The Catholic Feminist

By Claire Swinarski

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The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview guests on topics like poverty, missions, abortion, and how to live out your calling as a Catholic while supporting women's rights.

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106: Life on the US/Mexico Border ft. Kelly Griffith
48:21

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. 

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May 22, 2019
MINISODE: How to Talk About Abortion
27:23

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 21, 2019
105: #ThoughtsAndPrayers ft. Chika Anyanwu
46:37

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 15, 2019
104: Miracles, Saints, and Fulton Sheen ft. Bonnie Engstrom
49:02

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.

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May 08, 2019
103: Overcoming Spiritual Perfectionism ft. Colleen Carroll Campbell
40:54

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. 

May 01, 2019
102: Emotional and Spiritual Postpartum Care ft. Rebecca Christian
30:26

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!

 

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Apr 24, 2019
101: Cultivating Community + Going Through Burnout ft. Megan Stram
52:55

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!

Apr 17, 2019
100: What I've Learned in 100 Episodes
29:12

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. 

Apr 10, 2019
99: Blooming Where You're Planted ft. Noel Hrnchir and Sara Racicot
38:36

“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!

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Apr 03, 2019
98: Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice ft. Kathryn Jean Lopez
39:01

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! 

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Mar 27, 2019
97: Female Theologians + Making Space for Women ft. Amy O'Connell
39:37

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! 

 

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Mar 20, 2019
96: Pregnancy/Postpartum Rights in the Workplace ft. Emily Kearney
44:08

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.

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Mar 13, 2019
95: Listening to the Old Testament and Raising Feminist Daughters ft. Danielle Bean
40:43

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!

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Mar 06, 2019
94: Embracing a Spirit of Solidarity ft. Shannon Evans
51:09

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!

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Feb 27, 2019
93: Creativity and the Camino ft. Ashlee Cowles
41:42

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! 

 

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Feb 20, 2019
92: Being Biblical Businesswomen ft. Emma Moran & Elise Gallagher
47:52

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. 

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Feb 13, 2019
91: Living Out Our Belovedness ft. Sarah Kroger
33:07

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!

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Feb 06, 2019
Special Episode: Live From SEEK 2019
54:07

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! 

Jan 09, 2019
90: Embracing Hope as a Pediatric Oncologist ft. Dr. Melissa Mark
47:47

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!

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Dec 12, 2018
89: Literacy Advocacy and Inspiring Young Girls ft. Shanel Adams
38:15

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! 

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Dec 05, 2018
88: The Importance of Women in Leadership ft. Elise Italiano
42:06

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!

 

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Nov 28, 2018
87: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer
45:19

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. 

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Nov 21, 2018
86: Influencing the Culture Through Media ft. Jessamyn Anderson
41:28

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!

 

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Nov 14, 2018
85: Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West
41:04

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…)

 

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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”.

Nov 07, 2018
84: Memento Mori and the Catholic View of Death ft. Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
38:00

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!

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Oct 31, 2018
83: Addiction Recovery and Freedom in Christ ft. Tori Vissat
38:41

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!

 

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Oct 24, 2018
82: Healing Our Broken and Blessed Church ft. Fr. Josh Johnson
36:38

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. 

 

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Oct 17, 2018
MINISODE: Girl, Arise
13:59

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. 

Oct 15, 2018
81: Revolutionary Joy and Growing a Business ft. Jill Simons
35:35

“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! 

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Oct 10, 2018
80: Pro-Life Activism and Tragedy in Ireland ft. Kate Bryan
48:28

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!

 

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Oct 03, 2018
79: Intersectional Feminism ft. Daniela Kopado
38:09

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”! 

 

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Sep 26, 2018
78: The Grace of Enough ft. Haley Stewart
38:10

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. 🙄) 

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Sep 19, 2018
77: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski
46:55

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!

 

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Sep 12, 2018
76: Loss and the Power of the Rosary ft. Shannon Wendt
46:58

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!

 

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Sep 05, 2018
75: Why Pornography is a Feminist Issue ft. Patty Breen
37:52

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!

Aug 29, 2018
MINISODE: The Scandalized, Sanctifying Church
15:14

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? ✨

Aug 27, 2018
74: Authentic, Wholehearted Evangelization ft. Sair Del Toro
28:01

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!

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Aug 22, 2018
73: The Upside of Social Media ft. Emily Mentock
47:11

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!

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Aug 15, 2018
72: How to Live Liturgically ft. Lisa Kirk
48:07

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. 

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Aug 08, 2018
71: Being a Young Catholic Professional ft. Jennifer Baugh
36:40

You know what conversation I’m tired of? The are-Catholic-women-allowed-to-work-outside-the-home one. I explain why in today’s conversation with Jennifer Baugh, the founder of Young Catholic Professionals. Jennifer has amazing insight on being a working Catholic woman, how being a woman has helped her to flourish as a leader, and how to let a love of Christ permeate everything you do. We also chat about why we still need to have the above-mentioned conversation and talk about if it REALLY matters what some rando blogger thinks about your life choices (spoiler alert: nope! 😉) Her dedication to the Rosary inspires the heck out of me and I’m head over heels in love with her passion for the Catholic faith. Whether you work outside the home or your work is your kids/studies/convent, I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with Jennifer! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jenniferb

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Aug 01, 2018
70: Managing Your Fertility ft. Bridget Busacker
42:28

How well do you feel like you understand your fertility? 🧠👀💪🏼 Today’s podcast guest, Bridget Busacker, is the founder of ManagingYourFertility.com, a one-stop shop for learning more about your body, your fertility, and Natural Family Planning. This week is NFP Awareness Week, so it seemed like the perfect time to chat with Bridget about why she decided to launch this online resource and why she’s so passionate about the reproductive system. Bridget breaks down her own NFP journey, the difference between Fertility Awareness Methods and Fertility Awareness BASED Methods, and why she feels evidence-based science is so important to incorporate into our faith. If you’ve ever wondered if NFP is legitimate science or which method might be best for you, Managing Your Fertility will answer most (if not all) of your questions. I loved chatting with Bridget about this project + I know you will too!

