8 Catholic Podcasts You Should Listen to Today
Have you discovered the growing list of Catholic Podcasts to listen to? You’ll find a wide range discussing what it means to be Catholic in today’s world. The great perk of listening to podcasts is you can listen to them while you’re driving, exercising, or simply doing chores around your home.
If you are a Catholic Single there are many podcasts that are relatable and have down to earth discussion specifically about being single. I’ve collected a list of podcasts that discuss the struggles that singles face and highlight the unique opportunities of this season of life. If you’d like to hear about dating from a faith perspective and being a single Catholic then these podcasts are for you…
Podcasts by Women
These podcasts are hosted by women who have hearts for serving the Lord and serving their listeners with meaningful and sometimes hard-hitting discussions. Here’s why you should listen to each of them…
Among The Lilies
Cameron Fradd’s podcast is for people “tired of pretending and ready to be real.” She has relatable conversations on topics ranging from knowing true beauty to living off the grid. Cameron has a warm personality and a rich sense of humor. She isn’t afraid, to be honest about the topics she discusses. Her husband Matt Fradd is a regular guest on her podcast and it’s great seeing their unique dynamic as a married couple.
In her episode All the Single Ladies, All the Single Ladies, with Sarah Houde, Cameron discusses with Sarah what it’s like to be single and have the desire to be married. Sarah gives thoughtful responses especially on how singles can glorify God in the single life. Stick around until the end to hear advice on how single and married friends can serve each other. If you like this idea then the following podcast is for you too.
Hallie Lord’s podcast “examines what it looks like to live a life fully alive, including highs and lows and ultimately peace.” You may be familiar with her Pro-Life work, but her podcast explores many topics beyond being Pro-Life from loneliness to breaking the smartphone addiction, to the true meaning of joy and a lot more in between. She shares in an authentic way and discusses with guests about the everyday joys and struggles of life and how it relates back to the faith.
In the episode, Hallie chats with Erica Tighe of Be a Heart, Hallie and Erica give practical ways single people can help married friends (especially those with kids) and vice versa. They discuss the unique opportunities to learn from married friends and how to serve them. Would taking up this challenge to serve your married friends enrich your life?
Find Hallie Weekly on iTunes.
The Catholic Feminist
Claire Swinarski podcast is for “strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, she interviews Catholic women on topics like poverty, refugees, eating disorders, mental health, and women’s rights.”
Claire carries on insightful and informative discussions on important topics of our day. Although she wasn’t sure if dating should even be a topic to include in her podcast because it is so frequently discussed. I’m sure you’ll be glad she took on this topic and gave brought a fresh perspective.
In the episode Singleness and Wrestling with God’s Timing ft. Marissa Mullins, hear from a fellow single person how to thrive during this time. Marissa shares about her experience as a nurse and how she’s trying to follow God’s will for her life now. In this episode Dating With Dignity In Our Modern Culture ft. Lisa Cotter, you can hear myths about dating in today’s culture addressed and how to date with intentionality.
Podcasts by Men
These podcasts are hosted by men who are seeking to grow in virtue and are using social media to share what an integrated Catholic life looks like. Here’s why you should listen to each of these podcasts…
The hosts of Catching Foxes are Luke Carey and Michael Gormley a.k.a. “Gomer”. These two are long-time friends and lay evangelists who talk about life. They sometimes “get explicit either by being too honest or by being too stupid. Either way, it’s fun!” Their friendship and candid discussions really make this show shine.
In the episode Fear, Dating, and Using Other People, the hosts share a very raw take on their experience as single people dating. Although both hosts are married now, they do a great job sharing the pitfalls and struggles they faced when they were single. They also dive into some hard topics such as porn, past sin, loneliness, and using other people.
They share the wisdom they’ve gained since then and raise some really important questions such as, “what does dating as a Catholic look like”?
Adam Minihan and David Niles are the hosts of The Catholic Man Show. Every episode features a manly drink, manly gear, and a manly topic. The format for each episode sets a great tone for the whole podcast. They discuss topics that they believe will be “the manliest conversation you will ever hear.” Their manly conversations are filled with humor and real talk about what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world.
In this episode Dating As a Catholic Adam and David discuss a range of topics on dating, such as dating with the end in mind and how you know if someone you are dating is the “one.”
As married men, they each share their personal stories of how they met and dated their wives. They give a great list of dating dos and don’ts, including when to discuss chastity in a relationship. Listen to this podcast episode to hear more of their honest and much needed manly dating advice.
The Crunch is hosted by Ethan Stueve (@bropostle) and Patrick Neve (@CatholicPat). They “are chewing on all things Catholic in their podcast The Crunch. Sometimes poignant, sometimes informational, sometimes absolutely useless, Ethan and Patrick hope that their conversations lead themselves and others closer to Christ in his one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” Both hosts are in college and have hearts for evangelization through social media.
In the episode, Discernment: “Nah nah nah nah nah…Jesus” the hosts discuss discerning religious life and marriage and the hosts open up about their faith journeys and personal discernment. In the episode, God’s Will Doesn’t Include Smooth Jazz, the hosts discuss how to discern God’s will in your life. They give practical steps for the process of discernment and aligning your will with God’s.
Up & Coming Podcasts
Want more episodes on the single life and dating? Then you are in luck there’s one coming soon…
Letters to Women: Exploring the Feminine Genius
Our very own Chloe Langr has a new episode debuting on November 30th. Don’t forget to mark your calendar or subscribe to her e-mail list so you won’t miss out! In this new episode,”A Letter to the Single Woman (When her friends are dating)”. Chloe will interview Dain Finney, who works at Benedictine College. While you’re waiting you can listen to her episode A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Share Jesus in which the single life is also discussed.
I asked Chloe why a single person should listen to her podcast and this was her response:
“When I was single, I wish that I had had a place where heart-to-heart conversation topics were discussed, especially the subjects that today’s world likes to avoid. I’ve loved creating the podcast because it gives me a chance to visit with women in my life about subjects such as friendships, romantic relationships, addictions, and the saints. But the best part? Listeners can stop by and listen in on our conversations from wherever they are, whenever they want.”
These podcasts will keep you coming back to listen to their awesome hosts and guests. All in all, there are so many great Catholic podcasts worth mentioning. Would you like to see a part 2 with a theological emphasis? Comment below with your favorite Catholic Podcast and if you’d like to hear more podcasts suggestions.
Bethany Swanson studied Humanities and Catholic Culture at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She’s originally from Oregon and is now enjoying the beaches and warm weather of California with her husband William. She shares her reflections on newlywed life and the faith on her blog at http://www.strengthenmyheart.com/