The Catholic Feminist

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...

86: Influencing the Culture Through Media ft. Jessamyn Anderson

86: Influencing the Culture Through Media ft. Jessamyn Anderson

Sometimes at the end of the day, I just need to curl up with some Food Network. But is zoning out like that okay, or am I supposed to be, like, reading the Bible and listening to Hillsong? That’s what today’s guest, Jessamyn Anderson, has come on the show to discuss. Jessamyn works in...

85: Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West

85: Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West

If we believe that men + women are inherently different, how can we discover the reality about womanhood without falling into harmful stereotypes? How do women who AREN’T mothers fit into God’s design for gender? How does God’s design for women’s bodies relate to deeper meanings about our world?...

84: Memento Mori and the Catholic View of Death ft. Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

84: Memento Mori and the Catholic View of Death ft. Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

How did a religious sister convince me to keep a skull on my desk to remind me of death? ☠️ When Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble started keeping a skull on her own desk, she thought it would look cool. But she had no idea the impact the constant reminder of death would have on her faith life. As...

83: Addiction Recovery and Freedom in Christ ft. Tori Vissat

83: Addiction Recovery and Freedom in Christ ft. Tori Vissat

Our world has one idea of what “freedom” looks like: doing whatever the eff we want. But is that TRULY being free…or just being a slave to our whims and wants? Today’s (returning) podcast guest, Tori Vissat, works in international missions and is here to share her story of discovering what true...

82: Healing Our Broken and Blessed Church ft. Fr. Josh Johnson

82: Healing Our Broken and Blessed Church ft. Fr. Josh Johnson

I never thought I’d talk to a priest about sex scandals, periods, and Taylor Swift, but here we are. Today is our first PRIEST INTERVIEW! I’m so excited to be chatting with Father Josh Johnson, a priest in the diocese of Baton Rouge. Father Josh is a podcaster and the author of the new book...

81: Revolutionary Joy and Growing a Business ft. Jill Simons

81: Revolutionary Joy and Growing a Business ft. Jill Simons

“Your life is too short to be this miserable this much of the time.” That’s what today’s guest’s husband told her + it inspired her to start her own shop. Jill Simons is the founder of Pink Salt Riot, and y’all know how much I love interviewing Catholic makers. Jill + I are talking all about...

80: Pro-Life Activism and Tragedy in Ireland ft. Kate Bryan

80: Pro-Life Activism and Tragedy in Ireland ft. Kate Bryan

This spring, Ireland voted to appeal the 8th amendment that had been banning abortion. That means one of the last pro-life countries now embraces abortion and while that sounds tragic (it is), I’m so excited to be bringing you a conversation that might actually uplift your heart. Kate Bryan is a...

79: Intersectional Feminism ft. Daniela Kopado

79: Intersectional Feminism ft. Daniela Kopado

Being a woman is a particular experience. Being Mexican-American is a particular experience. But being a Mexican-American woman is its own unique experience. And that’s what our guest today is here to discuss! Daniela Kopado is a medical student in Texas who’s bringing some wit + wisdom about...

78: The Grace of Enough ft. Haley Stewart

78: The Grace of Enough ft. Haley Stewart

When is enough…ENOUGH? Enough money. Enough time. Enough accomplishments. It isn’t always easy to know. Today’s guest is a fan favorite repeat: blogger, podcaster, and author Haley Stewart. Haley + I dive deeper into our previous discussion about throwaway culture in light of her new book, The...

77: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

77: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

Surprise! I’m on the other side of the mic with a guest host this week. 🎙 It is a true joy to answer questions for you about things like discernment, soulmates, confirmation saints, and Hogwarts houses. If you’ve wondered what some of the hardest episodes for me to do are, what’s on my bookshelf...

76: Loss and the Power of the Rosary ft. Shannon Wendt

76: Loss and the Power of the Rosary ft. Shannon Wendt

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt “rosary dread”—that feeling of “noooot again” that happens when someone pulls out their beads. 😂🤦🏿‍♀️ The truth is, I’ve felt that way more than a few times, and so has today’s podcast guest, Shannon Wendt. Shannon is the founder of Chews Life, a shop for...