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Jul 25, 2018
69: Serving the Poor and Consecrated Single Life ft. Sam Vosters
46:49

Sam Vosters manages the Riverwest Food Pantry here in Milwaukee. It was such a joy to have her on and talk about all things poverty: how much money is "enough" to give? What does she wish we knew about people living in poverty? What are some common misconceptions about poverty prevention? We also discuss her vocation as a consecrated single person. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/samv

Jul 18, 2018
68: Immigration and Welcoming the Stranger ft. Ashley Feasley
30:08

Did you know that the Catholic Church is the number one resettler of refugees worldwide?! I sure didn't. But honestly, there's a LOT I don't know about immigration, refugee services, and asylum-seeking. That's why I'm so thankful for today's guest, Ashley Feasley. Ashley is the Policy Director of Migration Services for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and she broke down what's going on at the border in an easy-to-understand way. We also chatted about why immigration is a Catholic issue, whether or not sex trafficking at the border is currently a big problem, and how to keep our Catholic perspective when everyone's trying to shove each other into a "Republican" or "Democrat" box. It was truly a joy to learn from Ashley and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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Jul 11, 2018
MINISODE: Crisis at the Border ft. Mitzi Hellmer
14:49

Since there’s so much floating around these days about immigration, I decided to dish up a double dose of Catholic feminism today. In addition to our weekly full-length episode, I’m also chatting with immigration lawyer Mitzi Hellmer in a minisode about some policy specifics—what was going on, what changed, and what’s happening as of the time of our recording. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/mitzi

Jul 11, 2018
67: Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence ft. Jessica Woolbright
37:29

In today's episode, we chat with Jessica Woolbright of St. Martha's Hall. When you picture domestic violence, do you picture a big scary dude in a raincoat and a woman with a black eye? I do. But Jessica taught me different types of violence (physical vs. isolating vs. financial) and the importance of not letting stereotypes get in the way of helping women. She also offers some great insight on how we as "average Catholic women" (is there such a thing?! We discuss that too!) can help victims. I hope you enjoy our chat! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jessica

Jul 04, 2018
66: Trusting God's Path and Living the Faith as a Medical Student ft. Asia Swinarski
41:31

Being a Catholic in medical school is weird. Whether it’s being told that having a family is incompatible with the life of a doctor of reading that the rhythm method and the Creighton model are basically samesies, it’s hard to live out an authentic Christian truth while still grinding away trying to snag that MD. Today’s podcast guest, my very own sister-in-law Asia, is on the show to talk about being a Catholic medical student. But we also deep-dive into the process of getting accepted to med school, which was anything but smooth, and trusting in God’s path when you aren’t sure where it’s leading. We also chat about fitting prayer into a busy schedule and the sexism of the modern medical industry. It was such a treat to interview my son’s godmother and hear more about a journey I was able to witness! Enjoy. thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/asia

 

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Jun 27, 2018
65: Dealing With Criticism, Haters, and Trolls ft. Ana Glaze
45:51

Whether you have a vibrant online ministry or you’re just livin’ normal life, every single one of us has encountered criticism. But what’s the difference between helpful, constructive criticism…and troll culture? 

Today’s podcast guest, Ana Glaze of That Catholic Couple, breaks down what she views as the difference and how she responds to each. Let’s face it: nobody LOVE getting criticized. But when should you try to evangelize and when should you step away? When should you loudly defend the faith and when should you let people draw their own conclusions? Ana and I talked about the real life and online hate we’ve both faced, how we handle it (hint: it’s different!) and how to find the courage to keep creating when you’re constantly facing both helpful criticism and totally unhelpful haters. I hope you enjoy our chat! 

(Psst: as a bonus, I wanted to create a little somethin’ somethin’ for y’all. Have you ever encountered someone who insists that the Catholic Church isn’t feminist? Um…of course you have. That’s why I whipped up a free guide of five feminist popes—five of our most popular popes and pro-woman quotes they’ve said. Head to the shownotes to download a copy today to keep in your Catholic Feminist toolkit next time someone launches that particular bomb your way!) www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/ana2

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Jun 20, 2018
64: Artists as Apostles of Beauty ft. Fabiola Garza
31:39

Maybe you have a semi-crazy dream, like being on Oprah, writing a book, or starting a non-profit that changes the world. But it can seem pretty impossible. I hope this episode gives you the confidence our guest had when she wrote in her journal at age 11 that she wanted to one day work at Disney!

Today's podcast guest, Fabiola Garza, is an artist with Disney Creative Group. It was such a joy to chat with her about having big dreams, a creative career, and how her art has made her more contemplative and brought her closer to God. I particularly love her insight on what it's like to be a female artist in an industry that's often dominated by men. I hope you enjoy our chat!

