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"Making a connection. Telling a story. Being a witness. That’s what catechists do. As translators of the truth they seek to give away what they possess because it was so freely passed onto them."

Pat Gohn - writer, speaker, catechist

Among Women Podcast 214: Lessons from Sickness and the Brink of Death

Among Women Podcast 214: Lessons from Sickness and the Brink of Death

In this latest episode of Among Women, we listen to the very personal journey of Pat’s friend, Peggy Mannion, who almost died from severe pancreatitis. Peggy looks back at her journey to the brink of death, and a return to wellness, as she recounts her faith in God, and the friendship of Mary, and a new way at looking at life.

We also profile St Maud, a German queen who served the Lord and those in need.

Listen to the podcast here.

Among Women Espresso Shot #10: Gratitude and the Universal Prayer

Among Women Espresso Shot #10: Gratitude and the Universal Prayer

20 years cancer-free.

That’s what August 28, 2016 means to mean. That. And it’s the feast of one of my favorite patrons, St Augustine.

This short Espresso Shot celebrates my deep gratitude to the Lord who has done “great things” for me. Come join me in prayer. And raise a cuppa joy. IMG_0232

(It also celebrates a return to the studio after the summer of battling aging equipment and installing new parts and upgrades!)

Listen to this Espresso Shot! 

What goes around comes around… I’m the new editor at Catechist magazine!

What goes around comes around… I’m the new editor at Catechist magazine!

I’ve had many years working as a freelance writer in the Catholic space. I’ve had many wonderful hours working for editors. Be it blogs, websites, magazines, pamphlets, broadcast, and books, I’ve been ever grateful for this meaningful work.

In a world that glorifies bylines—despite the amazing growth of self-publishing—it is still, largely, editors behind the scenes who bring writers’ voices to the public. I have enormous respect for the editors that have worked with me over the years. I owe my career to the ones who took a chance on me in the early days, and the publishers, large and small, who stood with them.

In the end, nobody publishes alone. It’s team effort.

Despite my inherent respect for editorial work, and the many hours I have mentored fellow writers in my off-hours, it is still a role I would not have chosen for myself… until now.

Bayard Inc., and a certain persistent publisher, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and here I am.

I accepted the job as editor of Catechist, for that is what I am… beside wife and mother, I’m a catechist to my core. It’s a happy coincidence that I also happen to know how to write. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I also have a theology degree and I’m not afraid to use it.

When you get right down to it, all its ever been has been trying to share the Catholic faith… to invite people into a better relationship with Jesus, and his Church. This editor role is another way to do that.

I love catechists. They are indispensable in the work of the Church and the great commission that our Lord gave to us.

If it wasn’t for another person handing on the faith to me, I would not be here.

To the those who wonder… what about all the Books? The Speaking? The Podcast? The spiritual direction training?

Sure, they’ll be there… they all contribute to my experience. They make me better at this work… but yes, I am scaling back. It’s the right thing for this time of my life.

Given my current pace of writing one manuscript every 4 years, I’m not worried. I’d rather be out there teaching the stuff I’m writing about anyway. I wrote one book in 2012 and spent the next three+ years teaching about it. I still am. So yes, I’ll continue to give talks and retreats, on as many weekends as feasible. And I’ll leave podcasting to my days off too.

So here I am. I’ve just finished my second full week on the job. IMG_2188

The best part about it? The people. The worst? The commute is pretty far in crummy traffic. So I work both at an office and remotely from my home office as often as feasible. But enough about me.

Let’s talk about you.

If you are a catechist, a DRE, CRE, youth minister, a Catholic school religion teacher, or a trusted church volunteer teaching pre-K thru college, look us up and write to me at pat.gohn@bayard-inc.com. I’m looking for your stories of success, your best practices, and your real world experience in this adventure we call the new evangelization and the thrill of catechesis. Writers guidelines for Catechist are found here.

Write on.

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious Retreat comes to Malvern PA! Meet me there, Sept 30th!

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious Retreat comes to Malvern PA! Meet me there, Sept 30th!

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Join me and the beautiful and bodacious women of the greater Philadelphia area! Come to the beautiful Malvern Retreat House September 30th – October 1.

All the details you could want are here. 

