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 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.

  • Episode 86: Take it Easy this Lent with Regina Boyd

    March 21st, 2022  |  22 mins 47 secs
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    Therapist Regina Boyd joins Chenele this week to talk about Lenten promises, scrupulosity, and not being too hard on yourself.

  • Episode 85: Radical Evangelization with Santonio Hill of Vagabond Missions

    March 14th, 2022  |  28 mins 47 secs
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    This week Chenele talks with Santonio Hill about how Vagabond Missions evangelizes to communities on the peripheries. Also, find out how you can answer the call to serve with your unique gifts.

  • Episode 84: A Devotion Turned Calling with Steve Kerekes from Scapulars.com

    March 7th, 2022  |  22 mins 12 secs
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    Have you ever wondered what a scapular is and why Catholics wear one? Chenele talks with Steve Kerekes, founder of scapulars.com, about how he came to love the devotion of wearing scapulars and how it has changed his life.

  • Episode 83: Journey to the Diaconate with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

    February 28th, 2022  |  23 mins 19 secs
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    Join us on our last episode for Black History Month where we visit with author and speaker Deacon Harold-Sivers. We talk about his journey to becoming a deacon, serving his community, and his new book Our Life of Service.

  • Episode 82: Celebrating Black Saints with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    February 21st, 2022  |  28 mins 18 secs
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    Chenele and Meg Hunter-Kilmer talk about the blessing and importance of befriending saints whose life experience is much different from our own. Meg also introduces lesser-known Black saints and shares her personal story of becoming friends with saints who are different from her.

    Do you ever think of the saints as your friends? What if you befriended a saint who is different from you?

  • Episode 81: Catholics United for Black Lives with Shannon Wimp Schmidt

    February 14th, 2022  |  17 mins 28 secs
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    Chenele talks with Shannon Wimp Schmidt, founding member and media director of Catholics United for Black Lives about responding to racism, educating the Church, and faithfully supporting the Black Lives Matter movement while staying true to Church teaching.