and enter FEM10 at checkout. 
March 20, 2019
Full disclosure: I FREQUENTLY tell people that our show isn’t super heavy on theology. Because it’s not! But today’s guest, Amy O’Connell, has a Master’s in theology and she’s here to explain to us WHY women theologians are so important. We also talk about running a literary journal in a clickbait world, creating content that appeals to both men and women, and how the Rosary is bringing her closer to God. Enjoy!    Today’s episode is brought to you by Sock Religious. For 10% off a pair of cozy, comfy, Catholic socks, enter FEM10 at checkout at sockreligious.com.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a FREE audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
March 13, 2019
Being a working mom can have plenty of “bumps” in the road (…see what I did there?) but your postpartum rights shouldn’t be one of them. I absolutely loved chatting with attorney Emily Kearney on today’s show! Emily has experience in postpartum rights in the workplace and speaking with her about our rights if we’re returning to a secular workplace post-childbirth was fascinating. We also talked about her work in the area of broader disability rights, why she feels we’re so indifferent about ableist discrimination, and why these are pro-life issues. This episode is a total powerhouse of legal, empowering goodness—enjoy! Emily also provided us with an INCREDIBLY generous handout on our rights as moms int he workplace. Head to the show notes at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/emilyk to snag her free download. Today’s episode is brought to you by Sock Religious. Snag 10% off a pair of cozy, Catholic socks by entering FEM10 at checkout.   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. Head to audibletrial.com/catholic for a free audio book! (If you’re into parenting books, I personally loved Bringing Up Bebe!) 
March 6, 2019
Today is Ash Wednesday. As we dive into the 40 days before Christ’s death and resurrection, you may have incorporated Bible reading into your Lenten journey. But lets be honest…how many of us try and tiptoe around the Old Testament? That half of the Bible can seem crazy, confusing, and straight up overwhelming. But today’s podcast guest, author Danielle Bean, believes there are strong connections to be drawn between the women of the Old Testament and the #MeToo movement. I loved chatting with Danielle about which women in Bible have influenced her the most, how her family incorporates Bible time, and how she lets the women of Scripture influence the way she raises her daughters as feminists. If you’re super hungry and need something to keep your mind off your rumbling stomach, enjoy! This episode was brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and free 30-day trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. This episode was also brought to you by Sock Religious. For 10% off a pair of Catholic socks, enter FEM10 at checkout.
February 27, 2019
As I’ve said on the show many times before, Dorothy Day is a huge inspiration of mine + was one of the catalysts that caused me to start this podcast. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to have Shannon Evans on the show to talk about her experience working in Catholic Worker houses, a movement that was founded by Dorothy Day. But Shannon and I also dive deep into adoption, embracing our weaknesses, why people are so afraid of the phrase “social justice”, and what it means to truly operate as part of the larger body of Christ. Also, I loved her insight on her shifting view of “doing ministry”, specifically in the context of my own life. I share with her what I feel like God’s been saying to me lately and how it’s leaving me struggling to understand which direction He wants me to walk in. Overall, it was such a joy to chat with Shannon and I hope you enjoy our chat! This episode was brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.  This episode was also brought to you by Jane Heir by Veronica Cristero . For a paperback, e-book, or audio version of this modern retelling of the classic romance, head to veronicacristero.com. 
February 20, 2019
Do you know what it’s like to put your heart + soul into a work of creativity…and be rejected? I sure do—and so does Ashlee Cowles, today’s guest and the author of YA novel BENEATH WANDERING STARS. Ashlee + I are chatting all about writing, her creative process, and why she thinks its important to market her book not as a “Catholic book” even though it has themes of truth and beauty. We also talk about which book is bringing her closer to God and how her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago influenced her writing. I loved hearing about Ashlee’s journey and I hope you do too!    Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and a free 30-day trial, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Jane Heir by Veronica Cristero. To snag the paperback, e-book, or audio book of this modern retelling of the classic tale, head to veronicacristero.com. 
