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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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!

This episode is brought to you by Audible. For a 30-day trial and a free audio book, like Woman Code by Alissa Vitti, head to audibletrial.com/catholic.

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
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
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
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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Today’s episode is brought to you by Boba, my absolute favorite baby wrap. To check out these cute, cozy carriers, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/boba.

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!

www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/fabiola

 

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. 

www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/emilya

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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

Today’s episode was brought to you by Rose Harrington, a home to botanical rosary art inspired by the tradition of Mary Gardens as well as paper and ceramic hand lettered goods, all made in the USA. Head to roseharrington.com and pick up some gorgeous art for your home while supporting a Catholic entrepreneur. 

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! 

 

www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/amber

 

Today’s episode was brought to you by Rose Harrington, a home to botanical rosary art inspired by the tradition of Mary Gardens as well as paper and ceramic hand lettered goods, all made in the USA. Head to roseharrington.com and pick up some gorgeous art for your home while supporting a Catholic entrepreneur. 

 

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

 

Today’s episode was brought to you by Rose Harrington, a home to botanical rosary art inspired by the tradition of Mary Gardens as well as paper and ceramic hand lettered goods, all made in the USA. Head to roseharrington.com and pick up some gorgeous art for your home while supporting a Catholic entrepreneur. 

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

Today’s episode was brought to you by the Meaningful Market. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful print for your home or a fashionable tank with a truthful message, you can find what you’re looking for at meaningfulmarketshop.com and support a Catholic entrepreneur at the same time. For 15% off your first order, enter discount code “TCFPOD15.” 

 

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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. 

 

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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
SPECIAL Episode: Catholic Feminist on Jesuitical!
38:01

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

Nov 01, 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
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!

 
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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
Eschewing Gender Stereotypes and Embracing Complimentarianism ft. Shannon ochoa
34:45

We've all been hit with stupid, degrading gender stereotypes before. But we've also heard the secular world insist that there are no differences between men and women. Edith Stein believed that the truth lay somewhere in the middle, and our guest today, Shannon Ochoa, agrees! We talk about how to handle negative stereotypes, how to be a Catholic wife and mother even if you're single and childless, and how rape culture has affected our humanity as women. For more info, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/shannon.

May 17, 2017
Dating With Dignity In Our Modern Culture ft. Lisa Cotter
39:27

Today, I'm speaking with Catholic speaker, writer, and mama Lisa Cotter about how to date with dignity in our modern, messed-up culture. Lisa and I talk about 3 dating myths that Catholic women need to stop listening to, how to go on a "dating detox", the importance of defining the relationship, and much more. For all links mentioned in this episode and to win a copy of Lisa's book, Dating Detox, head over to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/lisa. 

May 10, 2017
Cultivating Catholic Community ft. Jenna Guizar
32:56

This week I’m speaking with Jenna Guizar, the founder of Blessed Is She. If you’re not familiar with BIS, it’s a ministry for Catholic women who are seeking support in their walk with the Lord. Their daily devotionals are sent to thousands of women every morning who are trying to squeeze in time for prayer in between pediatrician appointments and college exams, and they’ve been so vital to my own faith journey. For more information, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jenna.

May 03, 2017
Why Being Pro-Life Is Being Pro-Woman ft. Abby Johnson
43:11

Today, we speak with former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson about the pro-life movement. We talk about some myths Planned Parenthood perpetuates, how abortion harms women, and some common mistakes many in the pro-life movement are currently making. For more information, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/abby

Apr 26, 2017
Healing From Disordered Eating By the Grace of God ft. Megan McDermott
39:24

Today, I'm speaking with Megan McDermott, a nursing student from Nebraska, on how she healed from an eating disorder in college with the help of God. This episode is perfect for anyone who's struggling with any sort of negative body image, whether it's annoying thoughts, full-blown bulimia, or anywhere in between. Megan's story is vulnerable, beautiful, and God-honoring. For more info or to sign up for the Authentic Beauty Challenge, head over to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/megan.

Apr 19, 2017
The Dignity of the Poor and Homeless ft. Yvonne Chamberlain
44:15

Helping the poor? It isn’t easy. Understanding homelessness and systematic racism? It’s a lot to unpack. But today, we have Yvonne Chamberlain on the podcast talking about the dignity of the poor and homeless. A former coordinator at a homeless shelter, Yvonne shared some beautiful insights about how to treat the poor, aka God’s most beloved. If you’re like me, and struggling to understand how you can help alleviate poverty in a meaningful, evangelization-minded way, this episode is perfect for you. For more info, check out thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/yvonne. 