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Jun 13, 2018
63: Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer
35:27

So...WHY can't women be priests?

After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the "club". We claim membership to an institution with a male-only leadership model. But...does that mean we can't be feminists? Why CAN'T women be priests? Is these a fruitful conversation? Is the reason women can't be priests because we wouldn't be "good" at it? Can you be in a Church where you struggle with some of the teachings? We talk about all this and more on the podcast today with Emily Archer, a blogger from FemCatholic. Emily talks about why she's always struggled with this Church teaching, what she's learned when doing research for the blog, and how she remains in a Church that talks a tough talk. This episode was particularly important to me as this is a topic I get asked about a lot, and I don't always know how to answer. I hope you enjoy our conversation and that you feel seen, known, and understood. 

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Jun 06, 2018
62: Finding Catholic Community and Thriving as a Military Wife ft. Suzanna Hinzman
33:52

Can you imagine living on the other side of the world from your family and customs? Or not even being able to talk to your husband on your wedding anniversary? Similar to last week's guest, Suzanna Hinzman is currently living abroad--but not as a missionary. She moved to Europe from Texas due to her spouse's military career. It was so fascinating to chat with Suzanna about what it was like to uproot her entire life, move across the world, and attempt to cultivate a Catholic community. I also loved her insight on sacrificing for your husband and how to maintain a feminist mindset while navigating what it means to live so sacrificially. She had such a unique input and it was a joy to chat with her. I hope you enjoy our chat!

 

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May 30, 2018
61: Living Out the Great Commission ft. Tina Augustine
36:57

We all have fears when it comes to evangelization. Imagine going to a country where you don’t even speak the language! That’s the experience of today’s podcast guest, Tina Augustine. Tina helped spearhead the first-ever international FOCUS team and hearing her thoughts on evangelization, spiritual poverty, and the great commission was fascinating. I love her insight on why missionaries are sometimes sent to westernized countries (when I said I was becoming a missionary, I had wayyyy too many people ask where I was going in Africa) and why it’s so important for Catholics to share their faith. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/tina

 

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May 23, 2018
60: Religious Freedom and Making an Impact ft. Helen Alvare
38:46

When I launched the podcast, I had a dream of interviewing some of my own personal heroes. I’m so lucky that the Catholic Feminist has afforded me the chance to interview women like Abby Johnson, Audrey Assad, and Sr. Virginia Joy—all interview subjects that were on my “dream guest” list. Today’s podcast guest was dream number 1: Professor Helen Alvare. 

When I saw Professor Alvare speak at the SEEK conference in 2013, she completely rocked my world. Professor Alvare is a lawyer, mom, frequent guest on news shows, and advocate for women. As the founder of WomenSpeakForThemselves.com, she’s done everything from writing amicus briefs on the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case to raising a Catholic family. Today on the show, Professor Alvare breaks down what the real war on women is, the definition of religious freedom, and why culture is more important than law. It was an honor to have her on the show and I hope you enjoy our chat! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/helen

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May 16, 2018
59: Juggling Diapers and Disciple-Making ft. Amber O'Hearn
41:33

Happy almost Mother’s Day! Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with mama and podcast host Amber O’Hearn all about how we as moms can serve God and live out the Great Commission. Amber and I have a wide-ranging discussion about toddler parenting, the struggles of motherhood, and how we can live out our feminism through raising littles. Amber’s podcast, Diapers and Disciples, is a joy to listen to so it was a lot of fun to have her on the other end of the microphone! We also offer a few resources for anyone looking to launch their own podcast. Make sure you listen all the way to the end to learn how to enter to win a copy of Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom by Colleen Duggan. Enjoy! 

 

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May 09, 2018
58: Launching and Leading Verily Magazine ft. Kara Eschbach
43:39

 

Today on the show we’re chatting with Kara Eschbach, the co-founder of Verily Magazine. When Kara saw a niche within women’s magazines that wasn’t being filled—that of dignified, authentically beautiful conversation between women—she took the leap and launched a magazine along with a friend. Verily transformed into a gorgeous online lifestyle magazine that views each woman as a dignified daughter of God. It was so interesting to hear Kara give her thoughts on leadership as a woman, what you should do if you want to launch a business, and how her Meyers-Briggs type has impacted her role in the world. Although Kara is no longer with Verily, there’s so much value in hearing how she created something so amazing (and popular!) and it was an honor to learn from her. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/kara

 

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May 02, 2018
57: Title IX and Victim Advocacy ft. Jenne O'Neill
35:51

After our #MeToo episode aired, a representative from the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition reached out to do a follow-up episode. Jenne O’Neill breaks down what Title IX is, wha the CASC is doing to try and bring it to life at Christendom, and why it’s important to never think you’re “safe from evil” in a Catholic bubble. Jenne was incredibly vulnerable and honest and it was a joy to have her on the show. This episode is perfect for anyone who’s wondering how they can move the needle and advocate for sexual assault victims. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jenne

 

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Apr 25, 2018
56: The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo
45:57

Advocating for yourself within our modern-day healthcare system isn’t always easy. For many women, PMS symptoms + cramps are treated with a prescription for birth control…but that’s often just a band-aid to a deeper problem. Today, my very own NFP instructor, Hayley Stabo, is walking us through how the Creighton model helped her get closer to REAL answers about her health. She also talks about what Creighton is, who it’s not right for, and why she decided to become an instructor. It’s so refreshing to cut the sunshine-and-roses song we usually sing about NFP and dig into the actual science behind methods and why they honor our dignity as women. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/hayley

