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Co-hosts Mike Walsh, Mary McCusker, Marianela Nunez and Kari Janisse interview Catholic leaders from in and around the Diocese of Camden about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.

Co-hosts Mike Walsh, Mary McCusker, Marianela Nunez and Kari Janisse interview Catholic leaders from in and around the Diocese of Camden 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 Mike Walsh, Mary McCusker, Marianela Nunez and Kari Janisse interview Catholic leaders from in and around the Diocese of Camden about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.




Holy Week and the Triduum with Fr. John Rossi

Just after Ash Wednesday we invited Fr. John Rossi, administrator of Saint Bridget University Parish ( in Glassboro, NJ to give us some tips for Lent. At the time we said we would have to have him back to talk about Holy Week & the Triduum, and so we have! Of course, the world has changed a bit in the intervening weeks, so Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh also talk with Fr. Rossi about the work he’s being doing in his parish to make sure the spiritual life of the...


Talking fundraising w/ Katie Comerford

Katie Comerford, the Diocese of Camden‘s Associate Director of Development for the House of Charity - Bishop’s Annual Appeal returns to the podcast to talk about the importance of fundraising - both spiritually and in service to our parishes and communities. Katie is a veteran fundraiser who has worked all around the country. She offers our co-hosts Mary McCusker and Mike Walsh great tips on how to gear up for a fundraiser and what can make it successful. Listen to Talking Catholic on Apple...


Social Distancing – The Coronavirus Special

Like the rest of the world, our podcast isn’t immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But, also like the rest of the world, we will soldier on in new and different ways. So this week, via Zoom teleconferencing software, Mike Walsh grabs a few of his favorite co-hosts and guests for long conversation about how they’re handling the required social distancing. Joining him this week are Talking Catholic YouTube Channel hosts Kari Janisse, Star Martinez, Donna Ottaviano-Britt and Lex...


Charity and food insecurity

UPDATE: the FaithFULL food drive has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, However, this episode is still chock full of important information about food insecurity and what you can do to help people. ---- It’s #NationalNutritionMonth, and the 7th annual Diocese of Camden FaithFull Food Drive is less than a week away! This couldn’t have been a better time to hear from our guests, Cristina Chillem, Program Director at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, and Matt Davis, Director of...


Paul J. Kim

We have a very special guest joining us this week, acclaimed Catholic speaker and musician Paul J. Kim. He is one of the most sought-after Catholic youth & young adult speakers in America. The way he presents is a rare gift, moving his audiences from laughter in one moment, to deep reflection and prayer in another; An accomplished raconteur, Paul utilizes his many talents (i.e. music – beatboxing, comedy, inspirational talks) to communicate the Gospel message of Christ to people in a way...


Talking Saints - Katharine Drexel

Laurie Power and Pete Sanchez are back for another Talking Saints episode. “Miss Drexel Enters a Catholic Convent- Gives Up Seven Million.” This was the 1889 headline in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, after Philadelphia native and heiress Katharine Drexel decided to enter the Sisters of Mercy convent in Pittsburgh. On this month’s Talking Saints, our hosts unpack the story of a woman who gave up material wealth for spiritual treasure, and founded schools and missions to educate Native...


Lent with Fr. John Rossi

Lent is upon us, so this week we invited with Fr. John Rossi, administrator of Saint Bridget University Parish in Glassboro, NJ, on to the show. Fr. Rossi chats with hosts Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh about Lent, how to use the seven weeks before Easter to reflect on our faith, the different spiritual techniques available us, and why it’s critical to make the effort to embrace Lent. Listen to Talking Catholic on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Alexa or at...


Cindy LeBron

If there’s anyone who can speak about the harsh (and surprising) reality of homelessness in Southern New Jersey, it’s our guest this week: Cynthia Lebron, Housing Stability Director at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, who has been faithfully working with homeless populations for the past 21 years. In this episode, Cynthia chats with hosts Mary McCusker and Mike Walsh about the many forms of homelessness, the reasons that people become homeless, how families survive without a roof over...


Talking Saints - Francisco and Jacinta Marto

It's time to Talk Saints with Laurie Power and Pete Sanchez! On the thirteenth day of May 1917, a “woman all in white, more brilliant than the sun” first appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. For the next five months, the Blessed Mother continued to visit the three youth- Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin, Lucia dos Santos- and shared her message of the Rosary and prayer to bring peace to the world. As the Catholic Church marks the feast of Saints Francisco and...


Catholic Schools Legislative Advocacy

This week we’re talking Catholic Schools legislative advocacy with the Diocese of Camden’s Dr. Bill Watson, Superintendent of Schools and Sr. Rose Difluri, Assistant Superintendent, who chat about how state funds affect nonpublic schools but more importantly, Catholic School families. Dr. Watson and Sr. Rose discuss with hosts Marianela Nuñez and Mike Walsh the importance of advocacy work and the responsibility of all Catholics to extend their support with these efforts - to help nonpublic...


