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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.




Fr. Adam Cichoski talks Vocations

Do you know a young man who has, or might have, a calling to the priesthood? Perhaps they don’t know the first steps of formally discerning a vocation. This week hosts Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh get you ALL the answers when they sit down in The Vault with Fr. Adam Cichoski, the new director of vocations for the Diocese of Camden. Fr. Cichoski (Ch-hess-key), a young priest himself, goes into deep, honest and joyful detail of his own discernment, and what a young man needs to know before...


Recap: 2019 Justice for All Awards Dinner

Exactly one week after Catholic Charities’ 16th annual Justice for All Awards Dinner, Talking Catholic ventured out of The Vault to CC’s headquarters in Camden to chat with some of the minds behind the dinner and a few folks who spoke from the main stage. We discuss everything from behind-the-scenes event planning, to their experiences at the US/Mexico border, and in a strange left turn, their favorite animated TV shows. Please make sure you listen to the end to hear Cardinal Luis Antonio...


Respect Life Month 2019

With Respect Life Month kicking off this October, Kari Janisse, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Williamstown’s Our Lady of Peace Parish, joins the show with her friend and former youth group member, Catalina “Cat” Morales. They share with Mike and Pete their experiences working to promote the sanctity of life, the sobering statistics on abortion, and how to help pregnant women and their children. For more information on Respect Life Month, visit...


Man Up South Jersey 2019

Want to become a better husband or a better father? Want to become a better son or a better co-worker? Want to encounter Christ and be anchored to Him? In the Vault this week are two distinguished gentlemen who can help you with all of these: Deacon Anthony Cioe, of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Turnersville, and Anthony Scafidi, Coordinator of Junior Youth Ministry at Blackwood’s Our Lady of Hope Parish, both on the planning committee for the upcoming, 2nd annual Man Up South Jersey men’s...


Blue Mass 2019

As the 18th annual Camden Diocese Blue Mass for law enforcement and first responders approaches next week, Deputy Chief David Harkins of the Gloucester Township Police Department returns to the show, along with Captain April Herrington and Lieutenant Bill Walsh, both of the Voorhees Police Department. The three veteran officers speak with Mike and Pete about their careers in public safety, as well as the beauty and importance of the Blue Mass. The Blue Mass takes place next Friday, September...


Fr. René Canales and Rebekah Hardy

This week we sit down with two of the Camden Diocese Catholic Renewal's joyful leaders: Father René Canales, Bishop’s Delegate for the Catholic Renewal, and Vicar for Hispanics at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Blackwood; and Rebekah Hardy, Renewal speaker and Campus Minister at Glassboro’s Rowan University. Need a break from the everyday hustle-and-bustle? Feeling lethargic in your spiritual life? Come to the Camden Diocese Catholic Renewal in Wildwood from Oct. 11- 13, and find refreshment and...


Cathy O'Brien & Andrew Staub

On the eve of the first day of school for 2019, classrooms were in order, plans for the year nailed down, and two teachers from South Jersey Catholic Schools join Mike, Pete and guest co-host Mary Beth Peabody to talk about life in the classroom, what led them to their vocation, ways they engage students and why they love their jobs. The duo could not have been better matched. Meet Cathy O’Brien, veteran language arts teacher at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield, who shares her...


Talking Saints - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Instantly recognizable with her blue and white sari and ear-to-ear smile, Saint Teresa of Calcutta captivated the world with her work to the poor, sick, and disadvantaged, as foundress of the Missionaries of Charity. As the Catholic Church marks her feast day, Laurie and Pete unfold the narrative of this remarkable woman- her early life, her work in India, and trusting God even through “a painful night” of the soul.


Fr. Robert Sinatra - The Holy Eucharist

It’s the return of the unofficial co-host of Talking Catholic, Fr. Robert Sinatra! The pastor of Vineland’s Saint Padre Pio Parish joins us this week to talk specifically about the Eucharist, in light of the Pew Research Center report earlier this month that found a majority of Catholics do not understand the nature of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Christ. It’s a truly enlightening conversation with Fr. Sinatra who offers a spotlight on the power of the Eucharist, how it is...


Summer in the City 2019

This week we chat with youth and leaders involved with the week-long Summer in the City experience: Greg Coogan, Diocesan Director of youth ministry; Alicia Foreman, a member of Stockton University’s Catholic Campus Ministry; Mary Gardner, student at Camden Catholic High School; Juliana Campasso, a parishioner of Saint Joseph, Somers Point; Richard Price, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Galloway Township; and Anthony Solari, student at Holy Spirit High School. In the Kairos Retreat Center at...


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...