the Catholic Weekend trainwreck returns

The whole gang is here…Capt Jeff returns to the helm, and brings along Steve Nelson, formerly of Papua New Guinea. We also have the resident diva, Lisa Hendey, who shares about her upcoming adventure to Rwanda. I have to say, I am looking forward to seeing her updates on this exciting trip which will coincide with the CNMC in Boston!). Maybe we’ll be able to have her join us via Facetime. Ha.

Angela, Billy, and I play nice too. It seems like we always have something to talk about, especially since Lisa wrote a letter to Pope Francis and asked him a question. Don’t you love Lisa?

What would you ask the Pope?



Catholic Weekend 187 with Pat Gohn

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William Newton and I welcome Pat Gohn to this episode of Catholic Weekend, direct from a cozy porch down a country lane.

We catch up with Pat, and launch into discussions about Pope Francis’ encyclical, Lumen Fidei, and his recent comments about a theology of women.

Check out the show notes, listen to the podcast, or watch on the Catholic Weekend page.

Oh Boy! I’m Interviewed by Lisa Hendey!

Some weeks ago I got a delightful email request from Lisa Hendey to interview me for the Catholic Podcaster series she has at I have a tough act to follow, with two of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet leading this series, from Catholic Vitamins: Deacon Tom Fox and his charming wife, Dee. Go check them out — you’ll discover we share a favorite podcast 🙂

Anyway, life happens, you know, and I totally forgot about this interview until this afternoon, when my phone exploded with a series of Tweets. I use push notifications sparingly, but now the cat is out of the bag. The whole world (or the three people who read this blog) now know I get Lisa’s tweets on my phone. Oops.

So I get this hilarious message:

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I’m like, wut? The last thing I wrote for Lisa was a couple of weeks ago, Glad for Glads, and I sure haven’t done anything exciting since then — classes started! So of course, I immediately go see, because, well, she said I was a star.

Here’s the interview.

She used the goofiest picture she could find, too, with me in a tarnished halo. At least she didn’t use this one:



Catholic Weekend. Is God a pink hippopotamus?


This week’s guest, Brandon Vogt, tells a great story about God’s saving grace. You guessed it: there’s a pink hippopotamus. Check out the fun at SQPN. Watch the video or download the podcast here.

Goodbye, Steve!

The silliness that is Catholic Weekend. This is what I do on Saturday mornings instead of cleaning the bathrooms.

I’ll do anything to get out of housework.

This special episode is a bigger trainwreck than usual as we try to get people on to say goodbye to our friend Steve who is heading out to Papua New Guinea!

what do memes have to do with the CNMC?


Well, maybe not everything, but this silly photoshop, courtesy of Ashley Collins from Peter and Paul Ministries comes pretty darn close. It picks up the spirit of goofiness and making friends. This explains the Charlie’s Steve’s Angels theme we have going on.

You see, the CNMC really is a celebration. Oh sure, we’ve been moving toward a more professional conference, providing as much instruction and best practices sharing as we can pack into limited time with limited resources. We’ve managed to get some of the most amazing people in new media to come and play together under one roof. And what happens when these dynamic, faithful Catholics come together never ceases to amaze me.

What happens is akin to a lightning strike.

Collaborations begin.

Creativity flows.

Friendships are forged.

We connect as the Body of Christ, and the Body of Christ is a beautiful thing.

So when we kneel together in Adoration, sit together in Mass, celebrate the Eucharist as a community, send silly Tweets, post crazy Facebook statuses, pass notes send texts during presentations, and invade restaurants with huge parties, it’s because we get the point of the celebration — to get to know each other, not as virtual friends and collaborators, because we are that, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, working together to spread the message, His message, to all the corners of the earth.

Because when we know this Love, it’s impossible to keep it for ourselves.

photo by Cliff Ravenscraft

Read what others have to say about their experiences at the Catholic New Media Conference 2012. Add your Recap to ours!

I know, I should post something, anything

I’m trying to recover from the CNMC…I’ll post later.

In the meantime, thought I’d pass along a ridiculous cat video for you. Saw it in the FB feed and laughed…mostly because I spent most of my senior year of college smoking terrible cigarettes and pretending to enjoy french wines and foreign films.

And then…I quit smoking, acquired a taste for fine wines, and became a blogger. It’s kinda the same thing.