75: Why Pornography is a Feminist Issue ft. Patty Breen

75: Why Pornography is a Feminist Issue ft. Patty Breen

Did you know that porn plays a role in at least HALF of divorces? Or that the average age people are first exposed to porn is 11?! Pornography is truly attempting to destroy families, culture, and healthy sexual behavior. That’s why the work of today’s guest, Patty Breen of Whispered in the Dark,...

MINISODE: The Scandalized, Sanctifying Church

MINISODE: The Scandalized, Sanctifying Church

In which I said I wasn’t going to do an episode on the Church scandal: ahem. I did. It’s a vulnerable minisode where I share a few things on my mind. If you had a hard time going to Mass on Sunday, if you doubted + despaired, if you prayed “God, are you even listening to me?”, this one is for you....

74: Authentic, Wholehearted Evangelization ft. Sair Del Toro

74: Authentic, Wholehearted Evangelization ft. Sair Del Toro

It can be hard to find God in the midst of hopelessness. We've all felt that way at one time or another--some of us in the past few weeks. Maybe some of us today. Today's podcast guest, Sair, works with women who are in devastatingly difficult situations. She walks us through how to share...

73: The Upside of Social Media ft. Emily Mentock

73: The Upside of Social Media ft. Emily Mentock

I think we've all gone through seasons where we want to delete our social media accounts and go live in a hut. That's how I was feeling before this conversation with social media guru Emily Mentock, but after chatting with her, I suddenly saw quite a few bright sides to everyone's...

72: How to Live Liturgically ft. Lisa Kirk

72: How to Live Liturgically ft. Lisa Kirk

One of my favorite parts of being Catholic? The endless supply of feast days + holidays. Too bad I usually only realize it the day after it occurred! Today's podcast guest is a writer, wife, mama, and liturgical living lover. Lisa Kirk walks me through her four pillars of liturgical living,...

71: Being a Young Catholic Professional ft. Jennifer Baugh

71: Being a Young Catholic Professional ft. Jennifer Baugh

You know what conversation I’m tired of? The are-Catholic-women-allowed-to-work-outside-the-home one. I explain why in today’s conversation with Jennifer Baugh, the founder of Young Catholic Professionals. Jennifer has amazing insight on being a working Catholic woman, how being a woman has helped...

70: Managing Your Fertility ft. Bridget Busacker

70: Managing Your Fertility ft. Bridget Busacker

How well do you feel like you understand your fertility? 🧠👀💪🏼 Today’s podcast guest, Bridget Busacker, is the founder of ManagingYourFertility.com, a one-stop shop for learning more about your body, your fertility, and Natural Family Planning. This week is NFP Awareness Week, so it seemed like the...

69: Serving the Poor and Consecrated Single Life ft. Sam Vosters

69: Serving the Poor and Consecrated Single Life ft. Sam Vosters

Sam Vosters manages the Riverwest Food Pantry here in Milwaukee. It was such a joy to have her on and talk about all things poverty: how much money is "enough" to give? What does she wish we knew about people living in poverty? What are some common misconceptions about poverty prevention?...

68: Immigration and Welcoming the Stranger ft. Ashley Feasley

68: Immigration and Welcoming the Stranger ft. Ashley Feasley

Did you know that the Catholic Church is the number one resettler of refugees worldwide?! I sure didn't. But honestly, there's a LOT I don't know about immigration, refugee services, and asylum-seeking. That's why I'm so thankful for today's guest, Ashley Feasley....

MINISODE: Crisis at the Border ft. Mitzi Hellmer

MINISODE: Crisis at the Border ft. Mitzi Hellmer

Since there’s so much floating around these days about immigration, I decided to dish up a double dose of Catholic feminism today. In addition to our weekly full-length episode, I’m also chatting with immigration lawyer Mitzi Hellmer in a minisode about some policy specifics—what was going on, what...

67: Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence ft. Jessica Woolbright

67: Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence ft. Jessica Woolbright

In today's episode, we chat with Jessica Woolbright of St. Martha's Hall. When you picture domestic violence, do you picture a big scary dude in a raincoat and a woman with a black eye? I do. But Jessica taught me different types of violence (physical vs. isolating vs. financial) and the...

