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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. Cadmus Mazzarella

This week Fr. Cadmus Mazzarella, or Fr. Mazz to his parishioners at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown, NJ, visits the podcast to talk all things Advent - the often overlooked and under-appreciated season leading up to Christmas. In his conversation with co-hosts Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh, Fr. Mazz explains the importance of the season, its similarities to Lent and how we can use the spiritual opportunities of this season to help us cut through the secular noise and maintain focus on...


Sylvia Loumeau

Our guest this week is the brilliant Sylvia Loumeau, MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden. In the first half of the podcast she discusses Catholic Charities’ newest addiction services initiative, iThirst. which aims to empower the Church to be a resource for those suffering from addiction and their families. In the second part of the podcast we talk about the ever-present scourge of domestic violence, something Sylvia has been assisting victims to...


Jennifer Marisi and Stuart Brayshaw: Discover Catholic Schools Week

November 17-23 will be Discover Catholic Schools Week across the country, an initiative by he National Catholic Education Association designated to help schools connect with prospective families, donors, educators and other community members. In the Diocese of Camden, the week will be used to highlight Catholic schools for families looking to find the right school for their children. With this in mind we welcome two veteran South Jersey Catholic School teachers onto the show, 4th Grade Math...


Talking Saints - Francis Xavier Cabrini

In 1889, an Italian Catholic nun named Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini sought the permission of Pope Leo XIII to go to China as a missionary. “Not to the East, but to the West,” he replied, urging her to travel to the United States and serve the impoverished Italian immigrants in New York City. So began Mother Cabrini’s prolific ministry to the poor, sick, abandoned, and uneducated throughout the United States and around the world. As the Catholic Church today celebrates the feast of the...


Cristina Chillem

This week we have a great guest stop by The Vault for a chat! Meet Cristina Chillem, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, Inc. program director overseeing the Health and Wellness initiative in Salem County and the “Walk with Me” mentorship initiative in Camden and Gloucester counties. As we discuss the former, we realize Cristina may have a future as a television chef - teaching the health benefits of cooking from scratch versus pre-packaged meals. For the latter, Cristina explains the...


Fr. Josh Nevitt

We welcome another young priest onto the podcast this week, the affable Fr. Josh Nevitt, Parochial Vicar, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon and Director of Catholic Identity at Holy Spirit High School. Hosts Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh chat with the good Father about his first few years as a priest, his discernment process, his time as a seminarian in Rome and what he’s up to now. And if you listen till the end, you’ll also hear why he showed up in a pink clergy shirt :)


Marianela Nunez & Mary Beth Peabody

This is one of our most emotional podcasts yet. Less than 24 hours before we recorded, our co-host Marianela Nunez and guest Marybeth Peabody, both from the South Jersey Catholic Schools office, were crossing the border back and forth from Texas to Mexico, bringing food and water to South and Central American refugees, as part of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden's’ 11th Share the Journey solidarity pilgrimage. Joined by co-host Mike Walsh and Catholic Charities' Mary McCusker, they...


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,...