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 30: Teaching Others How to Pray

    March 8th, 2021  |  12 mins 35 secs

    Carolyn Pirtle, author of Ten Ways to Pray: A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God, discusses the importance of explaining prayer in a way that encourages people to pray intentionally.

  • Episode 29: Celebrating St. Joseph

    March 1st, 2021  |  24 mins 13 secs

    Fr. Trey Ange and his large Sicilian family traditionally host a St. Joseph's Altar on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19. Ange, a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles, explains how devotion to St. Joseph has fostered a deep faith within his entire family. He has three priests and a religious sister who are his cousins.

  • Episode 28: Praying with Music

    February 22nd, 2021  |  17 mins 30 secs

    Recording artist Sarah Kroger discusses her process of writing worship music and offers advice on how to pray with music during Lent.

  • Episode 27: Ashes to Ashes

    February 15th, 2021  |  16 mins 4 secs

    Most Rev. Bill Wack, C.S.C., bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, discusses the true purpose of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer during Lent. He also explains that the ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday help us ponder the new life found in Christ.

  • Episode 26: Catholic Family Life

    February 8th, 2021  |  16 mins 31 secs
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    Mark Hart, executive vice president of Life Teen International, is the coauthor of Our Not-Quite-Holy Family with his wife, Melanie. He shares his own family's successes and failures and discusses how family life can be fruitful, joyful, and faithful. He will help you see how every member of your family can strive for holiness in 2021.

  • Episode 25: Praying with Art for Lent

    February 1st, 2021  |  18 mins 42 secs

    Catholic artist Jen Norton, author of Surrender All: An Illuminated Journal Retreat through the Stations of the Cross, says praying with sacred art can be an easy, effective, and beautiful way to grow deeper in faith, especially during Lent. Norton also discusses her creative process.

  • Episode 24: Gearing Up for Lent

    January 25th, 2021  |  13 mins 56 secs

    Gary Zimak, bestselling author of Give Up Worry for Lent, discusses focusing on making the liturgical season fruitful, healing, and hope-filled by allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our Lenten practice.

  • Episode 23: Developing Healthy Social Media Habits

    January 18th, 2021  |  22 mins 39 secs

    Ann M. Garrido, author of #Rules_of_Engagement, discusses how to engage online in a healthy, life-giving, and productive way.

  • Episode 22: Finding Faith in Food

    January 11th, 2021  |  21 mins 27 secs

    Catholic author Emily Stimpson Chapman discusses how cooking and welcoming people with simplicity and joy is the perfect way to build community, share faith, and grow in relationships with others.

  • Episode 21: Godly Goals for 2021

    January 4th, 2021  |  16 mins 37 secs

    Karen Barbieri, founder of Pietra Fitness, explains how we can set goals for the new year that focus on faith and fitness. Barbieri helps us recognize that health and holiness go hand in hand.

  • Episode 20: A Year in Review

    December 28th, 2020  |  28 mins 17 secs

    Chenele Shaw and Katie Prejean McGrady discuss their favorite Ave Spotlight episodes of the year as they reflect on 2020 through the lens of faith, prayerfulness, and hope.

  • Episode 19: Looking Forward to 2021

    December 21st, 2020  |  19 mins 42 secs

    Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J, North American director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, talks about the Year of St. Joseph recently designated by Pope Francis. Laramie says that praying for the Pope's intentions each month is a good practice to incorporate into your spiritual life.

  • Episode 18: Catholic Christmas Traditions

    December 14th, 2020  |  21 mins 7 secs
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    Elissa Tiprigan, founder of Catholic Family Crate, discusses how she creates activities to make feast days and liturgical seasons fun, family-centered, and life-giving. She also shares ways to celebrate Advent and the twelve days of Christmas.

  • Episode 17: Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

    December 7th, 2020  |  23 mins 21 secs

    Geovanne Garcia, an art teacher and youth minister in Dallas, Texas, discusses the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Mexican people and how participating in celebrations for the feast day deepened her faith as a teen.

  • Episode 16: Serving Others at the Holidays

    November 30th, 2020  |  20 mins 32 secs
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    Suzanne WiWi, copresident of the Christ Child Society of South Bend, Indiana, discusses how caring for families in need is important during this time of year, and even more so in the midst of the pandemic.

  • Episode 15: A Day in the Life of a Country Priest

    November 23rd, 2020  |  18 mins 59 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney, a pastor of two parishes in the diocese of Green Bay and author of A Heart Like Mary’s, discusses his daily life as a priest and shares how he makes time for prayer, connecting with family, and writing.