Ave Spotlight

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

95 episodes of Ave Spotlight since the first episode, which aired on August 10th, 2020.

  • Episode 80: Celebrating Black Catholics with Marcia Lane-McGee

    February 7th, 2022  |  20 mins 10 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, black history month, chenele shaw, fat luther, marcia lane-mcgee, plaid skirts and basic black podcast, slim pickin's

    Happy Black History Month! Join Chenele and Marcia Lane-McGee in this special episode to talk about the uniqueness of Black Catholic culture, Marcia's new book "Fat Luther, Slim Pickin’s", and her work as cohost of the Plaid Skirts and Basic Black podcast.

  • Episode 79: Gaming and the Gospel with Jonathan Blevins

    January 31st, 2022  |  23 mins 7 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, bearded blevins, chenele shaw, evangelizing online, evangelizing through gaming, gaming for good, jonathan blevins

    How can we use social media to evangelize? In this episode, Chenele talks with Jon Blevins—AKA "Bearded Blevins"—founder of Little Flower Media, about building a community for Christ through gaming.

  • Episode 78: Consistently Pro-Life with Sam Povlock from FemCatholic

    January 24th, 2022  |  21 mins 6 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, consistent life ethic, femcatholic, from womb to tomb, pro-life, samantha povlock

    What does it mean to be consistently pro-life?

    This week Samantha Povlock, founder and CEO of FemCatholic, chats with Chenele Shaw about the pro-life movement and what being pro-life means. They also discuss how best to support women while maintaining ethical consistency.

    If you have ever wondered what the Church has to say about these issues, and how to go about living this out in your everyday life, this episode is for you. 

  • Episode 77: Gay and Christian with Eve Tushnet

    January 17th, 2022  |  18 mins 53 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, eve tushnet, gay and catholic, gay and christian

    What would happen if gay Christians began to believe the truth about God—that he loves all people unconditionally?

    Join Chenele this week as she talks with Eve Tushnet about navigating rejection and embracing God's love as a gay Christian. She'll discuss her new book Tenderness and what drew her to the Catholic Church.

  • Episode 76: Welcoming People of ALL Abilities with Christy Wilkens

    January 10th, 2022  |  28 mins 37 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, awakening at lourdes, chenele shaw, christy wilkens, disabilities, disability catholic ministry, raising disabled children

    How can parish communities best love and support those with visible disabilities, as well as those with disabilities we cannot see? Join Chenele and author Christy Wilkens as they talk about Christy's experience with family members who have disabilities. They also discuss how members of a parish can create a more welcoming community for those with disabilities.

  • Episode 75: Learning to Love Your Body with Shelby Hirschman

    January 3rd, 2022  |  25 mins 16 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, good body nutrition, love your body, nutrition, self-care, shelby hirschman

    Shelby from Good Body Nutrition joins us this week where we talk nutrition, faith, and learning to love your body.

  • Episode 73: Walking with Loved Ones who Experience Gender Dysphoria with Julia Sadusky

    December 27th, 2021  |  25 mins 2 secs
    accompaniment, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, gender dysphoria, gender identity, julia sadusky, loving our neighbor

    How can we walk with loved ones struggling with gender dysphoria and stay true to the Catholic faith?

    Psychologist Julia Sadusky discusses with Chenele what she has learned about gender identity through her research and clinical practice. Sadusky shares helpful tips on talking about gender and most importantly on how to listen well.

  • Episode 72: The Christmas SEASON with Fr. Joe Laramie

    December 20th, 2021  |  23 mins 53 secs
    apostleship of prayer, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, christmas season, fr. joe laramie, pope's worldwide prayer network, sj

    Join Chenele on this special Christmas episode of Ave Spotlight with our good friend Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ, of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, as he leads us through an Ignatian meditation and talks about why Elf is the best holiday movie!

  • Episode 71: Nearness with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

    December 13th, 2021  |  16 mins 30 secs
    adore, advent 2021, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, fr. john burns, katie prejean mcgrady, solt, sr. miriam james heidland, valerie delgado

    Enjoy this special episode from Ave Explores! Katie Prejean McGrady talks with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, about drawing near to Jesus during Advent for peace and comfort in times of sorrow and distress.

  • Episode 70: Servant of God Thea Bowman with Karianna Frey

    December 6th, 2021  |  20 mins 15 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, free catholic podcast, karianna frey, servant of god thea bowman, usccb

    Servant of God Thea Bowman--a renowned Black Catholic evangelizer, teacher, writer, and singer--continues to inspire many people more than two decades after her death. Join Chenele as she talks with Karianna Frey, editor of We Are Beloved: 30 days with Thea Bowman, about what can learn from this holy woman.

  • Episode 69: A Journey to Sisterhood: Becoming a Nun in 2021 with Sr. Dolores Carmel Benitez

    November 29th, 2021  |  24 mins 46 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, carmelite sisters of the aged and infirmed, chenele shaw, sr. dolores carmel benetiz

    Discernment can be a blessing and a challenge. In this episode, Sr. Dolores Carmel Benitez shares her story of discernment and how she responded to God's call!

  • Episode 68: Dating Q&A with Regina Boyd

    November 22nd, 2021  |  19 mins 29 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic dating, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, dating, regina boyd

    Let's talk dating! Chenele and Regina Boyd, a Catholic licensed counselor, answer listener-submitted questions on dating, getting out there, and giving yourself a break.

  • Episode 67: Can Catholics Party? with Mari Pablo

    November 15th, 2021  |  17 mins 35 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, can catholics party, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, faithful friends, free catholic podcast, mari pablo

    Partying with friends can sometimes lead to behaviors that are unhealthy and harmful. Campus minister Mari Pablo shares tips to help fellow Catholics create a community of support, accountability, and holiness.

  • Episode 66: Lessons of Purpose from Marvel's Shang-Chi with Adrienne Garalde

    November 8th, 2021  |  17 mins 1 sec
    adrienne garalde, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, living ardently podcast, shang-chi

    The new movie Shang-Chi has been rocking the box office. Chenele visits with fellow Marvel nerd Adrienne Garalde to talk about the lessons he takes from the film by viewing it through a Catholic lens, especially how meaningful it was to see an Asian-American hero portrayed on the big screen.

  • Episode 65: All Souls' Day with Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP

    November 1st, 2021  |  26 mins 51 secs
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    Memento Mori means "remember your death". In this interview, Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP shares with us how living every day with death in mind actually helps you to live more fully.

  • Episode 64: All Saints Day with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    October 25th, 2021  |  22 mins 19 secs
    all saints day, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, meg hunter kilmer, pray for us, saints

    It’s the best day of the year! The amazing Meg-Hunter Kilmer talks about All Saints Day and many of her heavenly friends. Check out this episode and meet a new saint friend.