Deacons Pod

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

Religion & Spirituality
Heidi Schlumpf of National Catholic Reporter (R...
The deacons speak with Heidi Schlumpf, senior correspondent at National Catholic Reporter, about trends in the Church, Catholic publishing, and more. This is a rebroadcast of an episode from October, 2022.
47 min
Come Forth: Fr. James Martin, SJ
The deacons have a great conversation with Jesuit Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of America magazine, about his new book "Come Forth: The Promise of Jesus's Greatest Miracle." In the book, Fr. Jim takes a deep dive into the Gospel account of Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead.
49 min
Lightning Bolt Call: Fr. Rich Andre, C.S.P.
The deacons have a great conversation with Paulist Fr. Rich Andre, director of the Paulist Center in Boston, about his faith journey, his call to the priesthood, preaching styles, music, the intersection of faith and science, and ministry in Boston.
63 min
Packing Your Lenten Toolbox: Deacon Dennis and ...
Deacon Dennis and Deacon Tom share thoughts and tips for navigating the sacred season of Lent.
56 min
Nun on the Bus: Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS
The deacons speak with Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, who served from 2004 to 2021 as executive director of the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and helped to organize the "Nuns on the Bus" lobbying tours around the country.
64 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.
69 min
Hidden Gems of the Synod: Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J.
The deacons are joined by Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese to discuss his essay "15 Hidden Gems in the Synod on Synodality Report" that appeared November 9, 2023, in the National Catholic Reporter.
60 min
Media Mindfulness and the Whole Person: Sr. Ros...
Media literacy education, digital literacy skills, artificial intelligence, and the power of movies are topics in this first Deacons Pod episode of 2024. The deacons' wonderful guest is Sr. Rose Pacatte, a Daughter of St. Paul, the founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, and a film critic.
57 min
How is God Calling Us to Something More?: Rober...
The deacons speak with Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, writer of the "Blessed Among Us" column in "Give Us This Day," and one-time managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper.
60 min
Welcoming Refugees Is Not a Zero-Sum Game: Joan...
The deacons speak with Joan Rosenhauer, President of Jesuit Refugee Service USA, an organization which serves and advocates on behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people.
53 min
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