The Catholic Feminist

150: Q & A: Reading Books, Raising Boys, and More! ft. Claire Swinarski

150: Q & A: Reading Books, Raising Boys, and More! ft. Claire Swinarski

After 150 episodes, it is a true joy to sit + chat with you all 1-on-1 today. I would say “I can’t believe we’re here!” but to be honest…I knew how phenomenal Catholic women were when I started this. I’m not surprised that you’re on fire for the topics we discuss on this show. I’m not shocked that...

149: Becoming Well Read ft. Marcie Stockman

149: Becoming Well Read ft. Marcie Stockman

If you’re a busy Catholic feminist, you probably feel like you’re juggling 19 balls in the air. Maybe you have kids, or a career, or both, or a graduate degree, or you’re trying to get in shape, or you’re volunteering in your neighborhood, or your leading an action council at your parish, or-or-or…...

148: Embracing Culture Within Liturgy ft. Shannon Schmidt

148: Embracing Culture Within Liturgy ft. Shannon Schmidt

When someone states their skin color or culture--"I'm a Black Catholic." "I'm a Polish Catholic." "I'm a Hispanic Catholic." It can be tempting to want to wave it off. We're all *one family*, right? Why do these differences matter? But today's...

147: Finding Hope in Unexpected Seasons ft. Monica Aberle

147: Finding Hope in Unexpected Seasons ft. Monica Aberle

What's it like to go to a Catholic college and find yourself unexpectedly...expecting? Today's guest, Monica Aberle, knows all about it. Monica is joining us to talk about how we can find hope in unexpected seasons: when times of chaos or complexity threaten to rob us of our joy, how can...

146: Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption ft. Victoria Ray

146: Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption ft. Victoria Ray

Talk about turning your mess into your message. Today's guest, Victoria Ray, is a speaker, a podcaster, a student, and a Certified Addiction Empowerment Specialist. She's also in recovery and a big ole fan of Jesus. Victoria is here on the show today to talk about whether she believes her...

145: Pursuing a Classical Education ft. Jeremy Tate

145: Pursuing a Classical Education ft. Jeremy Tate

OK, time to admit my stress + beef with the modern day education system. I went to public school. Did not have a great experience. Krzys went to public school. Did have a great experience. I don’t want to pay thousands for my kids to go to school in a community that looks exactly like them and be...

144: Finding Your Fiat ft. Karianna Frey

144: Finding Your Fiat ft. Karianna Frey

We all know Mary gave the ultimate fiat. But what about ours? Our “yes” to a new grad school degree. Our “yes” to donating an extra $10 instead of buying that second wine at girls night. Our “yes” to a radical mission across the globe. Our “yes” to the mind-numbingly difficult task of child...

143: Sacrificial Love and Adult Caretaking ft. Katie Pyles

143: Sacrificial Love and Adult Caretaking ft. Katie Pyles

Anger. Shame. Boundaries. These are the parts of care taking we *don’t* often talk about. But the truth is, these are all too common when imperfect people are trying to attempt perfect love. Today’s guest, Katie Pyles, has experience as a caretaker for an adult with special needs, and I'm so...

142: Capital Punishment and the Catholic Church ft. McKenna Smith

142: Capital Punishment and the Catholic Church ft. McKenna Smith

The death penalty is a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time, and I’m so pleased to be discussing it today with McKenna. McKenna is a grad student who comes to us with a passion for capital punishment and it’s place in the pro-life discourse. As Sr. Helen Prejean says, “people are more than...

141: Economic Justice ft. Beth Knobbe

141: Economic Justice ft. Beth Knobbe

When you have money to give, should you give it to your literal neighbors, or the neighbors on the other side of the world? Today we're chatting with Catholic Relief Services' Beth Knobbe to discuss economic justice and what it means to care for the people around us. I was excited to hear...

140: Inclusion + Birth Mothering a Teenager ft. Marcia Lane-McGee

140: Inclusion + Birth Mothering a Teenager ft. Marcia Lane-McGee

When it’s time to put together a Catholic event, are you putting diversity on your list of goals? In today’s episode, speaker Marcia Lane-McGee and I are talking about how to embrace diversity in Catholic speaking circles without falling into the idea of a “diversity hire”. We also talk about her...

139: Healing After Abortion ft. Gracey

139: Healing After Abortion ft. Gracey

#ShoutYourAbortion. That’s what we’re told, right? That abortion is a powerful, important procedure. It empowers women. It gives them strength. It gives them autonomy. Today’s guest says hell no. Gracey is a wife, mother, and post-abortive woman. She’s here to share her incredibly vulnerable...

