The Catholic Feminist

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...

107: Healing as a Church From the Sexual Abuse Scandal ft. Maggi Van Dorn

107: Healing as a Church From the Sexual Abuse Scandal ft. Maggi Van Dorn

If only Catholic priests would get married, sexual abuse wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone else abuses kids, too. It’s not just Catholics. After the Dallas Charter, there’s practically NO sexual abuse by Catholic priests. If the above statements make you 🙄🤢😬😡, today’s episode is for you. Maggi...

106: Life on the US/Mexico Border ft. Kelly Griffith

106: Life on the US/Mexico Border ft. Kelly Griffith

I’m married to an immigrant. Now, he didn’t claim asylum at the border to escape gang activity. His dad won something called a lottery (I always tell people he won it like in Titanic when Jack wins tickets…but that’s not exactly accurate) and his family picked the US over New Zealand. They were...

105: #ThoughtsAndPrayers ft. Chika Anyanwu

105: #ThoughtsAndPrayers ft. Chika Anyanwu

It’s what we’re told to do without ceasing. It’s my first recommendation for any struggle. It’s at times the only thing we know to do. But…why does cultivating a prayer life feel so freaking hard sometimes? Because to be honest, the Rosary can feel SO dry. I want to snuggle up with my Bible and a...

104: Miracles, Saints, and Fulton Sheen ft. Bonnie Engstrom

104: Miracles, Saints, and Fulton Sheen ft. Bonnie Engstrom

Who gets a miracle? It seems like a weird question. But miracles happen—and one happened to today’s guest. When hearing the story of her son’s birth, trauma, and miraculous recovery, though, one question that stopped me in my tracks and weighed on my heart was why Bonnie? Not that she’s not...

103: Overcoming Spiritual Perfectionism ft. Colleen Carroll Campbell

103: Overcoming Spiritual Perfectionism ft. Colleen Carroll Campbell

You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you haven’t been to Confession in 6 months, or when your friend casually mentions she hit up daily Mass with her three kids, or when you struggle to fit five minutes of prayer into your day? That I-suck-I’m-lukewarm-God-thinks-I’m-lazy...

102: Emotional and Spiritual Postpartum Care ft. Rebecca Christian

102: Emotional and Spiritual Postpartum Care ft. Rebecca Christian

We often talk about postpartum care in terms of nursing or sleep deprivation…but what about the spiritual and emotional side of things? Today’s chat is with Rebecca Christian of Fiat Doula Services. Rebecca is walking us through why she decided to transition from screenwriting to doula services,...

101: Cultivating Community + Going Through Burnout ft. Megan Stram

101: Cultivating Community + Going Through Burnout ft. Megan Stram

When you’re doing intensely emotional work, burnout is common. My dear friend Megan is on the show today to discuss her experience working in social services with young people on the autism spectrum and what a period of unemployment after burnout taught her God and His faithfulness. We also talk...

100: What I've Learned in 100 Episodes

100: What I've Learned in 100 Episodes

EPISODE 100! In today’s show, I’m sharing five things I’ve learned over the past 100 episodes and what you can expect from the Catholic Feminist moving forward. It’s been such a joy to be with you these past 2 years (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere right now!) and I am so grateful for you....

99: Blooming Where You're Planted ft. Noel Hrnchir and Sara Racicot

99: Blooming Where You're Planted ft. Noel Hrnchir and Sara Racicot

“Fragility makes us strong. You can't be sensitive to other people's needs or aware of what's going on without you unless you have a certain amount of fragility. You have to be able to be moved by the people around you." That's just ONE of the many mic drops on today's...

98: Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice ft. Kathryn Jean Lopez

98: Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice ft. Kathryn Jean Lopez

Political conversations these days tend to get ridiculously heated. How can we speak the truth of the Gospel without becoming a clanging cymbal? Political writer Kathryn Jean Lopez is here to help us understand some tenants of Catholic communication, understand how to keep the hope in a despairing...

97: Female Theologians + Making Space for Women ft. Amy O'Connell

97: Female Theologians + Making Space for Women ft. Amy O'Connell

Full disclosure: I FREQUENTLY tell people that our show isn’t super heavy on theology. Because it’s not! But today’s guest, Amy O’Connell, has a Master’s in theology and she’s here to explain to us WHY women theologians are so important. We also talk about running a literary journal in a clickbait...