66: Trusting God's Path and Living the Faith as a Medical Student ft. Asia Swinarski

66: Trusting God's Path and Living the Faith as a Medical Student ft. Asia Swinarski

Being a Catholic in medical school is weird. Whether it’s being told that having a family is incompatible with the life of a doctor of reading that the rhythm method and the Creighton model are basically samesies, it’s hard to live out an authentic Christian truth while still grinding away trying...

65: Dealing With Criticism, Haters, and Trolls ft. Ana Glaze

65: Dealing With Criticism, Haters, and Trolls ft. Ana Glaze

Whether you have a vibrant online ministry or you’re just livin’ normal life, every single one of us has encountered criticism. But what’s the difference between helpful, constructive criticism…and troll culture? Today’s podcast guest, Ana Glaze of That Catholic Couple, breaks down what she views...

64: Artists as Apostles of Beauty ft. Fabiola Garza

64: Artists as Apostles of Beauty ft. Fabiola Garza

Maybe you have a semi-crazy dream, like being on Oprah, writing a book, or starting a non-profit that changes the world. But it can seem pretty impossible. I hope this episode gives you the confidence our guest had when she wrote in her journal at age 11 that she wanted to one day work at Disney!...

63: Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

63: Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

So...WHY can't women be priests? After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the "club". We claim membership to an institution with a male-only leadership model. But...does that mean we can't be feminists? Why...

62: Finding Catholic Community and Thriving as a Military Wife ft. Suzanna Hinzman

62: Finding Catholic Community and Thriving as a Military Wife ft. Suzanna Hinzman

Can you imagine living on the other side of the world from your family and customs? Or not even being able to talk to your husband on your wedding anniversary? Similar to last week's guest, Suzanna Hinzman is currently living abroad--but not as a missionary. She moved to Europe from Texas due...

61: Living Out the Great Commission ft. Tina Augustine

61: Living Out the Great Commission ft. Tina Augustine

We all have fears when it comes to evangelization. Imagine going to a country where you don’t even speak the language! That’s the experience of today’s podcast guest, Tina Augustine. Tina helped spearhead the first-ever international FOCUS team and hearing her thoughts on evangelization, spiritual...

60: Religious Freedom and Making an Impact ft. Helen Alvare

60: Religious Freedom and Making an Impact ft. Helen Alvare

When I launched the podcast, I had a dream of interviewing some of my own personal heroes. I’m so lucky that the Catholic Feminist has afforded me the chance to interview women like Abby Johnson, Audrey Assad, and Sr. Virginia Joy—all interview subjects that were on my “dream guest” list. Today’s...

59: Juggling Diapers and Disciple-Making ft. Amber O'Hearn

59: Juggling Diapers and Disciple-Making ft. Amber O'Hearn

Happy almost Mother’s Day! Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with mama and podcast host Amber O’Hearn all about how we as moms can serve God and live out the Great Commission. Amber and I have a wide-ranging discussion about toddler parenting, the struggles of motherhood, and how we can live out...

58: Launching and Leading Verily Magazine ft. Kara Eschbach

58: Launching and Leading Verily Magazine ft. Kara Eschbach

Today on the show we’re chatting with Kara Eschbach, the co-founder of Verily Magazine. When Kara saw a niche within women’s magazines that wasn’t being filled—that of dignified, authentically beautiful conversation between women—she took the leap and launched a magazine along with a friend. Verily...

57: Title IX and Victim Advocacy ft. Jenne O'Neill

57: Title IX and Victim Advocacy ft. Jenne O'Neill

After our #MeToo episode aired, a representative from the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition reached out to do a follow-up episode. Jenne O’Neill breaks down what Title IX is, wha the CASC is doing to try and bring it to life at Christendom, and why it’s important to never think you’re...

56: The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo

56: The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo

Advocating for yourself within our modern-day healthcare system isn’t always easy. For many women, PMS symptoms + cramps are treated with a prescription for birth control…but that’s often just a band-aid to a deeper problem. Today, my very own NFP instructor, Hayley Stabo, is walking us through how...

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