Catholic Exchange

Catholic Exchange

The podcast for Catholic Exchange, your daily source for spiritual encouragement and information. Our goal is to help make saints in our time. Join editor Kristen Van Uden and several CE authors discussing articles and the latest topics.


June 16, 2023 30 mins

Dr. Alex Lessard joins the podcast to discuss the organization Adeodatus, "an educational nonprofit organized to support the ongoing renewal of Catholic liberal education through conferences, community-building, publication, consulting, and due diligence."

Dr. Lessard touches upon:

  • The importance of the liberal arts and the role of the Church in education
  • The whole-person approach to education vs. the utilitari...
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Catholic Exchange contributor Mary Beth Bracy  resolved on Divine Mercy Sunday to be "married to Jesus Christ immortal." She joins the podcast to share about her vocation as a Consecrated Virgin in the world. 

Mary Beth sheds light on:

  • Saints who were consecrated virgins and the role of this vocation in the early Church
  • Her resolutions, daily responsibilities, and prayer routine
  • The community aspect of consecrat...
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Author Marlene Watkins joins the podcast to discuss her recent book Everyday Miracles of Lourdes:  Twenty Extraordinary Experiences Along the Way to the Grotto.

Marlene covers:

  • The ministry and mission of the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers
  • How Marlene's life was forever changed by her first trip to Lourdes
  • The 70 approved, documented miracles of Lourdes, plus the 7800+ testimonies of healin...
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Catholic historian and writer Elena Maria Vidal sets the record straight on the oft-maligned Catholic Queen of France and martyr of the Revolution. While candidly acknowledging the queen's faults, Elena's work paints a portrait of Marie Antoinette in all her complexity.

Drawing from her years of research, Elena discusses:

  • Popular misconceptions about the queen, then and now
  • The origin of the "let them eat ...
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Fr. Michael Rennier joins the podcast to discuss his new book The Forgotten Language: How Recovering the Poetics of the Mass Will Change Our Lives.

Father Michael discusses:

  • His conversion story: from Pentecostal student, to Episcopal priest, to Catholic priest
  • How the transcendence and wonder of the Mass played a role in his conversion
  • Combatting pride and surrendering to God's will
  • Why beauty challenges us, as oppos...
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April 14, 2023 20 mins

Catholic therapist and author Bob Schuchts joins the podcast to discuss the latest edition of his classic book Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life.

Bob addresses:

  • Emotional pain and the Seven Deadly Sins 
  • Lessons from decades as a therapist and the work of the John Paul II Healing Center
  • Forgiveness and healing within the family
  • Jesus as the Physician of Souls and the saints as our gu...
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March 24, 2023 22 mins

Longtime culture-warrior and conservative author Bill Donohue joins the podcast to discuss his new book War on Virtue: How the Ruling Class Is Killing the American Dream.

Bill shares his opinions on:

  • The "vital virtues" that are prerequisites to success
  • Why Hollywood's depravity is a coordinated effort to corrupt hearts and minds
  • Wokeism as a replacement religion
  • How average American Catholics can protect th...
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In this episode, Kristen speaks with Archduke Eduard Habsburg, Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See, about his forthcoming book The Habsburg Way.

Eduard outlines seven rules for a holy and happy life, including:

  • Get Married (and have lots of children)
  • Be Catholic (and practice your faith)
  • Believe in the Empire (and subsidiarity)
  • Die Well (and have a memorable funeral!)

We discuss several noteworthy figures fr...

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In this episode, Catholic actress, speaker, and author of Pure Power  Nicole Abisinio joins us to discuss her background and current work in Catholic filmmaking.

Nicole opens up about:

  • Her background in Hollywood and her dramatic conversion to Catholicism
  • How she spreads the Gospel message in the filmmaking industry
  • Pureflix, the wholesome alternative to Netflix 
  • Her newly released project, The Advocate, spreading awarenes...
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Phillip Campbell is a Catholic author, teacher, publisher, and regular contributor to Catholic Exchange.

Join us as we discuss:

-The writing process from idea to execution

-The future of Catholic literature

-How to instill a love of reading in your children

-How living in the digital age changes how we read and reduces reading comprehension

-Homeschooling options for Catholic families 


Phillip's latest book Wounds of Love, a st...

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November 14, 2022 26 mins

This episode features Scott Weeman, founder of Catholic in Recovery, to discuss his latest book, The Catholic in Recovery Workbook.

Topics include:

  • Scott's incredible story of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction
  • His ministry and faith-based approach to healing
  • How the cross of addiction can open doors to grace
  • How the devil exploits wounds to entrap souls in sin
  • Practical steps for Catholics struggling with addict...
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In this episode, Kristen speaks with Fr. Jeffrey Kirby about his new book A Journey to Mount Carmel: A Nine-Day Preparation for Investiture in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady.

Topics include:

  • Who should wear the brown scapular? What does the devotion entail?
  • What are Our Lady's promises to those who wear the scapular with devotion?
  • What is the difference between the brown scapular and other scapulars?
  • How does the prep...
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Today, October 7, is the feast of Our Lady of Victory, commemorating the Catholic victory at the 1571 Battle of Lepanto through the faithful's recitation of the Rosary.  In that spirit, CE editor Kristen Van Uden is joined by editor Al Smith to discuss two of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's seminal works on war: A Declaration of Dependence and War and Peace.

Topics include:

-Why atheism is at the root of the evils of totalit...

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September 16, 2022 49 mins

Kristen is joined by Kimberly Perez, M.S., LMHC, Catholic Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the founder of Divine Mercy Healing & Counseling Center in Fort Myers, Florida, to discuss the relationship between the Faith and mental health.

Topics include:

  • Embracing our inherent worthiness as children of God
  • The relationship between sin and woundedness
  • Problems with the secular approach to mental health
  • How to discern whether an ...
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Kristen speaks with Fr. Edward Looney about his latest book How They Love Mary,  available now from Sophia Institute Press.

Topics covered include:

-little known saints and devotions to Our Lady
-how all devotions to Mary point to her Son
-how to discern the particular ways Mary is calling you to honor her

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Today we speak with Annette Bergeon of Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women). We discuss how living the Faith in community is the antidote to today's social media-obsessed secular culture.

Endow has recently released a new series for teens focused on faith-based dignity, friendship, and leadership. Learn more at

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This is a fun one. You might not give much thought to the virtue of prudence. However, prudence is the virtue that allows you to take control of your life and choose the other virtues.

Today we welcome Fr. Gregory Pine, a Dominican and doctoral student as well as author of the new book Prudence: Choose Confidently, Live Boldly. We tackle the big, small, and scary questions about prudence and how you can grow in this overl...

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It's hard to believe, but the beginning of Lent is quickly approaching. In hopes that we can make this Lent bear great spiritual fruits, long-time CE author Fr. Edward Looney joins Michael to discuss how Mary can help us through our Lenten journey. 

By examining the ...

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An interview with Al Smith, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada.

In today's episode, we discuss Fulton J. Sheen and his approach to love, the greatest commandment. While love gets confused in our culture, Ven Sheen offers a comprehensive view of love and how we can love more deeply.

You can purchase The Greatest Commandment: A Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love at your local Catholic bookstore or onl...

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While our technology gives us access to tools and information beyond our imagination, it often feels like our phones are a distraction. More than helpful, our phones can be a source of angst and confusion. As Catholic Christians, though, we often have found a way to use new technology to deepen our faith. 

The Amen app is one such tool from the Augustine Institute. Bringing together prayer, meditations, scriptures, and scholarship, ...

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