96: Pregnancy/Postpartum Rights in the Workplace ft. Emily Kearney

96: Pregnancy/Postpartum Rights in the Workplace ft. Emily Kearney

Being a working mom can have plenty of “bumps” in the road (…see what I did there?) but your postpartum rights shouldn’t be one of them. I absolutely loved chatting with attorney Emily Kearney on today’s show! Emily has experience in postpartum rights in the workplace and speaking with her about...

95: Listening to the Old Testament and Raising Feminist Daughters ft. Danielle Bean

95: Listening to the Old Testament and Raising Feminist Daughters ft. Danielle Bean

Today is Ash Wednesday. As we dive into the 40 days before Christ’s death and resurrection, you may have incorporated Bible reading into your Lenten journey. But lets be honest…how many of us try and tiptoe around the Old Testament? That half of the Bible can seem crazy, confusing, and straight up...

94: Embracing a Spirit of Solidarity ft. Shannon Evans

94: Embracing a Spirit of Solidarity ft. Shannon Evans

As I’ve said on the show many times before, Dorothy Day is a huge inspiration of mine + was one of the catalysts that caused me to start this podcast. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to have Shannon Evans on the show to talk about her experience working in Catholic Worker houses, a...

93: Creativity and the Camino ft. Ashlee Cowles

93: Creativity and the Camino ft. Ashlee Cowles

Do you know what it’s like to put your heart + soul into a work of creativity…and be rejected? I sure do—and so does Ashlee Cowles, today’s guest and the author of YA novel BENEATH WANDERING STARS. Ashlee + I are chatting all about writing, her creative process, and why she thinks its important to...

92: Being Biblical Businesswomen ft. Emma Moran & Elise Gallagher

92: Being Biblical Businesswomen ft. Emma Moran & Elise Gallagher

This week on the show, we're speaking with Emma Moran and Elise Gallagher, the founders of the Catholic Women in Business Foundation. We're chatting about all things BIBLICAL BUSINESS: the modern business advice we can't stand, their advice for women looking to launch new projects,...

91: Living Out Our Belovedness ft. Sarah Kroger

91: Living Out Our Belovedness ft. Sarah Kroger

IT’S SEASON 3! 🎙 We’re BACK with another round of women to inspire you, inform you, + help you lead a more intentional life. Our season 3 premiere guest is no exception. I saw Sarah Kroger leading worship at SEEK and knew I had to have her on the show. Sarah is a singer and songwriter (Audrey Assad...

Special Episode: Live From SEEK 2019

Special Episode: Live From SEEK 2019

I had the honor of attending SEEK 2019 and hosted a live show in the middle of the exhibits! I chatted with a FOCUS missionary, a couple of attendees, and speakers Anna Carter and Sr. Miriam. Apologies for the low-quality audio...live show, so didn't have a ton of control!

90: Embracing Hope as a Pediatric Oncologist ft. Dr. Melissa Mark

90: Embracing Hope as a Pediatric Oncologist ft. Dr. Melissa Mark

Weep with those who weep. St. Paul reminds us in Scripture to participate in the sorrow of others, and today’s guest, Dr. Melissa Mark, is a pediatric oncologist with no shortage of grief. But when I went into today’s interview, I expected to be chatting about how she stays strong and bringing...

89: Literacy Advocacy and Inspiring Young Girls ft. Shanel Adams

89: Literacy Advocacy and Inspiring Young Girls ft. Shanel Adams

Studies show that reading isn’t just a fun hobby—it makes you more empathetic, increases your intelligence, and opens doors that were previously closed. That’s why today’s guest is such an inspiration to me! Shanel Adams is the founder of Progressionista, a Detroit-based non-profit aimed at...

88: The Importance of Women in Leadership ft. Elise Italiano

88: The Importance of Women in Leadership ft. Elise Italiano

Women don’t need a collar to lead. That’s just ONE of the wisdom nuggets today’s guest drops. Elise Italiano is the director of the GIVEN Institute, a non-profit aimed at activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. A former theology and bioethics teacher,...

87: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer

87: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer

For us Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means turkey, parades, football, (whitewashed stories about pilgrims and Native Americans that aren’t 100% accurate and should probably be looked at much deeper than they are but that’s a post for another time), and family. For some of us, being with...

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