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

    November 29th, 2021  |  24 mins 46 secs
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Episode 63: Healing for Adult Children of Divorce

    October 18th, 2021  |  19 mins 16 secs
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    In this episode, Chenele talks with Daniel and Bethany Meola, cofounders of Life-Giving Wounds, a ministry for Catholic adult children of divorce that allows them to discuss their pain and experience Christ's healing. The Meolas also share resources they offer, including online or in-person retreats, support groups, and more.

  • Episode 62: How Can You Help? Hurricane Response with Adam Fuselier

    October 11th, 2021  |  25 mins 55 secs
    adam fuselier, ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, dumb ox ministries, hurricane relief

    Multiple natural disasters have left many of our brothers and sisters, especially those in Louisiana, in great need. Today we are joined by Adam Fuselier, managing director of Dumb Ox Ministries. He discusses ways we can support our brothers and sisters affected by tragedy.

  • Episode 61: Navigating Tough Conversations with Samantha Povlock of FemCatholic

    October 4th, 2021  |  16 mins 54 secs
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    Samantha Povlock, the founder of FemCatholic, discusses how to navigate tough conversations and shares resources we can use to be a part of challenging dialogues.

  • Episode 60: Raising Your Consciousness about Ethical Fashion with Veronica Marrinan of Litany NYC

    September 27th, 2021  |  21 mins 7 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, ethical fashion, litany nyc, sustainability, veronica marrinan

    Is ethical and sustainable shopping attainable? If so, how do you do it? Join us this week as we talk about fashion and consumer responsibility with Veronica Marrinan, founder of Litany NYC fashion brand.

  • Episode 59: The Danger of Purity Culture with Hannah Gutierrez

    September 20th, 2021  |  16 mins 54 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, hannah gutierrez, purity culture, the culture project, theology of the body

    Let's talk purity culture! In this episode, Hannah Gutierrez, formerly with the Culture Project, talks about sexual education and how to find balance in our hyper-sexualized world. Gutierrez hopes that people recognize their value and worth to live a life of virtue free of shame and open to God's mercy.

  • Episode 58: A Catholic Response to Talking About Suicide with Deacon Shoener

    September 13th, 2021  |  31 mins 26 secs

    In this special episode, we talk about how the Church responds to mental illness and suicide. Deacon Ed Shoener shares the story of the tragic death of his daughter Katie and the power of community after loss.

  • Episode 57: Where Do We Go from Here? The Church and the Covid-19 Pandemic

    September 7th, 2021  |  34 mins 24 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, church and covid-19, fr. blake britton, word on fire

    How do we live our lives as joyful Catholics after a pandemic? How do we re-enter parish life? Join us this week as Fr. Blake Britton discusses how to find joy amid anxiety.

  • Episode 56: Children and the Mental Health Crisis with Jasmyn Joubert

    August 30th, 2021  |  31 mins 7 secs
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    This past year has brought its fair share of challenges, especially in regard to the mental health of children. School counselor Jasmyn Joubert discusses how to help kids navigate difficult times.

  • Episode 55: The 5 Stages of Self-Change with Regina Boyd

    August 23rd, 2021  |  27 mins 21 secs
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    Listen to licensed counselor Regina Boyd discuss the challenges of self-change and how we can take action to improve our lives.

  • Episode 54: Diversity of Femininity with Rachel Wong

    August 16th, 2021  |  26 mins 23 secs
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    This one is for the ladies! What does diversity of femininity in the Church look like? Join Chenele Shaw as she talks feminine genius with Rachel Wong, host of The Feminine Genius Podcast.