138: Catholic Feminism and the Military ft. Brianna Hughes

138: Catholic Feminism and the Military ft. Brianna Hughes

When we hear “the troops”, we probably all have things pop into our head. From Colin Kapernick to WMD to Dorothy Day’s pacifism, how Catholics interact with “the troops” can be fraught with confusion. Today’s guest, Brianna Hughes, is a member of our armed forces and it was so interesting to hear...

137: The Sacrifice of Being a Birth Mother ft. Martha Farnsworth

137: The Sacrifice of Being a Birth Mother ft. Martha Farnsworth

When we’re engaging in pro-life discourse, we often hail adoption as a beautiful, healthy choice—which it is. But it’s easy to forget that adoption at its core *begins* with a loss, with grief, and with suffering. Today’s podcast guest, Martha Farnsworth, is both an adoptee and a birth mom. We talk...

136: Thriving as a Special Needs Mama ft. Vania Deeney

136: Thriving as a Special Needs Mama ft. Vania Deeney

Parenting is hard, no matter who you’re parenting. But parenting a child with special needs is a task that some people hold up as the most heroic act of them all. Not so, says today’s guest—and she explains why. Vania Deeney is a mom, engineer, and Catholic Latina whose daughter was diagnosed with...

135: Overcoming Pornography to Find Uncompromising Purity ft. Kelsey Skoch

135: Overcoming Pornography to Find Uncompromising Purity ft. Kelsey Skoch

Pornography has been a “men’s issue” for as long as I’ve been involved in ministry. Anti-porn talks are for the men. The accountability apps are aimed at men. The speakers willing to Go There are men. I am so, SO thankful for women like author Kelsey Skoch. Kelsey is boldly sharing her story of...

134: Are Mission Trips Beneficial? ft. Ellen Courchane

134: Are Mission Trips Beneficial? ft. Ellen Courchane

Our first guest of season 4? My own sister! Ellie Courchane is a nurse, a fiancee, and a frequent attender of mission trips to developing nations. Ellie and I are chatting about what makes a GOOD mission trip, why so many mission trips are actually harmful, and why we sometimes use humor to view...

133: Pelvic Floor Postpartum Recovery ft. Chelsea Harkins

133: Pelvic Floor Postpartum Recovery ft. Chelsea Harkins

Things I learned during this episode: most people do kegals wrong, having issues with peeing yourself at ALL is not considered normal postpartum, and what a pelvic floor even is. Dr. Chelsea Harkins is a physical therapist here to walk us through what our body is supposed to do after childbirth,...

132: Embracing Global Sisterhood ft. Gail DeGeorge

132: Embracing Global Sisterhood ft. Gail DeGeorge

There are only 2️⃣ episodes left in season 3 of the Catholic Feminist Podcast! 🙌🏻 Today’s guest, Gail DeGeorge, is the perfect penultimate* show for y’all. Gail is the editor of the Global Sisters Report, a project that features stories about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the...

131: The Power of Storytelling ft. Julianne Miles

131: The Power of Storytelling ft. Julianne Miles

Every single one of us has a story. A story of learning and relearning God, a story of breaking down barriers and building up good, healthy walls, a story of walking along a path to what we believe. Sharing these stories to help spread the faith is what Julianne Miles does on her podcast, Mystery...

130: Vocational Discernment + Trusting God ft. Sr. Peter Marie

130: Vocational Discernment + Trusting God ft. Sr. Peter Marie

You’ve heard that you’re supposed to “discern your vocation”…but what does that ACTUALLY look like? That’s what Sr. Peter Marie of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia is here to speak with us about! We’re talking all about the vocations process over here for National Vocation Awareness Week,...

129: Helping Women Leave Prostitution ft. CarrieLynn Mascaro

129: Helping Women Leave Prostitution ft. CarrieLynn Mascaro

When we’re asking women to leave behind lives of sex work, it’s vital to focus on HOW they got to where they are and WHAT they need in order to leave that path behind. Today’s guest, CarrieLynn Mascaro from Catholic Charities, is here to help us understand ways the Church is helping women stop...

Minisode: WE'RE GOING ON PILGRIMAGE!

Minisode: WE'RE GOING ON PILGRIMAGE!

