Ave Spotlight

with Chenele Shaw & Katie Prejean McGrady

About the show

Want to hear more about life from a Catholic perspective? Listen to hosts Chenele Shaw and Katie Prejean McGrady as they talk 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.


  • Episode 44: The Sacred Heart of Jesus with Emily Jaminet

    June 7th, 2021  |  18 mins 9 secs

    Emily Jaminet discusses how devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus influenced her life and that of her family. She also talks about her book Secrets of the Sacred Heart.

  • Episode 43: Living Mercifully with Mary Pezzulo

    June 1st, 2021  |  17 mins 50 secs

    Mary Pezzulo discusses how personal encounters in her life changed her perspective on what it truly means to live the Works of Mercy.

  • Episode 42: Finding Sanctuary with Jennifer Hubbard

    May 24th, 2021  |  22 mins 24 secs
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    Jennifer Hubbard discusses her book Finding Sanctuary, what sanctuary means to her, and the healing power of forgiveness.

  • Episode 41: Praying a Christ-Centered Rosary with Jim Papandrea

    May 17th, 2021  |  17 mins 46 secs

    James L. Papandrea discusses how his devotion to the Rosary began after his reversion to the faith and how the Rosary helps us grow closer to God.

  • Episode 40: The Power of Pentecost with Fr. Cassidy Stinson, The Happy Priest

    May 10th, 2021  |  18 mins 21 secs

    Fr. Cassidy Stinson discusses the power of Pentecost and how we can pray for the Holy Spirit to help us get a better understanding of ourselves.

  • Episode 39: Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 3rd, 2021  |  17 mins 21 secs

    This week Ave Spotlight celebrates teachers, Madeleine Post discusses what she's learned working with students in an all-girls Catholic school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during COVID and what inspired her to become a teacher.

  • Episode 38: Making the Bible Your Own with Sarah Christmyer

    April 26th, 2021  |  20 mins 36 secs

    Sarah Christmyer discusses how to make the Bible part of your daily life. She also outlines the unique features of The Ave Catholic Notetaking Bible for which she is a contributor.

  • Episode 37: Self-Care and the Easter Season with Steven Joubert

    April 19th, 2021  |  24 mins 29 secs

    Musician Steven Joubert discusses self-care and wellness, the beauty of Easter, and the power of the Resurrection on our spiritual lives. Joubert said he lives with a greater sense of peace and a stronger relationship with Christ and his Church.

  • Episode 36: The Easter Season

    April 12th, 2021  |  18 mins 39 secs

    Deacon Greg Kandra discusses his journey to become a deacon, tips for growing in your spiritual life, and the beauty of the Easter liturgy.

  • Episode 35: Divine Mercy Sunday

    April 5th, 2021  |  21 mins 45 secs

    Michele Faehnle discusses how devotion to the Divine Mercy has shaped her life. She also shares tips on living out the works of mercy in your day-to-day life and how we can be merciful to others.

  • Episode 33: The Theology of Style

    March 29th, 2021  |  19 mins 7 secs

    Lillian Fallon discusses her passion for what she calls a "theology of style": how to view your personal style through the lens of the Theology of the Body. Through social media, Fallon expresses how personal style is an opportunity "to make visible, what is invisible," which St. John Paull II identified as the soul of the person.

  • Episode 32: Holy Week

    March 22nd, 2021  |  18 mins 51 secs

    Fr. John Burns talks about how Holy Week gives us a chance to enter intentionally into the suffering of Christ.

  • Episode 31: Celebrating St. Patrick

    March 15th, 2021  |  18 mins 39 secs

    James McLoughlin, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Clogher in Northern Ireland, discusses the history and tradition of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. He explains how St. Patrick is revered in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • Episode 30: Teaching Others How to Pray

    March 8th, 2021  |  12 mins 35 secs

    Carolyn Pirtle, author of Ten Ways to Pray: A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God, discusses the importance of explaining prayer in a way that encourages people to pray intentionally.

  • Episode 29: Celebrating St. Joseph

    March 1st, 2021  |  24 mins 13 secs

    Fr. Trey Ange and his large Sicilian family traditionally host a St. Joseph's Altar on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19. Ange, a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles, explains how devotion to St. Joseph has fostered a deep faith within his entire family. He has three priests and a religious sister who are his cousins.

  • Episode 28: Praying with Music

    February 22nd, 2021  |  17 mins 30 secs

    Recording artist Sarah Kroger discusses her process of writing worship music and offers advice on how to pray with music during Lent.