February 13, 2019
This week on the show, we're speaking with Emma Moran and Elise Gallagher, the founders of the Catholic Women in Business Foundation. We're chatting about all things BIBLICAL BUSINESS: the modern business advice we can't stand, their advice for women looking to launch new projects, and why women so desperately need community.  Today's episode is brought to you by Jane Heir by Veronica Cristero. Head to veronicacristero.com to snag the book in audio, e-book, or paperback format.  Today's episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, head to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
February 6, 2019
IT’S SEASON 3! 🎙 We’re BACK with another round of women to inspire you, inform you, + help you lead a more intentional life. Our season 3 premiere guest is no exception. I saw Sarah Kroger leading worship at SEEK and knew I had to have her on the show. Sarah is a singer and songwriter (Audrey Assad produced her new album…heard of her? 😂) with a heart for Jesus. We talk about how her music has been inspired by Henri Nouwen, how her history with mental health has been integrated into her music, and how she balances focusing on the craft of music with having a prayer experience while performing. Also, her answer for what’s bringing her closer to God lately might surprise you! Whether you’re a well-known musician or, uh, deeply musically challenged (…hi 🙋🏼‍♀️), I hope this episode serves you! Today’s episiode is brought to you by Jane Heir by Veronica Cristero. Grab this modern retelling of the classic romance in paperback, e-book, or audio format at veronicacristero.com.   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. Snag a free audio book of your choice by heading to audibletrial.com/catholic.
January 9, 2019
I had the honor of attending SEEK 2019 and hosted a live show in the middle of the exhibits! I chatted with a FOCUS missionary, a couple of attendees, and speakers Anna Carter and Sr. Miriam. Apologies for the low-quality audio...live show, so didn't have a ton of control! 
December 12, 2018
Weep with those who weep. St. Paul reminds us in Scripture to participate in the sorrow of others, and today’s guest, Dr. Melissa Mark, is a pediatric oncologist with no shortage of grief. But when I went into today’s interview, I expected to be chatting about how she stays strong and bringing Jesus into dark places. Instead, she blew my mind with her wisdom on why witnessing death is an honor and how Jesus is already present in every place imaginable. We also chat about being a working mom, how she evangelizes in her workplace in an ethical, loving way, and how she makes it work being married to another doctor. WARNING: WE DISCUSS THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT WHO MAY OR MAY NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE ON DECEMBER 25. Be warned—this episode may spoil some things for those with little ears! Thanks for tuning in to our SEASON TWO FINALE—see you in February! Today's episode is brought to you by the Meaningful Market. For 20% off gifts for friends, family, or yourself, enter TCFpod20 at checkout at meaningfulmarketshop.com. Today's episode is also brought to you by the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide. You can be sure the gifts you give are well received and well made by shopping at ethicaltrade.crs.org.
December 5, 2018
Studies show that reading isn’t just a fun hobby—it makes you more empathetic, increases your intelligence, and opens doors that were previously closed. That’s why today’s guest is such an inspiration to me! Shanel Adams is the founder of Progressionista, a Detroit-based non-profit aimed at increasing literacy among young girls, introducing them to literature, and helping them learn about different career opportunities available to them. All of our guests have amazing stories to share, and Shanel is no different, but her story in particular is timely for me—I recently achieved a life-long dream and signed a 2-book deal with HarperCollins for two children’s books that will be coming out in 2020 and 2021. Shanel and I geek out about our favorite books, why she loves Detroit, and how journaling is bringing her closer to God. Also, I frequently get emails asking for more conversion stores—Shanel became a Catholic THIS YEAR, and the story of her journey to Catholicism is beautiful. Enjoy!  PS: Today's episode is brought to you by the Meaningful Market. For 20% off gifts for friends, family, or yourself, enter TCFpod20 at checkout at meaningfulmarketshop.com.  PPS: Today's episode is also brought to you by the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide. You can be sure the gifts you give are well received and well made by shopping at ethicaltrade.crs.org. 
