Since the novel coronavirus pandemic forced us all to shelter in place – and closed our beloved parish church doors – I’ve been experimenting with Catholic podcasts.
I’ve discovered that well-produced, thoughtful Catholic podcasts presented by personable and knowledgeable hosts are a wonderful way to deepen my faith.
Many Catholic podcasts are available via Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Apple Podcast, or whatever app you use to access podcasts. Here’s my personal Top 10 list of worthwhile Catholic podcasts – but trust me, there are many more.
Abiding Together is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym, which the hosts say provides “a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.”
I’ve been listening to Abiding Together at the suggestion of Katie Dawson, the Diocese of Orange’s director of Parish Evangelism and Faith Formation. The hosts feel like good friends to me now and I’ve listened to nearly every on one of the 137 podcasts they’ve produced since they began the program. www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/episodes
Busted Halo is a ministry of The Paulist Fathers. Its casual, friendly approach to topics like how to handle distractions at Mass and fatherly advice related to Mary, make Catholicism interesting and fun. bustedhalo.com/podcasts
CATHOLIC STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW
CSYSK is hosted by four priests from the Archdiocese of Denver who cover a variety of topics, including papal infallibility, bikinis, and the Apostolic Pardon. catholicstuffpodcast.com/
FATHER MIKE SCHMITZ
Fr. Mike Schmitz’s podcast offers short but lively reflections on a wide variety of topics from Catholic teaching to practical tips for living life well. media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/
PINTS WITH AQUINAS
Matt Fradd on his podcast Pints With Aquinas attempts to enable listeners to come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of the Catholic faith. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pints-with-aquinas/id1097862282
This podcast sends you a 12-minute daily meditation on one of the daily readings. Every episode includes music, the reading, questions for reflection and a closing prayer. pray-as-you-go.org/
ST. PAUL CENTER FOR BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology’s renowned biblical scholar Dr. Scott Hahn offers a weekly reflection on the Sunday readings. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/st-paul-center-for-biblical-theology/id542488614?mt=2
THE LITURGY GUYS
The Liturgy Guys is an initiative of the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. The three hosts every week discuss Catholic Liturgy. liturgyguys.podbean.com/
WAY OF THE HEART
The Way of the Heart Podcast is a conversation with Jake Khym and Brett Powell about journeying through life with a heart fully alive. Although it seems to be targeted primarily to male listeners, I’ve enjoyed several episodes – the two hosts have an easy rapport and a sincere devotion to Catholicism.
Both men have worked in various ministry settings for more than 20 years. Khym lives in British Columbia with his wife Heather and their three children; Powell is married to his high school sweetheart Andrea; they share eight children. www.wayoftheheartpodcast.com/home/
WORD ON FIRE
In The Word on Fire podcast, Bishop Robert Barron discusses the Catholic faith and today’s culture. www.wordonfireshow.com/listen/
Editor’s Note: There are a number of podcasts available from local Catholic radio hosts. Find them at occatholic.com/radio.