 

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Apr 18, 2018
55: A Feminist Take on Humanae Vitae and Contraception ft. Mallory Smyth
39:48

Let’s be real: the Church has some hard teachings. It’s not afraid to call us to a very high standard in order to make us saints. One of the teachings that’s the hardest for me to swallow? The Church’s teachings on contraception. 😳 This year is the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on why birth control is immoral. This is obviously a major place we differentiate from our secular feminist sisters, and today’s podcast guest, Mallory Smyth of Endow, breaks it down in a meaningful, easy-to-understand way. If you’ve ever thought about scooping up Humanae Vitae or learning more about why the Church gives the green light to NFP but warns against contraception, today’s episode is perfect for you. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/mallory

 

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Apr 11, 2018
54: Avoiding Mommy Martyr Syndrome and Raising Daughters as Feminists ft. Kate Wicker
52:07

Hands up if you’ve ever struggled with getting past the idea of “perfect”. Today’s podcast guest, author Kate Wicker, has been there. We chat all about mommy martyr syndrome and the importance of valuing yourself as a woman and human beyond the idea of a “mom”. There’s no one-size-fits-all to holiness! Even if you’re not a mama, I think the idea of getting over “perfect” is one that can resonate. Kate also offers great tips for raising daughters to be feminists, including the difference between bringing beauty to the world and taking a sexy selfie, which I love. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/kate

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Apr 04, 2018
53: Catholic Entrepreneurship and Finding Balance ft. Michelle Benzinger
35:09

Have you ever thought about turning your passion into a business? Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with entrepreneur, speaker, and podcaster Michelle Benzinger. We talk about how she went from working at Nordstrom’s to getting a theology degree, why she felt called to start monetizing her beautiful designs, why her company views tithing as one of its core tenants, and what makes a Catholic business owner different from a secular one. It was so fun to chat business with another female entrepreneur and I especially loved her insight about living in the tension between striving for increased revenue and striving for the Holy Spirit.

 

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Mar 28, 2018
52: Honoring the Human Dignity of Our Sisters With Disabilities ft. Lindsey West
35:21

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, so having a disability advocate on the podcast seemed perfect. I’m so excited to be chatting with Lindsey West of Uniquely Catholic. Lindsey and I talk about how her son’s autism diagnosis got her started on her advocacy journey, what steps parishes can take to be more welcoming to our brothers and sisters with different abilities, and why “different, not less” is such a Catholic sentiment. Intersectionality is important to the Catholic Feminist Podcast and fighting for the rights of ALL of our sisters, no matter their skin color, poverty level, or abilities, is a key tenant of our view of feminism. Next month is Autism Awareness Month and if something in this episode resonates with you, I hope you can either reach out to Lindsey or put something into action in your own parish. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/lindsey

Mar 21, 2018
51: Celebrating Birth as a Spiritual Experience ft. Tori Pohl
43:14

As an expecting mama, it was such a treat to speak with doula Tori Pohl on making birth a more spiritual experience. Tori walks me through what a doula is, what it isn’t, and how her faith influenced her decision to become a “servant” during birth. I also love how she ties in a little Theology of the Body with how birth can help us grow closer to God. Whether or not you’re a biological mama, this episode is all about how this amazing feat a woman’s body can accomplish was designed by the Lord and can help bring us closer to Him. So whether you’re single, a homebirther, an adoptive mama, or someone who’s birth plan is one word long: EPIDURAL (hi), I think it will bring you value. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/torip

 

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Mar 14, 2018
50: Consent and the #MeToo Movement ft. Simcha Fisher
34:10

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed that sexual assault has been shoved into the national spotlight. Whether it’s #MeToo or #TimesUp, questions about sex and consent and whats what are constantly being asked. Today on the podcast, we talk to writer Simcha Fisher about how Catholics should view the idea of “consent”, how we can avoid diving in to Catholic bubbles where we think everything is “safe”, and how Catholic feminists can respond to tricky conversations about sex. www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/simcha

Mar 07, 2018
49: Can Men Be Feminists? ft. Levi Rash
47:12

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is whether or not I believe men can be feminists. Considering I’ve said many times that Jesus was a feminist, I’d hope the answer would be obvious! But I also thought it would be super fun to have a guy on the podcast to talk about how he views feminism. Enter: Levi Rash, a regional director with FOCUS, a dear friend, a father…and my former boss! 👍🏻 Levi and I talk about if men can be feminists, what healthy boundaries can be put in place for male/female friendships, and his past as an acapella singer. For more info, go to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/levi

Feb 28, 2018
MINISODE: 40 Days to a Feminist Faith is back!
09:53

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Feb 27, 2018
48: The Other Side of Beauty ft. Leah Darrow
34:38

Today on the podcast, I’m chatting with someone many of you are familiar with: former Top Model contestant/current amazing Catholic woman Leah Darrow. I know this ain’t the confessional but I have something to get off my chest…I used to be a HUGE Top Model fan. My friends and I had watch parties in high school and I’m pretty sure there are embarrassing fake “audition” tapes we made floating around somewhere. But Leah exposes a side of the beauty industry that our current culture is often wary to admit: the side that uses women as PRODUCTS, not people.

