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The Dignity of Women - Episode 021 - Fr. Donald Calloway

The Dignity of Women - Episode 021 - Fr. Donald Calloway

August 14, 2019

Fr. Donald Calloway, a Catholic priest, often known as the “surfer priest” with a radical conversation through Our Lady joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to explain how a high school dropout and juvenile delinquent becomes the prolific defender of Mary and her spouse Joseph.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 020 - Patrick Sullivan

The Dignity of Women - Episode 020 - Patrick Sullivan

July 9, 2019

Catholic lay evangelist, Patrick Sullivan was raised by a single mother in rough neighborhoods of Canada and grew up with poor examples of father figures throughout his childhood and teens. It wasn't until a miraculous experience that Patrick turned to God and the Catholic Church and found the example of fatherhood he had longed for in the Catholic priesthood. Patrick Sullivan of Evango joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share how he learned to fully live his fatherhood through the scriptures, and how he works with others to create a household rooted in peace.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 019 - Dr. John Bruchalski (Abortionist turned Pro-Life Doc)

The Dignity of Women - Episode 019 - Dr. John Bruchalski (Abortionist turned Pro-Life Doc)

June 4, 2019

How does a young man from a devout Catholic family, with a Catholic school education, and a strong desire to help others, become a medical doctor who preforms abortions, sterilizations, and creates embryos for In Vitro Fertilization? Dr. John Bruchalski of Tepeac Family Center joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to explain how he was carried down this "slippery slope," and how an encounter with the Blessed Mother brought him back to the truth - where he has been fighting the pro-life cause ever since.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 018 - Catholic Feminism

The Dignity of Women - Episode 018 - Catholic Feminism

May 8, 2019

Feminism is largely associated with women's rights. It has remained a fluid term throughout its several waves, currently promoting reproductive rights and the abolition of gender. It seems almost impossible to imagine how feminism and Catholicism could possibly share any ideologies at all, much less considering Jesus, Mary, and many saints to be feminists. Claire Swinarski of The Catholic Feminist joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to explain how Catholicism and Feminism are compatible and intertwined.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 017 - From the Cloister

The Dignity of Women - Episode 017 - From the Cloister

April 30, 2019

It always seems to surprise people in modern society that the Church is still receiving vocations, and that God is still calling young men and women to give their lives to Him as priest or religious sister. Beyond that surprise however, lies a much greater awe – the embrace of some men and women to the life of a cloistered monk or nun. Sr. Mary Veronica joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share what life in like from inside the cloister, and how a well educated and intelligent young woman with everything going for her chose such a life for Christ.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 016 - Janet Smith

The Dignity of Women - Episode 016 - Janet Smith

April 4, 2019

Janet E. Smith is the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She taught at the University of Notre Dame for 9 years and the University of Dallas for 12. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and The Right to Privacy, and Self-Gift: Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II . She edited Why Humanae Vitae is Right: A Reader, Life Issues, Medical Choices (with Christopher Kaczor) Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attractions (with R. Paul Check) and Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 015 - Irene Alexander

The Dignity of Women - Episode 015 - Irene Alexander

March 19, 2019

The "feminine genius" is a term that was advanced by St. John Paul II during his papacy, and has challenged and encouraged both women and men in the Church since then. But what exactly "is" the feminine genius and how do women fully live this out, in order to find that happiness that brings her communion with God through her unique created nature.  Irene Alexander joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to unpack the teachings and richness of the theology of the feminine genius.

The Dignity Of Women - Episode 014 - Alice von Hildebrand

The Dignity Of Women - Episode 014 - Alice von Hildebrand

February 26, 2019

Alice von Hildebrand was close to her PhD in philosophy when she began applying to Catholic colleges - all of which turned her down, despite her strong curriculum vitae, because they refused to hire a women to teach philosophy. Alice had only been in the country for 7 years, speaking French most of her life previously, and at this point desperately needed a job. Hunter College (for women) desperately needed a substitute philosophy professor, so Dr. Von Hildebrand began immediately what would become a very challenging career, finally accepting an early retirement with the lowest possible pension. For 14 years she was paid hourly, with no medical coverage, no tenure, and a teaching schedule that kept her until 10PM, precisely because she was a woman. Dr. Von Hildebrand won an award for excellence in teaching - competing against 600 professors. Alice von Hildebrand joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share her great wisdom on femininity, feminism, and the greatness of faith that distinguishes the two.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 013 - Rannah Evetts

