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Co-hosts Pete Sanchez, reporter for the Catholic Star Herald, and Mike Walsh, Communications Director for the Diocese of Camden, interview Catholic leaders about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.

Co-hosts Pete Sanchez, reporter for the Catholic Star Herald, and Mike Walsh, Communications Director for the Diocese of Camden, interview Catholic leaders about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.
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Co-hosts Pete Sanchez, reporter for the Catholic Star Herald, and Mike Walsh, Communications Director for the Diocese of Camden, interview Catholic leaders about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.




Catholic Scouting

This week, Mike and Pete pack their bug spray and canteens for a trip to the Roosevelt Scout Reservation in Elmer, to speak with leaders and youth of Catholic Scouting in South Jersey. The fun conversation featured insights from the panel on the duties of a scout, how scouting makes one self-reliant, and finding God in nature. Joining the hosts are Father Paul Harte, Chaplain of the Catholic Scouting Committee; Joe Brennan, the Chair of the Scouting Committee; Tom Beatty, Vice-Chair of the...


Talking Saints - St. Maximilian Kolbe

“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 These were the opening words of the papal decree announcing the beatification of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a fitting statement for a 20th century martyr of the church. On his feast day, Laurie and Pete unpack the life of this friar, evangelist and soldier for Christ who made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man, during the Holocaust.


Katie Waldow #2

Mike and Pete continue their Summer Down the Shore series this week, (after an upcoming events rundown with our award-winning Talking Saints co-host Laurie Power). The duo venture out to Ocean City, and chat again with Katie Waldow, Director of Youth Ministry at Saint Damien Parish. The delightful guest shares the fun of Vacation Bible School, the formation of her parish’s nascent young adult ministry, and life in a shore town. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher,...


Atlantic City's Wedding of the Sea

Mike and Pete continue their summer at the shore, as they travel to Atlantic City and the Parish of Saint Monica to speak with organizers of the upcoming Wedding of the Sea Mass and festival. Joyce Ruffolo, festival coordinator; Jim Persenda, liturgy coordinator; and Becky Woods, marketing specialist, share the exciting details for the August 15 celebration, held on the Feast of the Assumption. The Wedding of the Sea’s origins, and its history in Atlantic City, are discussed, and while Mike...


Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes

Mike and Pete go down the shore this week, as they travel to Ocean City to soak up the sun, eat boardwalk pizza and fries, and have a nice chat with Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, co-owner/front office manager of the Tahiti Inn. Just 50 yards from the beach and boardwalk, we chat about the family-owned and operated getaway, Cecilia regales us with stories of growing up in South Philly, her strong family bonds, and the inspiring and faithful path led by her father, who first purchased the Inn to...


Johnny Gaudreau

In his five-plus years as a left winger for the NHL’s Calgary Flames, Johnny Gaudreau, a product of Gloucester Catholic High School, has established himself as one of the league’s stars. This week, Mike, Pete, and guest co-host John Kalitz (digital media manager for the Diocese of Camden & NHL expert), and Gloucester Catholic’s Cara Buckland sit down with “Johnny Hockey” at Dunlop’s Bar and Grill inside HollyDell Ice Arena in Sewell. It’s a fun conversation where Gaudreau talks about coming...


Katie Comerford

Fundraising professionals, like the Diocese of Camden’s Associate Director of Development Katie Comerford, are a rare breed. It takes a special kind of person to make a career out of serving the Church by helping people to understand the importance of their donations, whether weekly collections, annual giving opportunities and/or long-term giving plans. Mike and Pete sit down with Katie to discuss her experiences helping Catholic communities across the country raise money, her return to her...


Talking Saints - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Who is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati? Faithful son and brother, amiable friend, avid mountaineer, social activist, and devotee of the Blessed Sacrament. Saint John Paul II called him “The Man of Eight Beatitudes.” He has been a patron of World Youth Day. Our hosts Laurie and Pete unpack the short but powerful life of this 20th century man of Turin, Italy, and discuss how even 94 years since his passing, Frassati’s Catholic witness still inspires the young church “Verso L’alto”- To the...


Laurie Power and Donna Ottaviano-Britt

Ever wonder how Talking Saints co-host Laurie Power and the Diocese of Camden's Director of Discipleship & Leadership Donna Ottaviano-Britt stay so well versed in Catholic theology? Well they school Mike and Pete on this week’s podcast. Donna dropped in about 13 minutes after we’d already started recording, but sheesh, what luck! It’s possible there may have been one or two digressions, such as the Theology of Pasta and our first ever chat about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mike and Donna...


Dr. Vincent Mancuso

A full-circle day for Talking Catholic! Almost two years ago, our dynamic guest, Dr. Vincent Mancuso, was inspired by one of the first Talking Catholic podcast episodes Mike & Pete recorded, which put him on a journey towards fulfilling one of his many roles now: Coordinator of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, Inc.'s English Learning Center, where he volunteers, coordinates, oversees, and teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for refugee clients. Listen to Vinnie’s...