Leah and I talk about a range of topics, from why she left modeling to whether or not there’s a place for worldly “beauty” in the Catholic landscape. We also discuss her new book, The Other Side of Beauty. If you’d like to enter to WIN a copy of her book, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/leahd. It was a real treat to speak with this podcaster, wife, mom, writer, speaker, and daughter of God, and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

Feb 21, 2018
47: Radical Faith and Filmmaking ft. Erin Dooley
35:13

Ash Wednesday seems like the perfect day to discuss a film that tackles a tricky topic: brokenness. Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Erin Dooley, an award-winning filmmaker who’s latest Christian musical breaks down what it means to be Broken & Beautiful. We talk about what inspired her to move to LA, how she thrives in her faith in such a secular, cutthroat culture, and why more Catholics should get involved in the arts. Enjoy. For more information, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/erind. 

Feb 14, 2018
46: Q & A with Claire Swinarski
37:44

IT'S SEASON 2! Today, we're celebrating the return of the show by answering a few questions on how Catholics should discern who to vote for, whether feminists can wear chapel veils, and what other podcasts can help boost your faith life. Enjoy!

 

Feb 07, 2018
Finding Hope Within Human Trafficking ft. Rebekah Lemke
41:25

When I was five, the biggest issue I had was that my mom was forcing me to take ballet lessons…and if you know me, you’re probably not surprised to hear it didn’t stick. But hey, at least I wasn’t being sold into slavery.

 

Yup—a five year old. That’s just one of the stories today’s podcast guest, Rebekah Lemke, has about her work on human trafficking victims. Rebekah recently returned from a trip abroad where she was able to meet with victims up close, learn their stories, and help them move forward. We talk all about the different types of human trafficking, how you as an average person can help victims, and the importance of shopping ethically. Did you know there are more slaves now than in any time in human history?! That’s insane. We have to learn more about it so we can start preventing it. Link in profile! ☕️

 

Speaking of shopping ethically: This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

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Dec 13, 2017
44: The Journey of Infertility and Adoption ft. Amanda Teixeira
41:52

You know when you have your life planned out, you present it to God, and He whips up something totally different than you had imagined? That’s what happened to today’s podcast guest, Amanda Teixeira. It was great to have Amanda back on the show to talk about her journey with infertility and adopting her two amazing daughters! Amanda shares what she’s done to try and get her fertility back on track (it’s more like what HASN’T she done…), how she heard God calling her and her family to adoption, and how she and her husband utilized social media to locate the birth mothers of their two daughters. Something we talked about that I had never even thought about was the deep connection Amanda feels with her daughter’s birth mothers. This episode is perfect for anyone concerned about their own fertility or feeling a call to adoption. 

 

This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

 

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Dec 06, 2017
43: Embracing Advent ft. Emily Schaefer
39:54

It’s almost Advent! What is the meaning of the season? Are you allowed to put up your Christmas tree pre-Christmas? What is the best version of O Come O Come Emmanuel?! All of these and more will be answered during our special advent season featuring youth minister Emily Schaefer. Emily talks about what a Pixar movie has to do with Advent, why she’s responsible for my marriage (it’s true!) and what gives Advent a different spirit than Lent. Enjoy!

 

This episode is sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

 

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Nov 29, 2017
42: Healing From Postpartum Depression ft. Sarah Norton
33:53

Today we’re chatting with Sarah Norton from Mental: The Podcast all about her journey with postpartum depression. We talked all about her journey with PPD, why she decided to start a podcast about it, and what to do if you feel like you may have PPD. Sarah’s story is so inspiring: I can’t imagine having a newborn AND having an overwhelming feeling of depression. This is a very common (and pro-life) issue that I rarely hear discussed within the context of Catholics, so it was incredibly interesting to chat with Sarah. Enjoy!

 

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This episode is also sponsored by the first ever Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide produced by CRS Ethical Trade. Christmas can be stressful when we are constantly trying to find the perfect present. But when you buy from companies that you know care about the environment and the workers who make their products, you know you are doing something good.

 

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Nov 22, 2017
41: Don't be Afraid of the Word "Feminist" ft. Sam Povlock
38:55

On today’s podcast we’re chatting with the one and only Sam Povlock of FemCatholic! We talked about why she started her popular blog, why she identifies as a feminist, and why so many Catholics don’t resonate with that particular word. She makes the awesome point that all of the “hot button” issues in the Catholic Church (abortion, male priesthood, etc.) are all woman-centric and it can either drive women to or away from the Church. We also talked about how tough it is to be a working mom and how we can’t believe in 2017 we’re still arguing about whether or not women “should” work. Enjoy!

 

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Nov 15, 2017
40: Growing Closer to God Through Grief ft. Ashleigh Murtha
48:14

Have you ever had to confront God about a seemingly insurmountable tragedy? Today’s podcast guest, graduate student Ashleigh Murtha, is speaking with us about how her faith was shaken after the death of her father. Grief is a powerful, individualized process, but Ashleigh speaks beautifully about how she grew closer to God after going through something so difficult. 

 

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Nov 08, 2017
Are You a Liberal or Conservative Catholic? ft. Ashley McKinless
30:29

Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Ashley McKinless, an editor at America Magazine and the host of the podcast Jesuitical. Ashley and I chat all about how she got started at America and what she thinks about the “great divide” in Catholics right now. Let’s be real—when people say “Jesuits”, a lot of Catholics have opinions that are simply untrue. It was fun clearing it all up with Ashley and learning why Jesuits are a treasured part of our Catholic faith! As an added bonus, I also threw my interview on Jesuitical onto the podcast feed for easy listening. (PS—Happy All Saints Day! All Saints in Heaven, pray for us!) For more info, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/ashley.