November 28, 2018
Women don’t need a collar to lead.   That’s just ONE of the wisdom nuggets today’s guest drops. Elise Italiano is the director of the GIVEN Institute, a non-profit aimed at activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world.  A former theology and bioethics teacher, Elise is on the show to chat about the necessity of women as leaders in the Church. We chat about what women bring to the table, why so many millennial women are leaving the Church, and what forces we need to combat to ensure women have a seat at the table. Enjoy!   PS: Today's episode is brought to you by Pink Salt Riot. Design the perfect gift and get free shipping + 10% off orders over $30 with code catholicfeminist. Head to http://pinksaltriot.com.   PPS: Today's episode is also brought to you by the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide. You can be sure the gifts you give are well received and well made by shopping at ethicaltrade.crs.org.
November 21, 2018
For us Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means turkey, parades, football, (whitewashed stories about pilgrims and Native Americans that aren’t 100% accurate and should probably be looked at much deeper than they are but that’s a post for another time), and family. For some of us, being with our families is a true joy that we look forward to all year. But for some of us, being with family is very difficult and can bring out some tough emotions. That’s why there’s no better time for a chat about emotionally healthy spirituality. Today on the show, we’re chatting with Lisa Brenninkmeyer, the founder of Walking With Purpose. Lisa and I talk about what emotionally healthy spirituality looks like, how to take care of yourself during emotionally volatile times, how to build up a community around you that you can be 100% yourself with, and how to seek healing from emotional wounds. So if you’re currently driving to your in-laws or cousins or grandparents for Thanksgiving, I hope we can keep you company for the car ride!  Also, there’s no better time to express my immense gratitude for you, dear listener, for allowing me to have my dream job. To show my appreciation, we'll be joining in the good ole fashioned tradition of discounts this holiday shopping weekend. From today to Cyber Monday (11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, and 11/26) you can take 20% off anything in the Catholic Feminist Shop with the code THANKSGIVING. I'm also bringing back our book preorder deal for those days only--if you shoot me a proof of purchase (Amazon, AveMariaPress.com, or Barnes and Noble confirmation) of Girl, Arise to claire@thecatholicfeministpodcast.com with the EXACT subject line PREORDER, you'll receive a discount code for 25% off 40 Days to a Feminist Faith, a free copy of our social justice Bible study, and our bonus episode with Mallory Smyth of Endow.  PS: Today's episode is brought to you by the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide. You can be sure the gifts you give are well received and well made by shopping at ethicaltrade.crs.org. PPS: Today's episode is also brought to you by Pink Salt Riot. Design the perfect gift and get free shipping + 10% off orders over $30 with code catholicfeminist. Head to www.pinksaltriot.com.
November 14, 2018
Sometimes at the end of the day, I just need to curl up with some Food Network. But is zoning out like that okay, or am I supposed to be, like, reading the Bible and listening to Hillsong? That’s what today’s guest, Jessamyn Anderson, has come on the show to discuss. Jessamyn works in communications for Love Good Culture, a gift service focused on building a better culture through media. She’s also a singer and jewelry designer with a love for art, the BBC, and historical fiction. Jessamyn and I chat about how our media influences our culture and whether or not there’s even such a thing as “good” or “bad” media. Enjoy!   For sign-ups for the #GreaterThanGold ethical shopping challenge, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jessamyn.    Today’s episode is brought to you by Meaningful Market, a shop that believes beauty and justice go hand in hand. For 20% off your first order, head to http://meaningfulmarketshop.com and enter TCFpod20 at checkout.   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Branded Beauty, an e-course on branding for the new evangelization by Pink Salt Riot founder Jill Simons. Enter CATHOLICFEMINIST for 25% off your course. Jill will be actively leading the course in the Facebook group from Jan 14- Feb 22, but people that sign up will have immediate access to the whole thing immediately just in time to put some new branding into practice before the holidays. Head to http://brandingforthenewevangelization.com and click on “Branded Beauty”.   Don’t forget to preorder GIRL, ARISE: A CATHOLIC FEMINIST’S INVITATION TO LIVE BOLDLY, LOVE YOUR FAITH, AND CHANGE THE WORLD at thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/book.