Talking Saints - St. Thomas More

On this month's Talking Saints, Laurie Power and Pete Sanchez reflect on the life and legacy of Saint Thomas More, a 16th century lawyer and Lord Chancellor to England’s King Henry VIII who put God above all things, at the cost of his own life. In addition to his relationship with the King, our hosts delve into More’s love for his wife and children, his skills as a theologian and writer, and how close More came to joining a Carthusian monastery at a young age. Saint Thomas More, patron saint...


Fr. Yvans Jazon

As picking season begins in Hammonton, the Blueberry Capital of the World, let’s not forget those who make it possible for all those delicious pies, muffins, and milkshakes. This week, Mike and Pete sit down with Father Yvans Jazon, Administrator of Collingswood’s Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish to talk about this weekend’s Haitian Farmworkers Mass, an evening of welcome and appreciation for the men and women who spend the hot summer months working in Hammonton’s fields for the blueberries...


Soccer (fútbol) with Marianela Nunez, Jose Rodriguez, Claudia Trani-Melgar

With the Diocese of Camden's inaugural Soccer Cup taking place this Saturday, June 15 at Saint Augustine Prep in Richland, Mike and Pete discuss all things fútbol with three of the day’s organizers: Marianela Nunez, Field Director of Latino Enrollment in the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools; Claudia Trani-Melgar, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, Swedesboro; and Jose Rodriguez, diocesan Coordinator for Youth, Young Adult, and Hispanic Ministries....


Pentecost with Donna Ottaviano-Britt

It’s a first for Talking Catholic, as Mike and Pete, in the Vault, as we Facetime this episode with Donna Ottaviano-Britt, diocesan Director of Missionary Discipleship, in the comfort of her Ocean City home. As the Catholic Church this weekend prepares to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, Ottaviano-Britt shares with our hosts the campaign spreading across South Jersey this weekend to “Paint the Diocese Red.” Through prayer, street evangelization, holy kites, and...


Mary Boyle & Bill Watson

We're talking Catholic schools, but for this episode we brought in two heavy hitters - Mary Boyle, retiring Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Bill Watson, Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Catholic Schools, who is tasked with the formidable job of filling her substantial shoes as he takes on the mantle of superintendent. Mike and Pete are also joined by guest co-host Mary Beth Peabody, Communications and Marketing Manager for the diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools. Ms. Boyle...


Talking Saints - St. Joan of Arc

It's a Talking Saints episode! Faith. Heroism. Political Intrigue. The life of Saint Joan of Arc is still a compelling one, almost 600 years after her death. Laurie Power and Pete Sanchez unpack the journey of “The Maid of Orleans” 5th century from peasant girl, to mystic, to heroine of France, to saint. Also popping in is Father Jon Thomas, Pastor of the Parish of Saint Monica in Atlantic City, who shares his thoughts on this unique saint.


Summer Kickoff

It's Memorial Day Weekend, so we're rolling out the Summer Kickoff show! Pete and Mike discuss all things under the sun with a few of our favorite guests and co-hosts: Maria D’Antonio, Communications Coordinator & Web Content Manager for the diocesan Office of Communications; Mary McCusker, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden; as well as Marianela Nunez, Field Consultant for Latino Enrollment and Mary Beth Peabody, Communications and Marketing...


Talking Mary with Fr. Tim Byerley

This week, Talking Catholic holds its first-ever “MaryCast,” as the complete hour is devoted to Our Blessed Mother. With Mike on assignment, Pete is joined by guest co-host Kim Pesotski, Youth Director of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish, Hammonton, and Father Tim Byerley, Pastor of Merchantville’s Saint Peter Parish to speak on the Mother of Jesus: her fiat to God, her role in salvation history, and how praying the rosary can change the world. Mary Our Mother, pray for us!


Nicole Keefer & Rosemary Love

We're back to our normal programming and celebrating National Nurses Week by saluting the hardworking women and men providing support to individuals and families, in a myriad of ways, through times of physical and/or mental hardship. Joining Mike & Pete this week are two valued members of VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services - and RN's themselves - Nicole Keefer, Director of Parish Nursing, and Rosemary Love, RN Care Coordinator. The two dedicated professionals share how they got involved...


Talking Movies: a spolier-filled Marvel: Endgame review

Spoiler alert! Pete, Mike, and two of Mike’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-loving pals - Phil Huesser and Jay Rhinehart - spent 2+ hours talking about Avengers: Endgame. It may not be the spiritual content you’ve come to expect from the podcast, but we do talk about pop culture movies A LOT so it seems only appropriate that we join the MCU sheep and do a deep dive into the minutia of Avengers: Endgame. Also, we’re not kidding, this is a spoiler-filled podcast, so if you haven’t had a chance to...