Nov 01, 2017
SPECIAL Episode: Catholic Feminist on Jesuitical!
38:01

I was honored to be interviewed by Jesuitical, America Magazine's podcast. Enjoy!

Nov 01, 2017
38: Race, Politics, and Being an Ally ft. Nnenda Chinda
36:50

Today on the podcast we’re speaking with Nnenda Chinda, a recent college grad living in the UK! Nnenda and I connected over Instagram and I knew I had to have her on the show. We talk all about the recent NFL anthem boycotts—her opinion might surprise you—as well as why she doesn’t think talking about “race” is getting political. I loved what she had to say about the differences between being Catholic in Nigeria vs. being Catholic in England, and she offered some great insight over how white women can be allies to our black Catholic sisters. We also talk about how we’re both so over the Catholic “teams”. Enjoy!

 
www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/nnenda
Oct 25, 2017
Therapy, Waiting, and Sharing Yourself Online ft. Christina Dehan Jaloway
51:05

Today on the podcast we’ve got Christina Jaloway, aka the Evangelista! I absolutely love Christina’s blog and it was an honor to have her on the show. We talk about all things therapy, mental health, and knowing what the “line” is when it comes to sharing online. I also love what she has to say about waiting being a cross, because who isn’t in a season of “waiting”?! Also, I drop some big news you may want to hear. For more info, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/christina.

Oct 18, 2017
Why Art and Beauty Matter ft. Dr. Elizabeth Lev
30:02

We’re chatting with Dr. Elizabeth Lev on the podcast today! An art historian and all-around lover of all things art, Dr. Lev has a fascinating perspective on why art and beauty are so important to the Catholic Church. She talks about why the Sistine Chapel has feminist undertones, her favorite pieces of religious art, and how art can be used to evangelize, uplift, and inspire. Enjoy! www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/lev

Oct 11, 2017
35: Conversions and Comparison ft. Sr. Miriam James Heidland
30:10

Today on the podcast I’m so excited to be chatting with Sr. Miriam James Heidland! Sr. Miriam is a sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, a speaker, a podcaster, and an all-around Catholic rockstar. We talk about everything from why she loves Twitter to having breakdowns in the grocery store to feeling like you’re representing the Catholic church to vocational discernment. You don’t want to miss this one! 

Oct 04, 2017
34: Living Your Faith Within Greek Life ft. Candice Mohapp
26:20

Today on the podcast, I’m speaking with Candace Mohapp! Candace was a student I had the honor of working with at Mizzou, and she’s a true example of living your faith within a sorority. Candice was not only the president of Alpha Chi Omega, but she led a Bible study within her sorority and was able to bring her sisters closer to Christ. Candice and I have a great conversation about the importance of evangelization among your friends, the benefits of Greek life for college women, and why she decided to become a missionary after college. Enjoy! 

Sep 27, 2017
33: Race and the Catholic Church ft. Gloria Purvis
41:47

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with speaker Gloria Purvis all about what it’s like to be a black woman in the Catholic Church. We have a fascinating conversation on what white privilege actually means, how she felt watching what went down in Charlottesville, and what white Catholics can do to love their WOC sisters a little more. I know I say this almost every single week but this was honestly one of my favorite interviews and I hope you enjoy! For more info, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/gloria. 

Sep 20, 2017
MINISODE: Living Green as a Young Adult
17:15

On today's minisode, I chat with Alley Peplinski about her recent attempts to live a greener lifestyle as a young adult in Milwaukee. Enjoy!

Sep 13, 2017
32: Rejecting Throwaway Culture and Loving the Earth ft. Haley Stewart
38:19

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Haley Stewart, the writer behind Carrots for Michaelmas. Haley is one of my favorite bloggers and it was a blast to have her on the show to talk about rejecting throwaway culture and caring for Mother Nature. Haley and I talked about why Catholics in particular should care for the Earth, even when it seems like there’s “more important” things to be worried about, and how she was influenced by Laudato Si. I also loved chatting with her about her love for Jane Austen, Mad Men, and other pop culture phenomenons. Haley is also generously giving away a copy of her e-book, Feast, a guide to liturgical living and dining. For more info, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/haley. 

 

Sep 13, 2017
Singleness and Wrestling With God’s Timing ft. Marissa Mullins
58:04
Today on the podcast, I got to interview my dear friend Marissa about being single when you know you’re called to marriage. Marissa drops some bomb dot com wisdom nuggets about wrestling with God’s timing and accepting that it’s so much better than ours. She offers great advice for married women on how to love our single friends better and what NOT to say to your single friends. Marissa is also in graduate school to become a nurse practitioner and has a major passion for bioethics, so we talk about her job in the ER, her struggle with ovarian cysts, and how to love others where you’re at. Enjoy! For more information, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/marissa
Sep 06, 2017
What If You Don't "Get Anything" Out of Mass? ft. Kassie Manning
32:17

I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode! When I saw Kassie's beautiful Mass journals, Every Sacred Sunday, I fell in love with their gorgeous design and simple-yet-powerful meaning. Today, I have Kassie on to talk about why she and her business partner launched Every Sacred Sunday, her career as a scientist, and what to do if you feel like you aren’t “getting anything” out of Mass. Kassie drops some serious wisdom and it was an honor to chat with her. 