November 7, 2018
If we believe that men + women are inherently different, how can we discover the reality about womanhood without falling into harmful stereotypes? How do women who AREN’T mothers fit into God’s design for gender? How does God’s design for women’s bodies relate to deeper meanings about our world? How can women who don’t fit into your typical “meek and mild” box live out Theology of the Body and take part in salvation history when sometimes in the Church we’re smacked in the face with judgement and outdated gender roles? These are just SOME of the questions I had about TOB. There’s nobody better to chat about them with than Christopher West, the president of the Theology of the Body Institute. It was an honor to talk with a world-renowned Catholic speaker and educator and to join forces on the truth behind Catholic feminism. Enjoy! (You also might hear a bit of my husband trying to put my daughter to bed and her not having it, what else is new 🙄😂 How ironic that while we’re talking about breastfeeding my baby’s going nuts and refusing the good ole plastic bottle…)   Today’s episode is brought to you by Meaningful Market, a shop that believes beauty and justice go hand in hand. For 20% off your first order, head to meaningfulmarketshop.com and enter TCFpod20 at checkout.  Today’s episode is also brought to you by Branded Beauty, an e-course on branding for the new evangelization by Pink Salt Riot founder Jill Simons. Enter CATHOLICFEMINIST for 25% off your course. Jill will be actively leading the course in the Facebook group from Jan 14- Feb 22, but people that sign up will have immediate access to the whole thing immediately just in time to put some new branding into practice before the holidays. Head to brandingforthenewevangelization.com and click on “Branded Beauty”.
October 31, 2018
How did a religious sister convince me to keep a skull on my desk to remind me of death? ☠️   When Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble started keeping a skull on her own desk, she thought it would look cool. But she had no idea the impact the constant reminder of death would have on her faith life. As Catholics, we live in a world that constantly fears death, avoids death, and dreads death. But if we truly understand what Heaven is, death should be something we rejoice—something that powers us forward and fills us with peace and comfort. I thought there was no better day than All Hallow’s Eve to chat with Sr. Theresa about death, her journey from atheism to becoming a religious sister (a journey she’s still on!) and what the Daughters of St. Paul are all about. So whether you’re spending tonight hauling kids from door to door for candy or snuggled up with It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, I hope our episode brings a little Catholic flavor to your Halloween! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/sistertheresa   This episode is brought to you by Girl, Arise: A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World. Three things you can do to help the book that cost ZERO dollar bills: 1) Add the book to your to-read list on Goodreads 2) Share a photo of the cover image on social media 3) Ask your librarian to order it for their collection! 📚
October 24, 2018
Our world has one idea of what “freedom” looks like: doing whatever the eff we want. But is that TRULY being free…or just being a slave to our whims and wants? Today’s (returning) podcast guest, Tori Vissat, works in international missions and is here to share her story of discovering what true freedom was after entering a 12-step program for alcohol addiction. Tori’s story is brave, bold, and beautiful as she describes realizing she had a problem, being challenged by peers, and taking the daring step to go to an AA meeting where she was pretty sure everyone there was going to be a hot mess. She walks us through what 12-step programs are and aren’t, the meaning of true freedom, and what to do if you feel like someone in your circle may have a problem with alcohol. Enjoy!   This episode is brought to you by Pio Prints. For 15% off your first order, enter allsaints15 at checkout at pioprints.com.   This episode was also brought to you by Rose Harrington. Katrina delivers stunning beautiful botanical rosary art for your home and you can sneak a peek at roseharrington.com. 
