We can often expect God to communicate His presence in very grand ways: a burning bush, parting sea, or pillar of cloud. But more times than not, God chooses the simple, quiet, and seemingly ordinary moments of daily life to communicate His love. Chosen, a Region Catholic Production, spends time each week reflecting on the ways God shows us his love and how to best respond.
Chosen, A Region Catholic Production.
Chosen, A Region Catholic Production.
Bonus Episode: Christ in the City
The call to serve the poor is one that comes directly from Jesus himself. Those who are missionaries with Christ in the City have answered that call in a very unique and real way. While working in Michigan City, IN this summer, Fr. Jacob and Adam got to spend some time with two of those people, hear their stories, and learn more about this unique ministry to the poor. Learn to see the homeless in a new way and get some ideas on how to truly "encounter" everyone you meet. Click here for a brief explanation of Christ in the City. Click here for their website.
June 14, 2021
Christ-like Leadership: Interview with Bishop McClory
Roman Catholic Bishops claim direct descendance from the Apostles themselves, as the Catholic Church promises to have apostolic authority. This week, Adam and Fr. Jacob sit down with Bishop Robert McClory, Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, IN, to learn more about leadership, what leadership modeled after Jesus Christ has to look like, and what seems to be missing from our world today in terms of leadership. You won't wont want to miss it!
June 7, 2021
Church Authority: Says Who?
In our current world, authority is seen as something to be avoided and maybe even something to disassemble. However, the Catholic Church is known for her hierarchical structure of different authority entrusted to its ranks. Was this intended by Jesus? If so, what is the advantage? Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they explore the idea of authority, and why someone being in charge is not really that bad.
May 24, 2021
The Faith on the Frontlines (with Jaycob Knazur)
Last week, Fr. Jacob and Adam explored the intellectual life and the Catholic Church. This week, Jaycob Knazur, principal of Andrean High Catholic High School in Merrillville, IN, joins as a guest to give an account from the frontlines of the high school classroom. Listen to the triumphs, challenges, and outlook for the future for Catholic education to stay front and center.
May 10, 2021
Catholic Pursuit of Truth
There are a lot of different ideas, philosophies, and lifestyles that are floating around our world and culture. Is one way of life better than another, is there a better way of thinking, or can someone really say an idea is wrong? Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they crack into the intellectual tradition of our Catholic faith, what our faith tells us about intellectual pursuits, and who is behind of some of the current ideas that float around our culture.
April 26, 2021
Faith, Hope, & the Young Church (with Vicky Hathaway)
Much of the time, the sentiment related to young people and the Catholic Church is negative and pessimistic. Young people are leaving, they are not coming back for sacraments, and the outlook is bleak. Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they talk with Vicky Hathaway, Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Gary, who certainly has a different outlook filled with passion, hope, and a brighter time to come. There is hope for the future, and listen how it is possible to draw young people back!
April 12, 2021
The Harvest Is Ready: Young Adults and the Church
The story of young adults, those who are 18-39, and the Church in our recent time has been a rocky one. There are definitely setbacks that the Church has to face in ministering to young adults, but opportunities abound. The question is, how can we call those back who have wondered away, and how can the Church care for those young adults who have stayed in her pews? Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they discuss the topic of young adults and the Church!
March 29, 2021
LIVE from Queen of All Saints: Listening and Being Disciples
In our world today, listening seems to often be in short supply. Join Adam and Fr. Jacob and they discuss what is means to listen, build relationships, and share the Gospel. This episode was recorded live from Queen of All Saints in Michigan City a portion of the Faith Coach Master Class. For more information see qas.org.
March 25, 2021
Real Life Real Evangelization
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they interview Gina Boeding (FOCUS missionary at Valparaiso University) and Megan Jones (Communications Director at St. Michael the Archangel Parish) about the topic of the New Evangelization. Through things like social media and building relationships, Megan and Gina share the simple and beautiful ways we can spread the love of Christ in our everyday lives.
March 15, 2021
Have You Heard the News??
Evangelization is a buzzword in Catholic circles and it is thrown around often. What does it really mean and are all Catholics called to evangelize? Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they talk about the "New Evangelization" and how it impacts your Catholic faith.
March 1, 2021
LIVE from St. Matthias: From Ashes to Glory
Lent is 40 days in the desert as we prepare for Easter. But is that really it? Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they stream live from St. Matthias in Crown Point, IN to explore the three pillars of Lent, why Catholics do it, and some ideas for how to make this your best Lent yet. Special thanks to Fr. Jim at St. Matthias for making this possible!
February 17, 2021
LIVE From St. Michael's: St. Joseph and Lent
St. Joseph was literally a man of few words as he is not recorded saying anything in the Holy Scriptures. However, that doesn't mean he doesn't have anything to tell us about how to live our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they discuss St. Joseph concerning what we have to learn, how to learn from him, and how to apply it to the Lenten season. This episode was recorded LIVE from St. Michael Parish in Schererville, IN.
February 9, 2021
LIVE From St. T's: Dating and Discernment
Sometimes wondering about our future is frustrating and worrisome. Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they talk about discernment in the context of vocation to the celibate life or married life while still trying to keep a spirit of joy and patience. This episode was also recorded LIVE from Saint Teresa Student Center on the campus of Valparaiso University in conjunction with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Seek 2021 Conference.
