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 63: Healing for Adult Children of Divorce

    October 18th, 2021  |  19 mins 16 secs
    adult children of divorce, ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, dan and bethany meola, life-giving wounds

    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
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic women, chenele shaw, femcatholic, samantha povlock

    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
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, children and mental health, jasmyn joubert, school counselor

    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
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcast, chenele shaw, regina boyd, stages of self-change

    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
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, feminine genius podcast, rachel wong

    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.

  • Episode 53: Called to Create with Christie Peters of Every Sacred Sunday

    August 9th, 2021  |  24 mins 2 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic art, chenele shaw, christie peters, every sacred sunday, mass journal. catholic

    Going from college roommates to business owners wasn't an easy feat for Christie Peters and Kassie Manning, cocreators of Every Sacred Sunday, a popular weekly Mass journal. Join us this week as we chat with Peters about using her creative talent to share her love of the Mass and the Gospel with others.

  • Episode 52: Mariana Pimiento (Big Apple Catholic) on Being Called to Mission

    August 2nd, 2021  |  25 mins 20 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, big apple catholic, chenele shaw, focus, mariana pimiento, missionary

    As a young teen, Mariana Pimiento, aka Big Apple Catholic, dreamt of moving to New York City. While in the Big Apple, she fell away from the faith until she was invited to Mass and dinner by a street missionary. Hear more from Pimiento on how God called her to missionary work with FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

  • Episode 51: Q&A on Women’s Health with Dr. Monique Ruberu

    July 26th, 2021  |  30 mins 15 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic, chenele shaw, contraception, contraceptives, creighton method, dr. monique ruberu, nfp, pro-life, women's health

    Dr. Monique Ruberu, a pro-life ObGyn, answers submitted questions on women's health, Natural Family Planning, and contraception. Ruberu shares a wealth of information to empower women and enhance the love of spouses. This is an episode you don't want to miss!

  • Episode 50: Addiction, Sobriety, and Embracing Community with Scott Weeman

    July 19th, 2021  |  28 mins 24 secs
    addictions, ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic in recovery, sacraments, scott weeman, sobriety, the twelve steps, the twelve steps and the sacraments

    Can the sacraments help on the journey to sobriety? Scott Weeman shows us that the answer is "absolutely" as he shares his amazing story of how his faith brought him from battling his addiction to being a thriving, sober father of three.

  • Episode 49: Tommy Tighe on Saints Who Struggled with Mental Health Issues

    July 12th, 2021  |  26 mins 36 secs
    ave maria press, ave spotlight, chenele shaw, dorothy day, edith stein, emotional health, saint dymphna’s playbook, saints, self-love, st. dymphna, tommy tighe

    Can we be saints and struggle with mental illness? Join Chenele Shaw and mental health counselor Tommy Tighe on this special episode where they talk about saints who strived for holiness and struggled with mental illness.

  • Episode 48: Meg Hunter-Kilmer Spotlight on a Saint

    July 6th, 2021  |  19 mins 59 secs
    addiction, ave maria press, ave spotlight, catholic podcasts, chenele shaw, faithfulness, free catholic podcasts, meg hunter-kilmer, recovery, sainthood, saints, st. mark ji tianxiang

    Let's talk saints! Author and speaker Meg Hunter-Kilmer discusses St. Mark Ji Tianxiang who, although he struggled with addiction throughout his life, lived with great faith.