October 17, 2018
I never thought I’d talk to a priest about sex scandals, periods, and Taylor Swift, but here we are.    Today is our first PRIEST INTERVIEW! I’m so excited to be chatting with Father Josh Johnson, a priest in the diocese of Baton Rouge. Father Josh is a podcaster and the author of the new book Broken & Blessed. I really wanted to hear a priest’s perspective on how the priesthood can minister to women when its entirely made up of men. We also talked about the recent horrific scandals within the Church and how they’ve impacted him as a priest.    Today’s episode is brought to you by Pio Prints. For 15% off your first order on holy workout gear or modern religious greeting cards, head to pioprints.com and enter allsaints15 at checkout.    Today’s episode is also brought to you by Rose Harrington. Head to roseharrington.com to snag some of Katrina’s beautiful botanical rosary art. 
October 15, 2018
Girl, Arise is available for preorder! Tune in here to learn about why I wrote the book, what it's about, and how you can get your hands on it. I ramble a bit. And almost cry. It's fine. 
October 10, 2018
“Your life is too short to be this miserable this much of the time.” That’s what today’s guest’s husband told her + it inspired her to start her own shop. Jill Simons is the founder of Pink Salt Riot, and y’all know how much I love interviewing Catholic makers. Jill + I are talking all about revolutionary joy—how we can find hope in the midst of a world that’s full of suffering. It can seem kind of silly or shallow to take such pleasure in things like pretty art, but as we’ve discussed many times on this show, sometimes earthly pleasures can truly point us more towards God. When we’re stopping and feeling a sense of awe at beauty, happiness, and light, we’re celebrating the gift of life He’s given us, which in turn should empower us to improve the lives of others. We also talk about Jill’s entrepreneurial spirit, mistakes she sees Catholic small business owners making, and the difference between a “business” and a “hobby”. And of course, we tackle that age-old idea of “Am I a jerk for trying to make money?” Enjoy!  Today’s episode is brought to you by Pio Prints. For 15% off your first order, just enter allsaints15 at checkout at pioprints.com Today’s episode is also brought to you by Rose Harrington Art. Check out roseharrington.com for beautiful botanical rosary art that will make your home feel holier.   
October 3, 2018
This spring, Ireland voted to appeal the 8th amendment that had been banning abortion. That means one of the last pro-life countries now embraces abortion and while that sounds tragic (it is), I’m so excited to be bringing you a conversation that might actually uplift your heart.   Kate Bryan is a communications strategist who was boots-on-the-ground in Ireland during the vote. You’ll be so empowered after hearing about the small and mighty team that worked tirelessly to try and keep abortion out of Ireland. When she talks about how they felt the morning after the vote, you’ll feel more encouraged than ever and hopefully be inspired to take on the pro-life cause in your own unique way.    Are we “losing” the pro-life/pro-choice battle? Eh. It can feel that way. But is it even a battle, or just a constant call to love our neighbor? Why are so many women drawn to abortion in the first place? Why is our culture failing them? These are the bigger questions that women like Kate are asking and it was an honor to have her on our show. We also chat about how her mom inspired her to be a feminist, why Catholics need to embrace their courageous side, and how structure is bringing her so much closer to God. Enjoy!   Today’s episode was brought to you by Rose Harrington. Check out roseharrington.com to snag some of Katrina’s stunning botanical art!    Today’s episode was also brought to you by Pio Prints, religious greeting cards with a contemporary, modern feel. Head to pioprints.com and enter allsaints15 for 15% off your first order.   