The Dignity of Women - Episode 013 - Rannah Evetts

February 6, 2019

Rannah Evetts followed a call to teach sign language in Africa shortly after her senior year of High School, in which she was baptized into the Catholic faith. Rannah worked for 7 months in an established deaf school in Uganda’s capital city before discerning with the local priest and Bishop that she should start her own Catholic school for deaf children. In 2016 Rannah was given permission by the Bishop as well as a catechesis building to begin what became St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in a remote village in the NW corner of Uganda, right next to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Rannah was 21 years old when Bishop Wanok granted her the building.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 012 - Hookup Culture

The Dignity of Women - Episode 012 - Hookup Culture

January 15, 2019

Perhaps you avoided the hookup culture altogether when you were dating your spouse, and therefore honestly can't understand it at all. Or maybe you encountered your fair share of it when you were navigating the messy waters of love. Some of you, I'm sure are even wading through it now! One of the primary and most frustrating elements of today's dating world is the fear of commitment. Professor Tim O'Malley gives his students extra credit for going on a date and analyzing that date according to the art of dating (there are actual skills to be learned)! Tim joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to unpack the popularized utilitarian concept of "hooking up," which has sought to replace dating and therefore threaten the healthy process of communication leading into the entrance of marriage. Tim looks at God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 011 - Kimberly Hahn

The Dignity of Women - Episode 011 - Kimberly Hahn

December 19, 2018

Veteran moms have so much wisdom to pass on the future generations, and we don't hear their voices nearly as much as we would like to. Kimberly Hahn joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share her experience homeschooling six children, her conversion to the Catholic faith alongside husband and scripture scholar, Scott Hahn, and her recent segue into local politics.

The Dignity of Women – Episode 010 - The Grace of Enough

The Dignity of Women – Episode 010 - The Grace of Enough

November 30, 2018

When Haley Stewart married her bee-keeping sweetheart, Daniel, they dreamed of a life centered on home and family. But as the children arrived and Daniel was forced to work longer hours at a job he liked less and less, they dared to break free from the unending cycle of getting more yet feeling unfulfilled. They sold their Florida home and retreated to Texas to live on a farm with a compost toilet and 650 square feet of space for a family of five. Surprisingly, they found that they had never been happier.

The Dignity of Women – Episode 009 – Into the Wilderness

The Dignity of Women – Episode 009 – Into the Wilderness

November 19, 2018

Guest - Sterling Jaquith

Kimberly and Sterling discuss their recently released 40-Day Devotional for Catholic Single Women, tell stories of how they met their husbands...and share some funny ones of before they were married!

The Dignity of Women – Episode 008 - The Lego Catechism

The Dignity of Women – Episode 008 - The Lego Catechism

November 9, 2018
Kevin and Mary O’Neill. The O’Neill’s are a Catholic homeschool family with seven children.  Mary is a stay at home mom with a degree in elementary education. Kevin runs the family landscaping company, which has given him ample time to listen to Catholic audio and to read on the off-season. As a result Kevin now considers himself a product of the New Evangelization.
 
Their idea for the Lego Catechism was born when their kids brought a popular children’s Bible to their attention and upon realizing it was blasphemous, Kevin and Mary knew that they were being called to create a catechism on the seven sacraments, utilizing theology of covenant and typology to teach the truth of the Catholic faith.   
 
The O’Neill’s “Catechism of the Seven Sacraments" is the first book in a series. It uses typology to explain the necessity of the Sacraments in our relationship with Christ and His one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. The books are published through Storytel Press - a private non-profit foundation on a mission to inspire people to restore the sacred. Kevin and Mary are new to the world of publishing and the Catechism of the Seven sacraments is their first book.
The Dignity of Women – Episode 007 – The Abolition of Woman

The Dignity of Women – Episode 007 – The Abolition of Woman

October 24, 2018

Fiorella Nash is one of the leading modern Catholic feminist voices in the Church today. As I read through her recent book, The Abolition of Woman: How Radical Feminism is Betraying Women, I was overwhelmed by her mastery of the work - her vast research into feminism, the abortion industry, the fertility industry, and gendercide issues. Fiorella's faith and understanding of human nature, social responsibility, and inviolable human rights clearly determine her pro-life convictions. I challenged Fiorella on how feminism can possibly reconcile with the pro-life stance, and what is left, if anything to "reclaim" of the feminism of ages past!