I am over the moon to announce that the Catholic Feminist Pilgrimage to France is taking place in October 2020—and I want you to join us. Come walk in the footsteps of our sister saints, sip wine with other Catholic feminists, celebrate the sacraments at gorgeous cathedrals, and make 100 new...

128: Bursting Our Catholic Bubbles ft. Alissa Molina

128: Bursting Our Catholic Bubbles ft. Alissa Molina

When do we “shake the dust”, when do we engage, and when do we shut up + listen? Today’s guest, Alissa Molina, has some insight for us. Alissa co-hosts a spiritual podcast with some wonderful Protestant sisters and I had to ask how that challenged her or pushed her out of her comfort zone. I loved...

127: Raising Multiples & Championing Pro-Life Beliefs ft. Justina Kopp

127: Raising Multiples & Championing Pro-Life Beliefs ft. Justina Kopp

When today’s guest, Justina Kopp, suffered a miscarriage, she was completely devastated. She didn’t know if she’d ever be able to have kids again. So imagine her surprise when she found out she was pregnant with not 1…not 2…NOT 3…but 4 babies. Y’all. Four babies. Let that sink in. Justina is on...

126: In Vitro Fertilization and Pro-Life OBGYN Work ft. Monique Ruberu

126: In Vitro Fertilization and Pro-Life OBGYN Work ft. Monique Ruberu

Sometimes I think one of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is that our culture so strongly feels that certain things are “the answer” that we believe are harmful. Be it divorce, pornography, contraception…so many things in our society that are presented as a great good can actually be...

125: Letting Go of Our Addiction to Control ft. Jeannie Gaffigan

125: Letting Go of Our Addiction to Control ft. Jeannie Gaffigan

When wife, mom, + producer Jeannie Gaffigan learned she had a pear-shaped brain tumor…it was inconvenient, to say the least. She had to learn how to give up a white-knuckled grip on control, find humor in heartache, and stop being the “executive producer” of her family. I loved her story about an...

124: The Intersection of #MeToo, Feminism, + Justice ft. Kathy Stilling

124: The Intersection of #MeToo, Feminism, + Justice ft. Kathy Stilling

Justice is a complicated thing. It seems so black and white—bad guys vs. good guys, right? If only the world was so easy to divide in that way. Today’s guest, Kathy Stilling, is a defense attorney (that attends my parish IRL!) Kathy is well-known for recently defending a Big 10 football player...

123: Discipleship as a Modern Feminist ft. Katie Prejean McGrady

123: Discipleship as a Modern Feminist ft. Katie Prejean McGrady

CRAPPY ADVICE: To be a good disciple, you need to sell everything in your house, grab a knapsack, and become a missionary somewhere. GREAT ADVICE: Discipleship does not have to be a formal ministry program, involve selling your iPhone, and happens when people are UNAFRAID. Today’s guest, Katie...

122: Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Global Problems ft. Beth King-Howard

122: Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Global Problems ft. Beth King-Howard

How should Catholics approach problems on a global scale? Here’s the thing—we can do more harm than good if we go into issues without a firm educational foundation. We can also do more harm than good if we leave our faith in the dust as we charge forward with a well-intentioned heart. Catholic...

121: Back to School with a Catholic Education ft. Emily LaPorte

121: Back to School with a Catholic Education ft. Emily LaPorte

It’s back-to-school time! Well, not for us, since I have two toddlers. But so many of you are headed back to school, whether as students or teachers. I’m so excited to be bringing you an insightful conversation with Emily LaPorte, a Catholic school teacher. But this isn’t a lighthearted...

120: Intentional Boundaries + Saying No ft. Kathryn Whitaker

120: Intentional Boundaries + Saying No ft. Kathryn Whitaker

Do you ever feel like your relationship with Jesus is…polite? Yes, thank you, I’m sorry, and that’s about it? Today’s guest, Kathryn Whitaker, talks about how part of her conversion to the Catholic faith involved deconstructing her boundaries with Jesus, and how one of the results of a deeper faith...

119: Exploring Local Activism ft. Lauren Roach

119: Exploring Local Activism ft. Lauren Roach

Is there an issue that just sets your heart on fire, but you have no idea how to get started on making an impact about it? Today we're talking to Lauren Roach, a Milwaukee activist (and the Community Manager for the CFP!) Lauren is tirelessly fighting to get pornography declared a public...

118: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

118: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

Q & A DAY! ✨👋🏻 I’m off exploring Poland with my family, so please enjoy this question + answer session. I solicited questions from Instagram and we wound up talking about everything from healthy boundaries to teaching kids about the faith to morning routines to dealing with discouragement....