Apr 12, 2017
Women's Healthcare and Natural Family Planning ft. Leah Jacobson
37:59

"Isn't Natural Family Planning just Catholic birth control?" "Can you really care about women's health if you don't support Planned Parenthood?" "Do women really need to understand their fertility?" "What's so bad about IVF?" We answer all these and more this week as I chat with Leah Jacobson, the founder of the Guiding Star Project. Leah has her Master's Degree in women's health and wellness, and she's here to chat with us about women's healthcare and natural family planning. For more information on this week's episode, head to thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/leah. 

Apr 05, 2017
How Creating Art Can Bring Us Closer to God ft. Audrey Assad
30:48

This week, I'm chatting with Audrey Assad, an award-winning Christian singer. Audrey and I chat about Syrian refugees, her conversion to Catholicism, her struggles with recording her latest album, and her own musical influences. For more info and to unlock an exclusive mini episode, head on over to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/audrey

Mar 29, 2017
Valuing the Sacrament of Marriage in a Pinterest-Perfect Wedding ft. Jiza Zito
30:48

Today we're chatting with Jiza Zito, the co-founder of Catholic wedding resource SpokenBride.com. Whether you're single, married, or planning your big day, it's important to understand the vocation of married life and how that fits in to your wedding day. We talk about how Jiza's time at the Theology of the Body Institute taught her the importance of loving yourself before entering married life, how to use your wedding as an evangelization tool, and why she started a wedding blog just for Catholics. For more info, head to www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jiza

Mar 22, 2017
How Women Can and Should Utilize Leadership Skills ft. Jane Voelker
27:19

Can women lead men at work? It seems obvious, but there are plenty of people who don't understand that although Eve was created to be a "helpmate", she can also be a leader. Today, I'm chatting with Jane Voelker who works on the regional level at FOCUS. Jane supervises over 20 people and has amazing leadership skills, so it was great to speak with her about how Catholic women can lead in the workplace, what resources they should utilize, and how that one verse in Timothy we all love to hate actually aligns with this idea just fine. For more details, check out www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/jane

Mar 15, 2017
How Catholics Should Respond To The Refugee Crisis ft. Megan Gilbert
28:16

Megan Gilbert from Catholic Relief Services joins us to talk about why the refugee crisis exists, what it's like to be a refugee, and how Catholics in the US can help. She also breaks down why caring for refugees is a key component of the Christian faith. If the political climate has got you feelin' down, you don't want to miss this episode! Check out thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/megan for more info.

Mar 08, 2017
Serving On International Missions With A Humble Heart ft. Tori Vissat
43:51

Tori Vissat from FOCUS Missions joins us to talk about avoiding voluntourism when serving abroad. She also discusses the importance of international missions, how to approach them in a prayerful + respectful manner, and different groups that offer international mission trips. For more information on this episode, head over to TheCatholicFeministPodcast.com/shownotes/tori. 

Mar 08, 2017
How To Talk About Politics On Social Media Without Losing Your Friends Or Your Soul ft. Jenny Uebbing
26:25

Jenny Uebbing, the blogger behind Mama Needs Coffee, joins us to talk about why she decided to stop posting about politics on social media. She recently wrote: "I’ve been assiduously avoiding engaging in any overtly political discourse with strangers or friends via social media. It is not helpful. It does not bring me joy. It does not cultivate depth or growth between myself and those digital friends with whom I am in true relationship. I am watching the news with one eye, checking headlines every day or so, but not consuming piece after piece dictating to me what I should think about what is going on in the world and in our country right now." Jenny gives some valuable insight on how Catholics should engage in political discourse both online and off in a loving, charitable way. Check out thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/shownotes/mamaneedscoffee for more info.

Mar 08, 2017
Navigating PTSD & Launching a Business ft. Jenny Parulski
38:19

Although mental illness affects millions of people around the world, some Christians continue to insist on "praying it away" or just "offering it up". In this episode, CEO + Founder of Crafting the Woods, Jenny Parulski, describes her journey with PTSD and how she handled it in a God honoring way by seeking therapy. We also discuss the ups and downs of starting a business and resources for any Catholic feeling the call to entrepreneurship. To get 10% off of one of Jenny's signs, head to CraftingTheWoods.com and enter the word "podcast" at checkout! For more notes about this episode, head to TheCatholicFeministPodcast.com/shownotes/jenny.

Mar 08, 2017
The Church Hates Women And Other Lies On The Internet ft. Claire Swinarski
10:23

Welcome to the Catholic Feminist! This introductory episode explains who I am and what you can expect when you turn in. 

Mar 01, 2017