September 26, 2018
Being a woman is a particular experience. Being Mexican-American is a particular experience. But being a Mexican-American woman is its own unique experience. And that’s what our guest today is here to discuss!   Daniela Kopado is a medical student in Texas who’s bringing some wit + wisdom about intersectional feminism to the table. Intersectional feminism is understanding how different aspects of your life intersect to create unique traits and marginalization. Every single human being is made by God + designed by Him, and it’s important not to view people as a monolith. By embracing intersectional feminism, we start to see women as individuals who bring different experiences, strengths, and needs to the table.   We also chat about WHY diversity is so important, the beauty of her multiracial relationship and what she and her boyfriend have learned from each other, why we think priests NEED to be talking about racism from the pulpit, and how one diocese is rockin’ it with its vibrant, diverse community. (Hi Houston!)   PS: Today’s audio quality is not up to my usual standards due to some technical issues. They’ve been sorted out and next episode will be back to 100% normal, but I apologize if it’s a bit “blippy”!    Today’s episode is brought to you by the Light series by Jacqueline Brown. For a free copy of her first book in the series, head to our show notes. Who do you become when the world falls away? www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/daniela   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. Snag a FREE audio book—like The Light by Jacqueline Brown!—by heading to audibletrial.com/catholic.   
September 19, 2018
When is enough…ENOUGH? Enough money. Enough time. Enough accomplishments. It isn’t always easy to know. Today’s guest is a fan favorite repeat: blogger, podcaster, and author Haley Stewart. Haley + I dive deeper into our previous discussion about throwaway culture in light of her new book, The Grace of Enough, and how to live more intentional lives with less. Not just less possessions, but less stress and time away from our families as well. We talk about aaaaaall kinds of things, including how to handle criticism from creative work, dealing with HG pregnancies, and why her podcast makes me want to read smarter books. Head to the show notes to enter to win a FREE copy of The Grace of Enough! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/haley2 (Can you hear Tess in the background yet again as her father tries to handle her crazy self? Aaaaaabsolutely. Now seeking a new TCF Podcast Team Member: baby wrangler. 🙄)  Interested in a free audio book? Head to http://Audibletrial.com/catholic, today’s episode sponsor. Today’s episode is also brought to you by the Light series by Jacqueline Brown. If you’re looking for an intriguing, adventurous series that has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, look no further! Jacqueline is offering a FREE copy of the first book in her series—just head to the show notes to snag it!
September 12, 2018
Surprise! I’m on the other side of the mic with a guest host this week. 🎙 It is a true joy to answer questions for you about things like discernment, soulmates, confirmation saints, and Hogwarts houses. If you’ve wondered what some of the hardest episodes for me to do are, what’s on my bookshelf lately, or what’s bringing ME closer to God, this is the perfect episode for you. I also share a little bit more of my story and how I went from cray-cray college freshman to campus missionary to podcaster. Enjoy!   Today’s episode is brought to you by the Light series by Jacqueline Brown. If you’re looking for an intriguing, adventurous series that has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, look no further! Jacqueline is offering a FREE copy of the first book in her series—just head to the show notes to snag it!   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book—like The Light by Jaqueline Brown—head to audibletrial.com/catholic. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/claireqa  
September 5, 2018
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt “rosary dread”—that feeling of “noooot again” that happens when someone pulls out their beads. 😂🤦🏿‍♀️ The truth is, I’ve felt that way more than a few times, and so has today’s podcast guest, Shannon Wendt. Shannon is the founder of Chews Life, a shop for rosaries and rosary bracelets. We chat all about how her multiple miscarriages shook her faith, how clinging to Mary gave her hope in dark times, and how she realized she needed to niche down in her business even though it made her nervous to focus on religious products. Shannon’s story is incredibly inspiring and it was an honor to chat with her!   Today’s episode is brought to you by the Light series by Jaqueline Brown. If you’re looking for an intriguing, adventurous series that has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, look no further! Jacqueline is offering a FREE copy of the first book in her series—check out the show notes for deets!   Today’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book—like The Light by Jaqueline Brown—head to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
August 29, 2018
Did you know that porn plays a role in at least HALF of divorces? Or that the average age people are first exposed to porn is 11?! Pornography is truly attempting to destroy families, culture, and healthy sexual behavior. That’s why the work of today’s guest, Patty Breen of Whispered in the Dark, is SO important. After realizing her husband had a sex and pornography addiction, their failed attempts at healing led Patty to pursue an annulment. Today on the show, she’s teaching us what we should know if we discover our significant other has a porn habit, what questions we NEED to be asking them, and what to do if you’re a woman who struggles with porn (which we both agree is never talked about). We also geek out over a shared love of Shauna Niequist. Enjoy!