February 6, 2021
Ever feel like you’ve been journeying with Jesus, experiencing His closeness and suddenly it feels like it disappears?Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they conclude their series on joy, particularly the final joyful mysteries of Jesus being presented and later found in the temple. Also, tune in for an important announcement!
January 4, 2021
The Cause of Our Joy: Christmas 2020
Join Fr Jacob and Adam as they welcome a very special guest to Chosen the podcast, Adam’s wife Molly! The three of them discuss the celebration of Christmas!
December 29, 2020
Called to Connection
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they continue in their series on joy with conversation about the Annunciation and Visitation! In this episode they discuss what it means to ‘find favor with God’ and how that ‘favor’ is meant to be reflected in our life in the way we relate with one another.
December 21, 2020
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they discuss what it means to be joyful and some practical tips to help maintain a disposition of joy even amidst the struggles of daily life! ‘Frosty the Snowman’ - Bing Crosby, 1962 ‘Wheel of Fortune’ - (https://sjatabletalk.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/09/gothic-rose-windows-the-wheel-of-fortune-christ-is-our-center.html) Cognitive Defusion - (https://www.google.com/amp/s/highfocuscenters.pyramidhealthcarepa.com/what-is-cognitive-defusion/amp/)
December 14, 2020
Not a Solo Endeavor
Join Fr. Jacob, Adam, and Fr. Declan as they discuss the necessity of friendship, the nature of their own friendship, and understanding our friends as pathways to holiness!
December 7, 2020
Sainthood Made Simple
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they discuss what the pursuit of holiness looks like in ordinary daily living, their own favorite saints, and about a soon to be saint who loved Pokémon and Mario! St. Thomas Aquinas (https://www.wordonfireshow.com/episode37/) St. Augustine (https://youtu.be/61X8HsrIUw8) Blessed Carlo Acutis (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2020-10/carlo-acutis-blessed-assisi-eucharist-patron-internet.html)
November 30, 2020
Bless this Mess: Thanksgiving 2020
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam as they discuss some of their family Thanksgiving traditions and how we are called to live in gratitude even amidst one of the most difficult years in recent memory! Show Notes: - Henri Nouwen (https://henrinouwen.org/read-nouwen/about-henri/) - ‘The Wounded Healer’ - Green Bean Casserole recipe (https://www.campbells.com/recipes/green-bean-casserole/) -Fr. Jacob’s wifi Traeger Grill: https://www.traegergrills.com/pellet-grills
November 23, 2020
Sacraments: Connections with Christ
Join Fr. Jacob and Adam in their discussion about the sacraments as moments when Jesus chooses us time and time again! Show Notes: - Bishop Robert Barron (https://www.wordonfire.org/study-programs/the-sacraments/) - Archbishop Fulton Sheen (https://www.sheencenter.org/about-archbishop-fulton-j-sheen/)
November 16, 2020
A Catholic Response to Chaotic Times
Pandemics, politics, and personal life - all areas that have likely felt chaotic recently. How are we as Catholics called to respond? In this weeks episode, Father Jacob & Adam discuss how truth, mercy, and vulnerability can serve as our first steps in healing a wounded culture.
November 9, 2020
Simple & Sacred: Living the Gospel
“I’ve wanted to read the Bible more but each time I try I get stuck - how should I start?” Join Adam and Fr. Jacob as they discuss the role of the scriptures in our spiritual lives and practical tips of incorporating them into daily life. Dr. Scott Hahn (https://stpaulcenter.com/dr-scott-hahn/) Dr. Brant Pitre (https://www.brantpitre.com/) Dr. John Bergsma (https://www.johnbergsma.com) Fr. Timothy Gallagher (https://www.frtimothygallagher.org)
October 26, 2020
Prayer: Putting Yourself in a Place to be Found
In this episode Fr. Jacob and Adam spend time discussing one the the essential supports in pursuing our vocation to holiness and living as a child of God, prayer. Gain some basic understanding of Christian prayer along with some practical tips to jump-start your own prayer life! “The Fire of His Love” Episode 9 of the Catholicism Series (Bishop Robert Barron) Thomas Merton (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Merton)
October 19, 2020
Mary - Model of Living as God’s Chosen
This episode focuses on how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, serves as a model in her openness, ordinary circumstances, and inclusion of others in what it means to live as a child of God. Adam and Fr. Jacob discuss simple ways to incorporate these qualities in our daily lives! St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center (saintt.com) Family Concern Counseling (familycounsel.org) ‘Reed of God’ by Caryll Houselander ‘Life of the Beloved’ by Henri Nouwen
October 12, 2020
God & Proposals: A Call to Married Life
This episode explores the vocation story of Adam Antone, co-host of the Chosen podcast. From seminary and priestly discernment to the pursuit of married life, hear how Adam experienced the Lord’s love at work in his life! Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary (bishopsimonbrute.org) St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (saintmeinrad.edu)
October 5, 2020
A Journey to the Priesthood
This episode explores the vocation story of Fr. Jacob McDaniel. From the study of chemistry and fraternity life to the pursuit of priesthood, hear how Fr. Jacob experienced the Lord’s love in his life! Fellowship of Catholic University Students (focus.org) Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary, Indiana (dcgary.org)
September 28, 2020