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.


  • Episode 128: Catholic Art and Media: From Inspiration to Creation with Valerie Delgado of Pax.Beloved

    September 18th, 2023  |  20 mins 33 secs
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    God loves to speak to us through our gifts. This is what Valerie Delgado learned when she had a dry spell in her prayer life and leaned into her love of art. Through drawing she not only grew closer in her own relationship with the Lord, but also found that she could help others through her work.

    In this episode of the Ave Spotlight Catholic Art and Media series, Valerie shares this story with Chenele, as well as how it led to her current calling and the creation of Pax.Beloved. They also discuss how Christians can express and nurture their faith through art and how Catholic artists contribute to the Universal Church by offering so many different depictions of beauty to reach the hearts of people with different tastes, backgrounds, or stories.

  • Episode 127: Compassion in Action: Solidarity and the Gospel of Food with Fr. Leo Patalinghug

    September 4th, 2023  |  18 mins 5 secs
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    In the second episode of Ave Spotlight’s Compassion in Action series, guest Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Plating Grace chats with Chenele about why Jesus used meals to create solidarity and how we as Christians can continue to do that today. He also shares how a meal with others not only satisfies our physical hunger, but also our deepest craving to be known, loved, heard, and seen. Discover through Fr. Leo’s stories how this healing presence of community mixed with the joy of feasting can bridge gaps, combat marginalization, and build authentic connections.

  • Episode 126: Catholic Art and Media: Catholic Music with Will Hickl of Novum Records

    August 21st, 2023  |  23 mins 21 secs
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    Can the music you listen to be a bop AND spiritually nourishing?

    Join us this week on episode 2 of our Catholic Art and Media Series as Chenele sits down with Will Hickl of NOVUM Records to explain that, no, you don’t have to sacrifice good sound for good messages. Will shares how thanks to the easy access of streaming, on platforms such as Spotify, there has been a new Renaissance for Catholic musicians to share their talents and create music that is wholesome and fun.

    Whether you are an artist who wants to learn the ins and outs of the Catholic music scene or a music lover who is curious about how the tunes you dance to get produced, this episode offers you an insider view of how we can reclaim the beauty of music.

  • Episode 125: Compassion in Action: The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers with Sam Povlock of FemCatholic

    August 7th, 2023  |  13 mins 58 secs
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    Join us this week as we talk with Sam Povlock of FemCatholic all about a truly dignified workplace. We talk paid leave, corporate balance, and the definition of work. You don’t want to miss it!

  • Episode 124: Catholic Art and Media Series: The Future of Faithful Media with Tanner Kalina

    July 24th, 2023  |  26 mins 9 secs
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    In the first episode of our series on Catholic Art and Media, Chenele Shaw is joined by Catholic evangelist Tanner Kalina. They talk about the power of using social media as a tool of evangelization, Hollywood, Tik-Tok, and the Eucharistic Revival. You don’t want to miss it!

  • Episode 123: Compassion in Action Series: An introduction to Catholic Social Teaching with Maria Benes

    July 10th, 2023  |  24 mins 18 secs
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    In this first episode of our Compassion in Action series, Chenele Shaw and Maria Benes provide an overview of Catholic Social Teaching and its significance in the modern world. Maria sheds light on the key principles and values that guide these teachings.

  • Episode 122: The Importance of Good Books: Kids Summer Reading Edition

    June 26th, 2023  |  16 mins 36 secs
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    Are you looking for good summer reads for your kids that are not only entertaining but will also help them grow in virtue?

    Join Chenele Shaw this week as she speaks with Jessica Thornton from the Lion & Lamb, a subscription book club for kids ages newborn to twelve. Thornton discusses how she reads and reviews books to help busy parents find appropriate and inspiring reads for their kids. You don’t want to miss it!

  • Episode 121: Mary, Mother of All with Mari Wagner of West Coast Catholic

    June 12th, 2023  |  26 mins 39 secs
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    Join Chenele Shaw this week as she talks with special guest Mari Wagner of West Coast Catholic about devotions, creativity, and growing in our relationship with Mary.

  • Episode 120: Best of Episode: Evangelization, Beatitudes, and Baseball with Fr. Casey Cole, OFM

    May 30th, 2023  |  28 mins 5 secs
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    You loved this episode from Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, so much that we brought it back! We hope you enjoy this Ave Spotlight “best of” episode.

    What do a priest, baseball, and the beatitudes have in common?

    Chenele Shaw talks with popular YouTuber Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, about social media, the priesthood, and his summer of 2022 Bleacher Brothers tour. He visited all thirty MLB parks in eleven weeks with his friend Fr. Roberto “Tito” Serrano, OFM, to share the good news.

  • Episode 119: Finding Hope and Healing from Sexual Addiction with Rachael Killackey

    May 15th, 2023  |  24 mins 55 secs
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    On this episode, Rachael Killackey of Magdala Ministries joins Chenele to talk about sexual addiction, pornography, community, and rediscovering true intimacy with God. It’s a powerful discussion that you won’t want to miss!

  • Episode 118: It's Time for a Revival with Joel Stepanek

    May 1st, 2023  |  24 mins 46 secs
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    This week Chenele Shaw talks with Joel Stepanek, chief mission officer for the National Eucharist Congress, about the Eucharistic Revival. What is it? How can you be a part of it? What does it mean for the Church? Join us in this conversation about encountering Jesus in the Eucharist!

  • Episode 117: Therapy Talk: Preparing Yourself for Marriage with Regina Boyd

    April 17th, 2023  |  23 mins 48 secs
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    On this week’s episode, Chenele Shaw talks with therapist and friend-of-the-show Regina Boyd about preparing for marriage. The two also discuss how to identify red flags in a relationships. Whether you are single, engaged, or married, this episode is for you!

  • Episode 116: True Grit: Being a Man of Virtue with Paul George

    April 3rd, 2023  |  19 mins 2 secs
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    What does it mean to be a man of virtue? This week Chenele and author and Catholic life coach Paul George talk about virtue, the saints, and how men are made for holy grit. George’s new book, Holy Grit, looks at some of the tough issues facing men today—struggles in marriage, parenting, suffering, and finding purpose—to determine areas for growth and take steps toward living the life for which God created men.

  • Episode 115: Best Lent Ever with Gary Zimak

    March 20th, 2023  |  26 mins 20 secs
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    It’s not too late to make this Lenten season meaningful and transformative. Join Chenele this week as she talks with Gary Zimak, author of Give Up Worry for Lent!, about how to make the most of the weeks leading up to Easter. They talk about sticking to your fasts, being easy on yourself, and growing in your relationship with Christ.

  • Episode 114: Wakanda Forever and Grief with Jasmyn Joubert

    March 6th, 2023  |  28 mins 47 secs
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    Join Chenele and Jasmyn Joubert this week as they discuss what the Marvel superhero movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can teach us about grief and the healthy and unhealthy ways we can process it. You don’t want to miss it!

  • Episode 113: Let's Talk Dementia with Kate Fassbender

    February 20th, 2023  |  21 mins 56 secs
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    On this week's episode, Chenele talks with Kate Fassbender, founder and executive director of The Hem of Christ, a ministry of care and support for those living with dementia and their care partners. Kate explains how she was called to work in dementia care from a very young age. She also shares practical ways to accompany those with dementia, especially in their spiritual life or spiritual memory.