August 27, 2018
In which I said I wasn’t going to do an episode on the Church scandal: ahem. I did. It’s a vulnerable minisode where I share a few things on my mind. If you had a hard time going to Mass on Sunday, if you doubted + despaired, if you prayed “God, are you even listening to me?”, this one is for you. Lord, to whom else could we go? ✨
August 22, 2018
It can be hard to find God in the midst of hopelessness. We've all felt that way at one time or another--some of us in the past few weeks. Maybe some of us today. Today's podcast guest, Sair, works with women who are in devastatingly difficult situations. She walks us through how to share the faith in very dark situations, the importance of perseverance, and how the greatest gift we can give other women is a sense of who they truly are.  Sair Del Toro is the director of Endow's Spanish-language apostolate, Magnifica. In addition to talking about evangelization, she shares with us how Spanish-speaking Catholic women are being affected by the current political climate, what she wishes more white Americans understood about Hispanic women, and what's been bringing her closer to God lately. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by Tiny Saints. From adorable keychain charms to educational board books, Tiny Saints has you covered with some amazing goodies that will remind you of all the Catholic Feminist saints praying for you up in Heaven. Just head to tinysaints.com and enter CF20 at checkout for 20% off your first order. Pretty much the coolest saint charms ever!  Today's episode is also brought to you by Date Night In. Bring a little life back into your vocation with curated, themed date boxes, or check out their Faith Night In boxes! They also have fun options for littles. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/datenightin to check them out.  
August 15, 2018
I think we've all gone through seasons where we want to delete our social media accounts and go live in a hut. That's how I was feeling before this conversation with social media guru Emily Mentock, but after chatting with her, I suddenly saw quite a few bright sides to everyone's love-to-hate social media platforms. Emily met her husband on Tinder and was reintroduced to her faith through a Tweet, so believe me when I say she's the perfect person to chat about this with! Emily discusses how to stay positive on social media, how to know when a "digital detox" is necessary, and when you should (more like shouldn't, usually) jump into a Facebook fight. It was such a joy to chat with her and I hope our conversation resonates with you! Today's episode is brought to you by Tiny Saints. From adorable keychain charms to educational board books, Tiny Saints has you covered with some amazing goodies that will remind you of all the Catholic Feminist saints praying for you up in Heaven. Just head to tinysaints.com and enter CF20 at checkout for 20% off your first order. Pretty much the coolest saint charms ever!  Today's episode is also brought to you by Date Night In. Bring a little life back into your vocation with curated, themed date boxes, or check out their Faith Night In boxes! They also have fun options for littles. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/datenightin to check them out.  
August 8, 2018
One of my favorite parts of being Catholic? The endless supply of feast days + holidays. Too bad I usually only realize it the day after it occurred! Today's podcast guest is a writer, wife, mama, and liturgical living lover. Lisa Kirk walks me through her four pillars of liturgical living, how she stays organized with feast days, and how a crazed Advent season gave her a passion for slowing down and embracing the Church calendar. I love Lisa's wisdom about the saints and you'll also find her story of leaving her "dream job" to pursue a more intentional work-at-home-mom career interesting. If you've ever wanted to live a more seasonally liturgical life, no matter your current vocation or life stage, this episode is perfect for you.  Today's episode was brought to you by Tiny Saints. Liturgical living just got a whole lot cuter--spread that happy kind of faith! For 20% off your first order, head to tinysaints.com and enter CF20 at checkout.  Today's episode was also brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book, like Story of a Soul by St. Therese, go to audibletrial.com/catholic. 
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