Aug 30, 2017
Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and Engaging with Pop Culture ft. Erica Johnson
46:11

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Erica Johnson, a writer, photographer, and professional Fangirl. After reading a blogpost on why Catholics shouldn’t read Harry Potter, I wanted to have a lighthearted episode on why Catholics should engage with pop culture and what things like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and particularly Wonder Woman can teach us about Jesus and feminism. Erica also talked about sexism within the “nerd” industry and how to be who you truly are in a world that tries to push us into boxes. For more information, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/ericaj. 

Aug 23, 2017
Living and Thriving on the Sexuality Spectrum ft. Anna Carter
52:24

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Anna Carter, the co-founder of The Eden Invitation. Anna is a daughter of God who experiences bisexuality while living and thriving in the Catholic Church. Anna talks about discovering she wasn’t only attracted to men, how straight feminists can love their not-so-straight sisters more, and how her life has been shaped by Jesus Christ. (PS: we swear a bit, so this episode may not be suited for little ears!) For more information go to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/anna.

Aug 16, 2017
How Beauty Saves and Alcoholism Destructs ft. Erica Tighe
41:25

Today on the podcast, I’m honored to be chatting with Erica Tighe. Erica is the founder of Be A Heart Design, which has worked with clients like Blessed Is She and Leah Darrow. Erica has an amazing story about being inspired to start her company, learning how to discern God’s will in our lives, and overcoming an alcohol addiction. We also talk quite a bit about beauty, and why it even matters in the world. When refugees are struggling to escape their countries and people are struggling with mental illness and our earth is slowly being destroyed, why does pretty calligraphy matter? Erica has such a great response to that question, and I can’t wait for y’all to hear it! Head over to iTunes, Stitcher, or thecaholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/erica.

Aug 09, 2017
Theology of the Body and the Pain of Miscarriage ft. Carrie Archual
36:41

Today on the podcast we’re speaking with Carrie Archual of the Theology of the Body Institute! Carrie is speaking with us about TOB and what it says about men vs. women. We also talk about her two miscarriages and how we as Catholics should respond to this tragedy. Lastly, we discuss PPD and the effect its had on her life and her family. These are some taboo topics that I was honored to speak with Carrie about. I mean, think about it—if we believe abortion is a child dying…we should believe the same about miscarriage. We should properly mourn miscarried babies and support our friends going through this tragedy, but instead, we usually just feel uncomfortable talking about it. I was so grateful that Carrie was vulnerable and honest, and it was a pleasure to speak with her. For more info, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/carrie

Aug 02, 2017
MINISODE: 40 Days to a Feminist Faith
09:56
This e-retreat is for any woman who feels frustrated. Who feels like there’s no space for her, no room for her, no love for her. Who feels like the Catholic side of her and the feminist side of her are constantly wrestling, tearing at each other’s throats, wondering w-h-y people don’t see things the way she does. This is for the woman who can’t quite articulate those difficult views, who doesn’t know how to live as a strong woman in the workforce, who’s trying to discern God’s will for her life. This retreat is for women of God and I made it, sister, just for you. For forty days, we’re going to be praying together, learning together, and growing together. Head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/feministfaith to sign up. Doors close in three weeks; the retreat is from 8/23-10/1.
Aug 01, 2017
Embracing Freedom in Your Finances ft. Amanda Teixeira
44:57
Jesus tells us not to worry about money, right? And the rich man is supposed to give everything he has to the poor. But how do we balance these true, beautiful Bible stories with a real need to, um…pay off student loans, save up for a house, donate money, buy sustainable clothing, put food on the table, etc.? Today’s podcast guest, Amanda Teixeira has the answer. Amanda talks all about why Catholics should care about their bank accounts, why it isn’t unbiblical to care about money, and how you can take small steps today that will pay off in your financial future. This episode is perfect for anyone struggling to pay off debt, wondering when they’ll ever get the chance to give as much as they’d like to, or wishing they could reconcile a prudent desire to save with a concern that they’re over-obsessed with finances. I can’t wait for you to tune in! Today's episode is sponsored by Prep Dish, the easy-to-use meal planning subscription service. Go to prepdish.com and enter TCF for a free trial. For more information, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/amanda
Jul 26, 2017
Life With Mother Teresa and Doing Small Things With Great Love ft. Mother Mary Catherine
43:47
You all KNOW how much I love St. Teresa of Calcutta. Today, I’m honored to share a conversation with a sister who worked with Mama T for years. Mother Mary Catherine, the founder of the Missionaries of the Word, was a Missionary of Charity before an illness sent her home. Her firsthand stories of Mother Teresa’s kindness, humor, and generosity will make your day. We also talk about the idea of going “all in” with Jesus and Mother Mary Catherine shares her best tips for vocational discernment. This episode is perfect for anyone considering the religious life or struggling with letting God have her whole heart. Enjoy! For more information, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/mothermarycatherine
 
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Jul 19, 2017
Lightening the Load and Clinging to Prayer ft. Elise Crawford
40:48

Today, we’re speaking with Elise Crawford. Elise is an entrepreneur, wife-to-be, and all around awesome Catholic woman! We talk about how she decided to launch her business, Ringlet, as well as how she views the comparison trap (hint: it’s not how you’d expect!) and the importance of incorporating prayer into everyday decisions. I loved her input on putting less pressure on ourselves and lightening the load we’re carrying by embracing Jesus. We also talk more about why she decided to market her business to women business owners and why she felt called to be a working woman. If you’re interested in diving into your career, you won’t want to miss this episode! For more information, check out thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/elise. Today’s episode is sponsored by @PrepDish, the easy-to-use meal planning program that makes busy wives’ lives a LOT easier. Head to prepdish.com and use TCF at checkout for a free 2-week trial.

