Deacons Pod

Three Catholic deacons, affiliated with the Paulist Fathers, talk about faith and life.

Religion & Spirituality
Capitalizing on Enthusiasm: Marilyn Santos
How can the Church's evangelization efforts be more effective? Is World Youth Day having a lasting impact? Where can "threshold Catholics" or "seekers" find hope? These are some of the deacons' questions in this episode for Marilyn Santos, a veteran Catholic educator and youth minister.
46 min
Be Like Brit: Cherylann and Len Gengel
Deacon Dennis and Deacon Patrick speak with Cherylann and Len Gengel of the Be Like Brit Foundation, which operates a home and academy for children in Haiti.
64 min
Lives of Prayer: Nancy Klein Maguire
The deacons speak with Nancy Klein Maguire, author of "An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World's Most Austere Monastic Order" and "The Monk's Widow: A Memoir of a Resilient Love and an Intimate Death."
44 min
Gratitude for Life: U.S. District Court Judge E...
The deacons speak with U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas about her spiritual journey and the sense of peace she has found three years after her son Daniel, age 20, was shot and killed at their home in New Jersey.
61 min
Serving in Life's Worst Moments: Law Enforcemen...
The deacons speak with Paulist Fr. Charlie Donahue and Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey, both law enforcement chaplains in Knoxville, TN.
47 min
Courageous Humility: Deacon Bill Ditewig
The deacons speak with Deacon Bill Ditewig, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, linguist, professor, and author of several Paulist Press books about the diaconate.
76 min
Longing for God in Haiti: Gerard Straub
The deacons speak with Gerard Straub, an author, former television producer, and Secular Franciscan who leads the Santa Chiara Children’s Center in Haiti.
69 min
Life Lessons from a Preacher's Father: Deacon K...
The deacons speak with Deacon Kevin Martin, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Boston, and author of "All is Well: Life Lessons from a Preacher's Father."
41 min
Practice of the Presence of God: Carmen Acevedo...
The deacons speak with Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher, translator of a "revolutionary" new translation of the spiritual classic "The Practice of the Presence of God" by French Carmelite Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (c. 1614 - 1691).
63 min
Faith Exploration and the Public Space: Kevin A...
The deacons speak with Dr. Kevin Ahern, a theological ethicist and public theologian. He is an associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College in Bronx, NY.
52 min
EarthBeat: Stephanie Clary of National Catholic...
The deacons speak with Stephanie Clary, editor of "Earthbeat," the faith and climate project of the National Catholic Reporter.
56 min
The Twelve Steps: Bob Carini
The deacons speak with Bob Carini, a one-time supervisor of counselors in a Connecticut prison. They speak about the Twelve-Step program, addiction, and more. Deacon Dennis and Deacon Tom met Bob when they served as prison ministers.
49 min
Comfort Zones, Cancer and the Holy Spirit: Fr. ...
The deacons speak with Paulist Fr. Joe Ciccone, a veteran pastor and campus minister, about listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit when life takes us out of our comfort zones.
69 min
Blessed Stanley Rother: The Shepherd Who Didn't...
The deacons speak with Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, author of "The Shepherd Who Didn't Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma."
67 min
You Will Be Missed: The Deacons On Why Catholic...
Why do Catholics leave the Church? What is the best way to accompany Catholics thinking about leaving? How should Catholics be present to those who leave because of the sexual abuse crisis? The deacons consider these questions in this installment of Deacons Pod. Deacon Drew, Deacon Tom and Deacon Dennis are joined by Deacon Mark Asselin, another Paulist Deacon Affiliate, for this challenging conversation.
49 min
The Deacons: Our Personal Spiritual Practices
The Deacons talk about what they read and do on a regular basis to deepen their spirituality, and offer practical advice for listeners about how to deepen their own spiritual lives.
51 min
Music: An Act of Hospitality and Love: Kate Wil...
The deacons have a great conversation with Kate Williams, Vice President of Sacred Music at GIA Publications, Inc., and a Music Minister at Old St. Mary's Church in Chicago.
59 min
Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depr...
The deacons speak with Dr. Jessica Coblentz, author of "Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression." She argues for (and contributes to) an expansion of Christian ideas about what depression is, how God relates to it, and how Christians should understand and respond to depression in turn.
59 min
Discernment and Open Doors: Mike Hayes
The deacons speak with Mike Hayes, director of young adult ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland, OH, about discernment, what's working today in young adult ministry, and more.
59 min
Grudges, Mercy and Mysticism: Fr. Frank Desider...
The deacons speak Paulist Fr. Frank Desiderio about letting go of grudges, extending mercy, and how exploring mysticism might help Catholics who are struggling with the Church.
47 min
Mercy Not Sacrifice: Fr. Mark-David Janus, C.S.P.
The deacons speak with Paulist Fr. Mark David Janus, president of Paulist Press, about his new book "Mercy Not Sacrifice: Lenten Daily Reflections." They also ask Fr. Mark-David, who is a psychologist, about the impact of stress caused by COVID.
56 min
Helping Seekers See God – with Diana Macalintal
The deacons speak with Diana Macalintal, co-founder and co-director of TeamRCIA, a resource for parishes and ministers working with adults who are becoming Catholic. She also is an author and speaker on topics related to liturgy, music, prayer, and intercultural ministry.
68 min
Different Roads Up The Mountain - Claire Henning
The deacons speak with Claire Henning, D.Min., co-founder of Parish Catalyst, a non-profit organization that supports innovation in Catholic parishes through peer collaboration and research. She is a parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community in Los Angeles.
60 min
Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Spo...
The deacons speak with Dawn Eden Goldstein, author of the new book "Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor."
65 min
Prison Ministry 101
Deacon Drew interviews Deacon Tom and Deacon Dennis about their years as prison ministers in Connecticut.
57 min