 

Author and bioethicist Fiorella Nash joins me on The Dignity of Women podcast. Fiorella is a writer and bioethicist in the United Kingdom with over ten years' experience researching life issues from a feminist perspective. She speaks often at international conferences and has appeared on radio and in print discussing abortion, gendercide, maternal health and commercial surrogacy. She is also an award-winning novelist and has published numerous books under the nom-de-plume Fiorella De Maria, including Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm, and We'll Never Tell Them.

The Dignity of Women – Episode 006 – Srs., Mercy & Veronica

The Dignity of Women – Episode 006 – Srs., Mercy & Veronica

October 19, 2018

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, they take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Sisters of Life also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mercy of the Sisters of Life join me on The Dignity of Women podcast. This podcast was a special treat because I was able to visit the Sisters in their Yonkers, NY convent and record in person! Amidst the joy and laughter that filled the time we spent together, there were deep messages shared by the Sisters that are necessary for us to hear and to ponder.

The witness of religious Sisters in our culture is certainly a testimony to the love of Christ, through his brides, which is unlike any other witness on earth. I felt that it was imperative to welcome Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mercy on a podcast dedicated to the dignity and worth of women.

The Dignity of Women - Episode 005 - Abortion, Planned Parenthood, and Motherhood

The Dignity of Women - Episode 005 - Abortion, Planned Parenthood, and Motherhood

October 2, 2018

Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in need. This desire is what led Abby to an 8-year career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. As a clinic director at PP, Abby realized abortion was a “product” they were selling, yet she loved and continued to serve the women that entered her clinic. That changed on September 26, 2009, when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13-week old baby fought for, and ultimately lost its life at the hand of the abortionist. Seeking answers, Abby turned to a local pro-life group. Her leaving Planned Parenthood as a threat to the organization caused them to take immediate action. They sought to silence Abby with a gag order and brought her to court on a case that was ultimately dismissed.

Abby is the author of the nationally best-selling book Unplanned, which chronicles her experiences. Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers in transitioning out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 430 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and seven children.

 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • How a youthful desire to help women led to Planned Parenthood
  • How abortions are the “products” PP sells
  • Recounting the abortion that changed her life
  • Modern feminism and the issue of life and “choice”
  • Ministry that helps industry workers transition out
  • Demonization of motherhood – robber of personal fulfillment
  • Soon to be release movie, based on her book Unplanned
  • Abby had 2 abortions, and this is often what helps her connect with women in crisis

 

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The Dignity of Women - Episode 004 - Human Trafficking

The Dignity of Women - Episode 004 - Human Trafficking

September 25, 2018

8-year old Nomi is a survivor of human trafficking in Cambodia. When Diana Mao met Nomi at a recovery shelter, she was shocked and moved by her story. Trafficked by her stepfather, without her mother’s disapproval, Nomi was discovered by outreach workers – CAGED. She could not speak and was biting and drooling. Brought to the shelter, where she received care and nurture, it gave Diana great hope to witness Nomi’s growth – “living up to her God-given potential.” Diana founded the Nomi Network to share Nomi’s story and to help bring hope and healing to those recovering from human trafficking, as well as preventing and intervening for people at risk of being trafficked.

Human Trafficking spokeswoman Diana Mao joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women podcast, addressing the reality of human trafficking and how she left the path to a successful future, moved by a personal encounter, in order to found an organization that assists survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

Diana Mao co-founded Nomi Network after a rewarding career in economic development and management consulting. Since its inception, Diana has played an instrumental role in making Nomi Network the catalytic international organization it is today. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization since its founding and building Nomi Network’s Board and strategic partnerships with large corporations, funders, and investors. A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Academy of Medicine Fellow, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in BusinessEconomics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a specialization in International Management from New York University. She received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and New York University Recent Alumni Award for her critical work in conceiving and building Nomi Network to the powerful force it is today in the anti-human trafficking movement.”

The Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

 EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Personal encounter and call to human trafficking awareness
  • Walking away from a successful future to embrace non-profit work
  • Poverty, caste system, foster care, homeless youth connection to HT
  • Inter-generational prostitution (largely in India)
  • Rehabilitation and recovery for victims (50-60% success rate)
  • Prevention of human trafficking
  • Pornography and HT (80% survivors report being “trained” with porn)
  • Response – What can I do?

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The Dignity of Women - Episode 002 - Redeemed Vision

The Dignity of Women - Episode 002 - Redeemed Vision

September 11, 2018

Redeemed Vision - Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture with author and founder of Freedom Coaching, Steve Pokorny.