MINISODE: Making a Middle Grade

MINISODE: Making a Middle Grade

I'm launching a new podcast! Don't worry, CFP isn't going anywhere. ;) This is a podcast about another topic near + dear to my heart--children's books and how they're made. In this minisode, I'm sharing the trailer + also explaining why I wanted to share this show with...

117: Sleep, Spirituality, and Self Care ft. Carleara Weiss

117: Sleep, Spirituality, and Self Care ft. Carleara Weiss

What do sleep + self-care have to do with our faith life? As it turns out…a lot. Today on the show we have Carleara Weiss, PHD, breaking down how feminists can get more sleep, why women may have a harder time sleeping than men (#hormones), and why sleep affects our spirituality. Carleara + I also...

116: Justice and Mercy for Immigrants ft. Andrea Mendoza

116: Justice and Mercy for Immigrants ft. Andrea Mendoza

When Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, He meant it. That’s a principle that today’s guest, Andrea Mendoza, is truly living out. She volunteers with immigrants within our country and helps provide them with basic necessities that enable them to live out their dignity. Andrea is also sharing her...

115: The Current State of Abortion Law ft. Morgan Korth

115: The Current State of Abortion Law ft. Morgan Korth

“I work full-time in the pro-life movement, and even I’ve been getting whiplash.” That’s what today’s guest, Morgan Korth from WeDignify, told me. I couldn’t agree more. Every day, a new state is in the news for its newly passed abortion law. Today, Morgan is helping us break down the current state...

114: The Truth About Birth Control + the Marquette Method of NFP ft. Sarah Tramonte

114: The Truth About Birth Control + the Marquette Method of NFP ft. Sarah Tramonte

Let’s talk about hormonal birth control. The fact that most Catholic women are on it, and the fact that few of us know what it even does. Today’s podcast guest, Sarah Tramonte, is a registered nurse + an NFP instructor. Sarah walks us through what the heck birth control even does, why it’s SO...

113: Making Our Way Through Grief ft. Leticia Ochoa Adams

113: Making Our Way Through Grief ft. Leticia Ochoa Adams

How do you keep living a life of faith after an impossible-to-imagine tragedy occurs? ✨ Today’s guest, speaker and writer Leticia Ochoa Adams, is no stranger to grief. After her son committed suicide a couple of years ago, she decided to live the rest of her life sharing his story + walking through...

112: Escaping Burnout + Discerning Vocations ft. Sr. Marcia Hall

112: Escaping Burnout + Discerning Vocations ft. Sr. Marcia Hall

You know when you hear God’s voice whisper to you, and you’re like…no. Wrong girl. Thanks, but no thanks. Today’s guest sure does. When Sr. Marcia Hall was trying to figure out what direction to take her life, the thought of joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence was the last thing on her mind....

111: Ending Rape Culture ft. Adele Smith

111: Ending Rape Culture ft. Adele Smith

If someone called you saying that their house was robbed, what’s the first thing you would say? Probably you should have locked your doors, right? Or maybe, Are you sure? Maybe you didn’t understand what the robber was doing . Possibly That can’t be true. I know your neighborhood. Only nice people...

110: Foster Care and Supporting Families ft. Brianna Johnston Hanks

110: Foster Care and Supporting Families ft. Brianna Johnston Hanks

“And we will love naturally, we will try to do something. First in our own home, next door neighbor in the country we live, in the whole world.” - Mother Teresa. I love Mama T so much I named a baby after her, and this quote is one of the reasons why. It’s a commonly-told anecdote that when people...

109: Building Bridges + Understanding Racism ft. Danielle Brown

109: Building Bridges + Understanding Racism ft. Danielle Brown

How come we never hear priests talking about race from the pulpit? I mean, maybe YOU do. But I’m pretty sure I literally never have. And that’s not ok. It’s a social issue plaguing our society, the same as other topics I hear about frequently, like abortion, poverty, and murder (the gang activity...

108: Remaining Catholic After Suffering From Clergy Sexual Abuse ft. Krista Keil

108: Remaining Catholic After Suffering From Clergy Sexual Abuse ft. Krista Keil

When I started the Catholic Feminist, one of my guiding principles was to get as close to those affected by issues as possible. Talking about eating disorders? Speak to someone who’s had one. Talking about racism? Speak to someone who’s experienced it. Talking about clergy sexual abuse? Have a...

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