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 112: Building a Bible Habit with Sarah Christmyer

    February 5th, 2023  |  24 mins 40 secs
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    Join Chenele Shaw this week to dive into the scriptures with Sarah Christmyer, host of the _Living the Word Bible Podcast and general editor of the Living the Word Catholic Women's Bible. Sarah will share tips for how to be intentional about reading the Word of God. Pick up your Bible and join us!

  • Episode 111: Women and Sports with Sam Kelley of FIERCE Athlete

    January 23rd, 2023  |  21 mins 48 secs
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    Join Chenele this week as she talks with Sam Kelley of FIERCE Athlete about all things women and sports. FIERCE Athlete--which stands for Femininity, Identity, Embodiment, Receptivity, Catholicism, and Encounter--is an organization that supports and mentors female athletes and helps them to recognize their authentic identity as a daughter of God. Sam shares her journey of conversion and how the Lord spoke to her heart after a tragic injury. You don't want to miss it!

  • Episode 110: New Year's Resolutions with Jasmyn Joubert

    January 9th, 2023  |  24 mins 33 secs
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    Happy New Year! During the first episode of the new year host Chenele Shaw and her good friend Jasmyn Joubert chat about resolutions. They will talk about new friends, the Bible in a Year Podcast, and signing up for that new gym membership.

  • Episode 109: Best of Ave Spotlight: The Christmas SEASON with Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ

    December 26th, 2022  |  24 mins 12 secs
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    Join Chenele on this special "best of" Christmas episode with our good friend Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ, of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network. Fr. Joe leads us through an Ignatian meditation and talks about why Elf is the best holiday movie.

  • Episode 108: All About Dating with Lillian Fallon

    December 12th, 2022  |  20 mins 36 secs
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    On this week's episode, Chenele talks with long-time friend, Lillian Fallon, about dating--preferred apps, dating in your 30s, and how to stay hopeful. You don't want to miss it!

  • Episode 107: Faith in the Unexpected with Allison Gingras

    November 28th, 2022  |  26 mins 17 secs
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    Allison Gingras, author of Encountering Signs of Faith, shares the story of how her daughter's adoption helped her trust and encounter the Lord. Allison and Chenele also talk about sacramentals and how they help us to learn about the faith in unexpected ways.

  • Episode 106: Let's Talk Mass with Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP

    November 14th, 2022  |  25 mins 49 secs
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    Have you ever had questions about the Catholic faith? Perhaps you were confused about something you heard at Sunday Mass? You are not alone.

    This week Chenele and Busted Halo's Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, discuss ways to learn more about the faith and avoid simply going through the motions. They also talk about Fr. Dave's new book Mass Class and the questions he is most frequently asked about Catholicism.

  • Episode 105: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath

    October 31st, 2022  |  22 mins 24 secs
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    In this episode of, Chenele and Lisa Hendey, founder of the award-winning CatholicMom.com and author of 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath, talk about how to incorporate the Advent wreath into your seasonal traditions while building community and getting out of your normal routine.

  • Episode 104: Misconceptions of Vatican II with Fr. Blake Britton

    October 17th, 2022  |  26 mins 30 secs
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    The 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II was October 11, 2022. There have been a lot of misunderstandings about what really happened during the council. Fr. Blake Britton, author of Reclaiming Vatican II, joins Chenele to address common misconceptions, why the liturgy is a priority, and hope for the faith of millennials.

  • Episode 103: Best of Ave Spotlight: The 5 Stages of Self-Change with Regina Boyd

    October 3rd, 2022  |  29 mins 4 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 102: The Power of Invitation: A Conversion Story with Santonio Hill

    September 19th, 2022  |  30 mins 58 secs
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    Join Chenele as she talks with Santonio Hill of Vagabond Missions about his conversion story and how a simple invitation brought the Lord into his life. We are excited for you to hear it.

  • Episode 101: Giving Thanks and Letting Go with Danielle Bean

    September 6th, 2022  |  25 mins 23 secs
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    Danielle Bean joins Chenele to talk about sending your child to college, supporting their independence, and parental paranoia. Danielle shares her personal testimony of trusting God, and what she would tell her younger self.

  • Episode 100: Celebrating the 100th Episode of Ave Spotlight

    August 22nd, 2022  |  22 mins 25 secs
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    This week we're celebrating the 100th episode of Ave Spotlight! Join host Chenele Shaw and former host Katie Prejean McGrady as they chat about how it feels to host their own show, their favorite episodes, and what gives them hope.

  • Episode 99: Host Chenele Shares Her Story of Reversion to the Faith

    August 8th, 2022  |  12 mins 57 secs
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    In the final episode of the Ave Spotlights ummer conversion story series, host Chenele Shaw shares her own inspiring story of hope--from getting kicked out of high school to managing a Philly cheesesteak restaurant to becoming director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Orlando.

  • Episode 98: Leah Darrow on the Power of Personal Development

    July 25th, 2022  |  34 mins 50 secs
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    This week Chenele Shaw chats with Leah Darrow of Power Made Perfect, her new Christocentric personal development program. Darrow talks about being your best self and shares about her powerful conversion from despair and shame to hope, mercy, and the love of Jesus.

  • Episode 97: Eve Tushnet on How the Truth and Beauty of Catholicism Led to Her Conversion

    July 11th, 2022  |  22 mins 55 secs
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    Chenele chats with Eve Tushnet about her conversion to Catholicism. After being deeply inspired by the reliquaries of the Church, Tushnet explored the faith more intentionally and was moved by the beauty and truth of Catholicism. She also shares some insight on how to discuss the topic of conversion with others.