Ave Spotlight

with Chenele Shaw

About the show

Want to hear more about life from a Catholic perspective? Listen to host Chenele Shaw as she talks with special guests about culture, current events, and all things Catholic. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of your faith and how to live it in the world today.

Episodes

  • Episode 102: The Power of Invitation: A Conversion Story with Santonio Hill

    September 19th, 2022  |  30 mins 58 secs
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    Join Chenele as she talks with Santonio Hill of Vagabond Missions about his conversion story and how a simple invitation brought the Lord into his life. We are excited for you to hear it.

  • Episode 101: Giving Thanks and Letting Go with Danielle Bean

    September 6th, 2022  |  25 mins 23 secs
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    Danielle Bean joins Chenele to talk about sending your child to college, supporting their independence, and parental paranoia. Danielle shares her personal testimony of trusting God, and what she would tell her younger self.

  • Episode 100: Celebrating the 100th Episode of Ave Spotlight

    August 22nd, 2022  |  22 mins 25 secs
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    This week we're celebrating the 100th episode of Ave Spotlight! Join host Chenele Shaw and former host Katie Prejean McGrady as they chat about how it feels to host their own show, their favorite episodes, and what gives them hope.

  • Episode 99: Host Chenele Shares Her Story of Reversion to the Faith

    August 8th, 2022  |  12 mins 57 secs
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    In the final episode of the Ave Spotlights ummer conversion story series, host Chenele Shaw shares her own inspiring story of hope--from getting kicked out of high school to managing a Philly cheesesteak restaurant to becoming director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Orlando.

  • Episode 98: Leah Darrow on the Power of Personal Development

    July 25th, 2022  |  34 mins 50 secs
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    This week Chenele Shaw chats with Leah Darrow of Power Made Perfect, her new Christocentric personal development program. Darrow talks about being your best self and shares about her powerful conversion from despair and shame to hope, mercy, and the love of Jesus.

  • Episode 97: Eve Tushnet on How the Truth and Beauty of Catholicism Led to Her Conversion

    July 11th, 2022  |  22 mins 55 secs
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    Chenele chats with Eve Tushnet about her conversion to Catholicism. After being deeply inspired by the reliquaries of the Church, Tushnet explored the faith more intentionally and was moved by the beauty and truth of Catholicism. She also shares some insight on how to discuss the topic of conversion with others.

  • Episode 96: Leah Libresco Sargeant on Her Conversion from Atheism to Catholicism

    June 27th, 2022  |  20 mins 32 secs
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    Chenele talks with Leah Libresco Sargeant about her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. After many debates during college, Sargeant was inspired to investigate Catholicism more fully by the faithful witness of her peers. She also offers suggestions about how to engage in healthy debates with those who have different beliefs.

  • Episode 95: Gloria Purvis on Her Conversion to the Catholic Faith

    June 13th, 2022  |  30 mins 6 secs
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    In this episode, Chenele Shaw chats with Gloria Purvis about her conversion to Catholicism when she was twelve years old after encountering the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Although her parents were not Catholic, they supported her passion to witness to the faith as an advocate for the sacredness and dignity of the unborn, and Black lives.

  • Episode 94: Best of Ave Spotlight: Saints who Struggled with Mental Issues with Tommy Tighe

    May 30th, 2022  |  28 mins 36 secs
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    You loved this episode from Tommy Tighe so much that we have brought it back! We hope you enjoy this new feature of Ave Spotlight in which we replay these "best of" episodes from time to time.

    Oscar Romero. Dorothy Day. Thérèse of Lisieux. Edith Stein. All these great saints struggled with their mental health.

    Join Chenele Shaw and mental health counselor Tommy Tighe on this special episode where they talk about saints who strove for holiness and brought their mental struggles to the Lord.

  • Episode 93: Female Doctors of the Church and Spiritual Direction with Vinita Hampton Wright

    May 16th, 2022  |  27 mins 55 secs
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    Are you interested in spiritual direction but not sure how to get started? 

    Join us this week as Chenele talks with Vinita Hampton Wright about the difference between spiritual direction and therapy, why it is valuable to one's faith journey, and how to find a spiritual director. Wright also introduces us to her new book, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. 

  • Episode 92: Integrating Work and Faith with John Cannon of SENT Ventures

    May 2nd, 2022  |  20 mins 24 secs
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    Do you wish your work culture reflected the values of your Catholic faith?

    Join Chenele Shaw and John Cannon, founder of SENT Ventures—an organization that supports and mentors Catholic entrepreneurs— as they discuss how change in the workplace begins with one person who wants to grow in holiness. Cannon encourages those he mentors—and you—to be more intentional about scheduling time for prayer, Mass, community involvement, rest, and other practices that will allow God to work through you.

  • Episode 91: Evangelization, Beatitudes, and Baseball with Fr. Casey Cole, OFM

    April 25th, 2022  |  27 mins 8 secs
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    What do a priest, baseball, and the beatitudes have in common?

    Join Chenele Shaw this week as she talks with popular YouTuber Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, about social media, the priesthood, and this summer's Bleacher Brothers tour. He will visit all thirty MLB parks in eleven weeks with his friend Fr. Roberto "Tito" Serrano, OFM, to share the good news.

  • Episode 90: Beginning Well with Joel Stepanek

    April 18th, 2022  |  23 mins 42 secs
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    We only have a few firsts in life, but we have many new beginnings. Do you embrace a fresh start as an exciting opportunity or do you mourn what you left behind?

    In this week's episode, Chenele Shaw and Joel Stepanek discuss how to meet new beginnings with grace and as moments to encounter Jesus Christ. Stepanek—vice president of parish services at Life Teen—also offers practical strategies for beginning well that will help you joyfully grow as a Christian.

  • Episode 89: Faith, Hope, and Love for the Ukrainian Catholic Church with The Very Reverend Mark Morozowich

    April 11th, 2022  |  54 mins 6 secs
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    The Very Reverend Mark Morozowich joins Katie Prejean McGrady and Chenele Shaw, in a special crossover episode of Ave Explores and Ave Spotlight, to discuss the war in Ukraine and provide historical and spiritual context to the conflict, tell the stories of resilient and holy Ukrainian Catholics, and offer insights into how to pray and fast for peace.

  • Episode 88: A Source of Renewal—Preparing for Holy Week and Easter with Fr. Michael White

    April 4th, 2022  |  21 mins 38 secs
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    In this episode, Fr. Michael White of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, talks with Chenele about how fully engaging in Holy Week services, the Triduum, and the Easter season can be a powerful source of renewal.

  • Episode 87: Hope in the Face of Evil with Tom Corcoran

    March 28th, 2022  |  22 mins 23 secs
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    How can God allow horrible things to happen? In this episode, Chenele talks with Tom Corcoran, coauthor of Seriously God?, about evil and navigating the challenges of life. Corcoran says that difficulties are actually opportunities to rely on the Lord, learn more about him, and deepen our relationship with him.