Stockton University Catholic Campus Ministry

This week we sit down with members of Stockton University’s Catholic Campus Ministry - director Alison Filion, student president Dom Villanueva, and student secretary Catherine Cendana. Our hosts Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh chat with the trio about how the campus ministry helps students maintain their faith, how the ministry interacts with students, and why college students should make an effort to join a campus ministry or Newman House/Club (which can be found on almost every college campus...


Rod Herrera - Child & Youth Protection

Returning for a follow-up chat (a mere 150 episodes after his first visit) is Rod Herrera, director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection for the Diocese of Camden. He has one of the most important jobs in the diocese, making sure that the young people who attend our parishes, schools and ministries do so in safe environments. Rod talks with Mary McCusker and Mike Walsh about the VIRTUS training that all clergy, staff and volunteers must undergo before working with young people and...


Catholic Schools Week 2020

It’s Catholic Schools Week across the country and for today’s show we lined up six of our great New Jersey elementary school principles including: - Alice Malloy from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Berlin - Joan Dollinger from Assumption Regional Catholic School in Galloway - Molly Webb from Resurection Catholic School in Cherry Hill - Phil Gianfortune from Saint Michael the Archangel School in Clayton - Helen Persing from Saint John Paul II Regional School in Stratford - Steven Hogan from...


Talking Saints - Marianne Cope

It's a Talking Saints episode! At a time when little could be done for those suffering from leprosy, Marianne Cope showed the highest love, courage and enthusiasm. She is a shining and energetic example of the best of the tradition of Catholic nursing sisters.” These were the words of Pope Benedict XVI, during Saint Marianne Cope’s 2012 canonization. On today’s installment of Talking Saints, hosts Laurie and Pete break open the life of this 19th and 20th century Sister of Saint Francis, a...


March for Life 2020

In anticipation for the March for Life on January 24, Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh sit down with Youth Minister Kim Pesotski from St. Mary Mount Carmel Parish (MMC), brothers Stephen and Manny Mertis from MMC, and Our Lady of Peace Parish’s youth Nick Starkov, Bella Pilla and Emily Simon. They each share about their experiences attending the March for Life, what they anticipate to experience this Friday, and standing up for the unborn. These youth and all of us are the voice of the unborn!...


Andy Zmuda

This week, Mary McCusker and Mike Walsh recorded the first podcast of 2020 with a guest who is an expert in many fields, including avoiding any kind of spotlight (until now!): Dr. Andy Zmuda, Director of Program Operations & Integration, and the Asset Development Director at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden. As someone who has been with the agency for 15 years and currently oversees all programs and staff at Catholic Charities, he has many unique and fascinating perspectives and...


Meet the Talking Catholic YouTube Channel Hosts!

Happy New Year, listeners! For the last few months Talking Catholic has been working on a new project, a YouTube series of spiritually focused shows. It began in the Fall with our Spanish-language show "Compartiendo Tu Don." Joining Mike Wash on today’s podcast are several of the hosts, including: - Kari Janisse of "Youth Ministry Insights" - Donna Ottaviano-Britt of "Joyful Disciples" - Fr. Adam Cichoski of "What A Life" - Star Martinez of "Keepin' It Catholic" - Marianela Nunez of...


Hostful 2019 - Mary, Marianela, Kari & Mike

Merry Christmas, listeners! As per tradition, we’re doing a hosts-only edition of the podcast this year, but since Mike Walsh now has three new co-hosts, it’s also a great way to do some belated proper introductions and explanations as to why we’ve made some changes in format. On this episode you’ll learn more about these three great women - Mary McCusker, Kari Janisse and Marianela Nunez - their backstories and what they bring to the podcast. We can’t wait to bring you more great podcast...


The Rock, a Catholic public school club

A Catholic club in a public school? It does exist! Monroe Township (Williamstown) public school district is home to +HE ROCK clubs. Better known as “a faith based club” in the middle and high schools of Williamstown. +HE ROCK, is a Catholic after school club that meets monthly and is open to all students to attend to learn about the Catholic faith! Cohosts Mike Walsh and Kari Janisse (founder of +HE ROCK) talk with Donna Alfarano, Williamstown High School club advisor, Lisette Litwinczuk,...


Talking Saints - St. John of the Cross

It's a Talking Saints podcast! When he died at the young age of 49, John of the Cross - Carmelite priest, mystic, contemplative, and poet - had indeed lived a life close to the cross of Christ, one filled with its sufferings and darkness, but even more with immeasurable joy, grace, and light. On the feast of this Doctor of the Church, Talking Saints hosts Laurie and Pete tell the story of this influential figure, and discuss what it means to “strip everything of ourselves that is not God,...