The Best Catholic Podcasts You’re Not Listening To

April 8, 2021  •   LPi

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Catholic podcasts are cropping up everywhere these days, with topics that range from the broad to the niche, and with focuses that can appeal to all the faithful, no matter their life stage. Here are ten Catholic podcasts worth a listen.

For Everyone

Poco a Poco: Produced by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, this enlightening podcast incorporates the friars’ experience with the poor, their prayer life, and their Franciscan worldview into a reflection on this week’s Gospel message.

The Bible in a Year: We all struggle to find the time for Scripture reading and reflection. Fr. Mike Schmitz makes it easy with bite-size Scripture readings and mini-homilies that will span the entire Bible over a period of 365 days (start whenever you like!). Most episodes clock in at about 18 to 20 minutes, fitting into even the busiest schedule.

American Catholic History: Do you know the story of the Catholic saviors of Thanksgiving? Or the Catholic origins of Mardi Gras? Have you ever heard of the anti-Catholic “Pope Night” celebrations in the early British colonies? Fascinating and obscure corners of Catholic American history are plumbed through the expertise of Tom and Noelle Crowe.

How They Love Mary: “To Jesus through Mary,” goes the old saying. Fr. Edward Looney explores spiritual issues through a Mariological lens, hosting a variety of guests who address topics like the Rosary, “Marian tweets and trends,” family prayer, pilgrimages, Marian apparitions, and more.

For Men

Pints with Aquinas: Matt Fradd’s podcast is based on one simple question: If you could ask St. Thomas Aquinas any question over a pint of beer, what would it be? Fradd, an author and professor, tackles some of the biggest spiritual questions and topics of the modern Catholic Church in a straightforward style.

The Catholic Man Show: With episode names like “Four Roses Single Barrel” and “Glenfiddich 14-Year Exclusive,” you might understandably think this is a podcast about top-shelf liquor — but that’s just because hosts Adam and David put the “spirits” in “spiritual” as they tackle everything from prayer, masculinity, and fatherhood to pro-life issues and the Apostolic Succession.

For Kids and Families

Catholic Sprouts: This daily podcast for Catholic kids “strives to plant seeds of Catholic faith” in your little one’s heart. Catholic mom Nancy Bandzuch started this podcast because she was searching for similar audio-based programming for her own children that would explore the mysteries of God’s love, the revelations of Scripture and the journey of living as a Domestic Church. Episodes are a suitable length for children (six to eight minutes) about eight years and older.

Saint Stories for Kids: Produced by Shining Light Dolls, this weekly podcast introduces kids to the heroes of Catholic history in short, engaging episodes. From St. Brigid to St. Paul to St. Jude, St. Hyacinth, St. Rita of Cascia and many more, the tales of how God worked in the lives of these holy men and women will captivate youngsters ages six and up.

For Women

The Gathering Place: Cohosts Jenna and Beth examine the challenge of embracing a call to holiness through the perspective of Catholic femininity in this podcast produced by Blessed is She. Episode topics have included the Holy Spirit, redemptive suffering, everyday prayer and the beauty of silence.

The Catholic Mama: Christine Mooney Flynn’s journey to Catholicism includes pit stops in New Age spirituality and atheism, making her appreciation for the truth of the Gospel all the more vibrant. In her podcast, she takes on subjects of interest to moms and married women, including marital sexuality, the Domestic Church, grappling with spiritual doubt, keeping your kids engaged in Mass and much more.

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