Roaming across social media, there are countless faithful men and women that are Catholic Christians. Within this thriving community, there are many reverts, converts, and cradle Catholics that have varying careers, interests and skills. This podcast seeks to inform the many members of social media about the faith journey and passions of a familiar Catholic that is living out their faith in love.
In this episode, Vanesa provides a helpful understanding of why liberation theology is a necessary framework and how it can aid the Church. Also, she shares her influential Latino Catholic faith journey.
In this episode, Justin takes us into his experiences and thoughts as he joined the Catholic faith. Moreover, he shares his discernment process to the priesthood and what inspired him to launch the BLACKCATHOLIC apostolate.
In this episode, Scott Weeman shares his powerful testimony of recovery and fully embracing his Catholic faith. Also, Scott shares the inspiration and transformative work his nonprofit does with Catholic in Recovery, a ministry dedicated to breaking chains of addictions and unhealthy attachments.
Lionel Riley shares why ADOS, American Descendants of Slavery, demand social and economic justice in the United States. Also, he highlights his work as an advocate against environmental injustice in Louisiana. Follow him @LionelRiley8
Dr. Darrick Taylor shares how he discovered the Catholic Church and why he started Controversies in Church History, a teaching series dedicated to helping young Catholics learn more about the history of the Catholic Church. Follow his work @ControversiesH and https://churchcontroversies.com/
In this episode, Richard shares how a deeper appreciation of Catholic moral theology helped him find his way back to the Church. Moreover, he highlights his passion for social advocacy. Follow him@rich_catholic. Read his work here: https://catholicstand.com/author/richard-g-evans/
In this episode, Tamaia shares how her pursuit for Christian truth led her to find the Catholic Church. Also, she invites us into her world of social work and what influenced her to pick a career in this field. Follow her at: @MaiaArising
In this episode, Jose shares his Catholic faith journey of openness to truth and finding God through various life experiences. Moreover, he discusses what it means to be an ambassador for Christ through his witness as an educator. Follow him @WeirdEducator
In this episode, Bret Ware shares the power of worshiping as a family in the Catholic Church. Moreover, he gives us a peak into what influenced him to become a public servant in local politics. Follow him @blkunicornbcw
Some things we discuss during the interview
What's your background (were you raised in a particular church?)
What drew you to the Catholic Church?
What was it like choosing to become part of a church with such a small African-American population? Did that enter into your thinking?
Have you experienced discrimination because of your race within the Catholic Church?
When white people (or white Catholics in particular) ask, "What can I do to promote justice and fight against racism?" what is your response?
In this episode, Teresa shares her story! She gives us a glimpse into her upbringing as a Catholic and her motivation for pursing various branches of science. Also, she shares her experiences in data science. A firm believer in the power of inquiry and faith, Teresa is a powerful witness of the Catholic faith.
For this episode, I was able to snag Sam Rocha. During our time, we talked about his upbringing in a lay missionary household and his experiences in the Catholic faith. Also, he shared what it's like to work in academia and education.
In this episode, Drew Martin takes us on a dive into how faith and reason impacted his faith journey. Moreover, he gives us a glimpse into the practices and responsibilities of working in oil and gas law. Listen to how he weaves his Catholic faith in the field of law! Follow him @IgnotasArtes
In this episode, Sarah shares her experiences growing up in a household that fostered the Catholic faith. Also, she gives the ins and outs of taking care of her husband and children. She strives to show the love of Christ in the vocation of matrimony and parenthood.
In this episode, Josh Hengemuhle shares his experience growing up as a faithful and practicing cradle Catholic. There has never been a time when Josh hasn't been nourished by the sacramental life and teachings of the Church. Moreover, he gives his experience as an Assistant Dead of Students and why Catholic higher education matters. Follow him @hangamule
In this episode, Nate shares his journey from various denominations in Protestantism to discovering the Eastern Orthodox Church. From his studies, he examined the truth claims of Catholicism which lead him to discover Black Catholicism. Also in this episode, Nate discusses how he got into the field of singing and the experiences he's had while performing. Follow him on Twitter :@natemup. Check his music out: https://www.youtube.com/user/natemup
In this episode, Justin McClain shares his upbringing of going through the motions as a cradle Catholic but eventually a powerful turning point happened that strengthened his faith. After being introduced to the field of education, he decided to take on this career as a passionate ambassador for the Catholic faith. Follow him @JustinMcClainOP. Find his books by Ave Maria Press: https://www.avemariapress.com/author/697/Justin-McClain/
In this episode, I speak with Kevin Harmon who is currently a seminarian at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary. After leaving the faith during his teenage years, he reverted back with a desire for stronger intellectual foundations in the Catholic faith. After college, he felt a yearning in his heart to give his life to God and eventually found himself entering seminary. While studying for the priesthood, he picked up a strong passion for Thomism and Neo-Scholasticism. You can follow him @RomanThomism
In this episode, I speak with Rebecca Christian about her upbringing as a cradle Catholic and reversion to the Catholic Church. In addition, Rebecca highlights her work as a Catholic Christian doula. In this role, she provides emotional and physical support during labor and postpartum aid to help families thrive with their new infant. Follow her @thebexbecbecca
In this episode, I speak with Jermaine Bagnall about this faith journey and career as a producer. Baptized as a Catholic, he then took a spiritual detour into Protestantism. At the suggestion of his girlfriend (now fiancée) he attended a midnight Mass and eventually enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Also, he discusses his exciting journey and role in the media Industry as a producer. He currently works at Salt and Light Television as a producer. Follow him @jermainebagnall.
In this episode, I speak with Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg, Ph.D. about her upbringing in Congregationalism to her influential brother guiding her into the Catholic faith. Moreover, she highlights her story as an advocate for equitable special education services for families that have children with individual differences and learning needs. Follow her at @LydiaOcasioS.