Jul 12, 2017
Faith, Feminism, and the Vocation of Marriage ft. Ana Glaze
45:48

Is marriage a feminist vocation? Today’s guest certainly thinks so! We’re talking to Ana Glaze, one half of That Catholic Couple on YouTube. She and her husband share daily vlogs for their fans (hey doughnut squad!) about life as a fun, faithful Catholic couple. Ana beautifully shares why she and her husband started vlogging, how to keep marriage a vocation instead of an idol, how she balances being a strong wife with that awkward Bible verse about listening to your husband, how her own fractured relationship with her father has affected her marriage, and the importance of weekly family meetings. We also talk about the beauty of counseling and the impact therapy has made in Ana’s life. Ana is hilarious, smart, and super fun to talk to, so I’m honored to share our conversation today! For more information, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/ana. Today’s episode is sponsored by @PrepDish, the easy-to-use meal planning program that makes busy wives’ lives a LOT easier. Head to prepdish.com and use TCF at checkout for a free 2-week trial.

Jul 05, 2017
Cultivating a Global Mindset ft. Beth Awalt
36:18

Today we’re chatting with Beth Awalt, the co-founder of The Starfish Foundation. Beth shares how a mission trip radically transformed her heart and inspired her to start living with a more global cultural perspective. Beth shares how people like you and me can make a lasting impact in the world without traveling all the way to Ecuador—and how if it feels insurmountable, maybe we need to focus on helping just one person. It was a great conversation and I’m so honored to be sharing it with you today!

Jun 28, 2017
Living Your Faith and Feminism in a Secular Office Setting ft. Terri Meyerhofer
43:45


Today we’re chatting with Terri Meyerhofer, a civil engineer, wife, gardener, and my former college roommate. I’ve had plenty of emails requesting this topic, and so I’m SO excited to bring it to you! Terri talks all about living out her faith in an office setting. How does she make time for prayer? Does she talk about her faith with her coworkers? How does she respond to sexism in the office? Terri has some great insight in juggling her faith and her career, and I can’t wait for you to tune in. For more information, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/terri. 

Jun 21, 2017
How Can I Talk About Abortion In a Truthful, Loving Way? ft. Sr. Virginia Joy
31:53

When speaking about abortion, things can quickly catapult from a calm, caring conversation to an all-out political war. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Today, we have Sr. Virginia Joy from the Sisters of Life on the podcast talking about how the pro-life movement can more effectively communicate. I absolutely love her tips, from “delighting” in others to one popular phrase you should AVOID using. We also chatted about discerning your vocation and the “call within the call”. To quote Sister, “A woman should be able to have a career AND motherhood AND proper housing.” Can I get an Amen?! If you’ve ever met the Sisters of Life, you know that they’re a joyful bunch and it was such an honor to speak with Sr. Virginia Joy today!  For more information, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/sistersoflife

Jun 14, 2017
Ethical Shopping and Embracing Fair Trade ft. Erin Mackey
29:27

We’ve all seen the words “ethical trade” on coffee or chocolate, but what does that really mean? Today, we’re chatting with Erin Mackey from Catholic Relief Services about ethical trade, ethical shopping, and slow fashion. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about saving money, so we also discuss how to shop ethically on a budget. 👌🏾 It’s so important to think about where the things we buy come from. It makes a serious impact in the world and people’s lives. That’s why chatting with Erin as so great—I learned a ton about how to spot things made ethically vs. not and how to change my spending habits to be more focused on the humanity of others instead of just snagging a good deal. Also, Catholic Relief Services has genuinely donated a gift basket of some super fun ethically made items. To enter to win, head over to the shownotes at www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/erin

Jun 07, 2017
What Losing Everything I Own Taught Me About Jesus ft. Kallin Zehren
42:41

This year, Tulane senior Kallin Zehren lost everything she had in a house fire. Her and her roommates came home one night to a house ablaze—and it was completely destroyed. Her story of the generosity of others moved me deeply and helped me see that the only thing left when everything else is gone is Jesus. Her story is incredibly inspiring and I hope you feel the same way! For more information check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/kallin

May 31, 2017
Surviving Assault and Offering Radical Forgiveness ft. Rosario Rodriguez
55:40

Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Rosario Rodriguez, an inspirational speaker. Rosario has survived two violent assaults—she was attacked by a serial rapist in high school, and then in her early adult years was mugged and shot on the streets of Los Angeles. Her story is amazing, but what’s really beautiful about it is her heart of forgiveness. In today’s society, forgiveness is often seen as weak. It’s even seen as anti-feminist sometimes. I mean, forgiving a man who’s committed sexual assault?! Aren’t they the worst kind of evil? While the act is horrendous, Jesus has given us clear instructions to show the same amount of mercy that we expect in return. This counter-cultural idea is pretty crazy, but hearing Rosario tell her story and express her heart has been so eye-opening for me. Enjoy! (Also: this episode may not be appropriate for little ears, as we do describe some violence.) For more information, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/rosario. 

May 24, 2017