Share this and bring a friend! Can’t wait! Hope to see you there!

Among Women Podcast 213: Prayer is a personal encounter with Jesus

Among Women Podcast 213: Prayer is a personal encounter with Jesus

A bit late due to technical difficulties, but we’re back with a new episode of Among Women! This show is dedicated to prayer as we talk with Julie Dortch Cragon about her latest book, Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women. You’ll also benefit from spiritual advice from Mother Teresa of Calcutta (soon to be canonized on September 4th!) and St Alphonsus Liguori, as I offer quotes from Julie’s book in our Blessed Are They segment.

Listen now at the Among Women website, or find Among Women on iTunes. 

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Among Women Podcast: Finding heaven on earth

Among Women Podcast: Finding heaven on earth

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 9.25.32 PMI’m back with a new Among Women Podcast — direct from my 4300 mile trek to Florida and back! I’m happy to bring you this podcast as a public service reminder — we really can find heaven on earth! Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity reminds us on our podcast, through her writings, that we can make our souls a heaven here on earth.

In this latest episode, I’m joined by my guests —  School Sisters of Christ the King — Sr Marie Caritas CK, and Sr Peter Marie CK. Together we discuss their vocations, their educational apostolate, and the joy of being brides of Christ, mothers to souls (spiritual motherhood), and daughters of the Church. And just getting to know these Sisters is a little bit of heaven on earth!

This episode catches us up after a short break in our podcast cycle due to school and travel in my life. Plus I also share some happy news here in the Gohn family. I hope you can download it and enjoy it!

Listen today!

 

Among Women Podcast 211: Kicking Little Sins

Among Women Podcast 211: Kicking Little Sins

In this new episode of Among Women, I welcome author and editor Elizabeth Scalia back to Among Women and we talk about that uncomfortable Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.14.10 AMsubject: sin. But hey, that’s real.  We have to confront the fact that even little sins can have a negative cumulative effect. Join us for a thorough discussion of the themes of Scalia’s new book: Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking our Bad Habits before They Kick Us.

Plus we’ll unpack saintly advice on why Mary is like our saint gladiator — she helps us fight sin when we turn to her!

All that and more on episode 211 of Among Women.

Listen!

Announcing a new book for women! #WalkInHerSandals — Join 10 women (including me!) for a walk with Jesus!

Announcing a new book for women! #WalkInHerSandals — Join 10 women (including me!) for a walk with Jesus!

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What’s this book about?

Here’s a summary from Amazon:

What if you could have been a witness to the events of the last days of Jesus’ life–walking with him as he entered Jerusalem, observing his crucifixion, and embracing him on Easter? What would you have thought and done? How would you have been changed?

Walk in Her Sandals, edited by popular Catholic author and speaker Kelly M. Wahlquist, takes you deeper into your relationship with Jesus by helping you relate to him in a profoundly intimate way. Looking at six universal gifts of women through the eyes of women in the gospels, the book guides you on a prayerful and creative journey through the days of Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.

As you imagine the experience of the women who met Jesus, you will discover how each of them expressed one of six, distinctive, feminine gifts identified in the writings of St. John Paul II. Through the eyes of an imagined woman who watched Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, you will understand how she conveyed the gift of receptivity. Through the hands of Veronica, who reached out to wipe the face of Jesus, you will discover how sensitivity is present and can grow in your own life. These gifts, along with generosity, prayer, maternity, and the Holy Spirit, come to life through the vivid portrayal of women who walked with Jesus. Their imagined stories are complemented by the real accounts of contemporary women who share their own stories of receiving and cultivating these gifts.

Love this group of women writers! The book is for pre-order here!

Mama, This One’s For You – Beth Hart

I just came off another Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious retreat last week… the subject of motherhood is always a bittersweet one for many women. I love to speak about the joys and the trials of spiritual motherhood (what all women are called to) and of physical motherhood (what many of us are called to in the vocation of marriage). Then, there’s Mother Mary — who always loves us. In the order of grace, she is our true Momma, too.

It’s still May – the month of mothers and Mary… so here you go. Listen to this one and if you are able, go call your mother.

All that said, I get teared up when I see a video like this. I may have to add it to the retreat line-up.

A little hat tip to my pal, Heather Rice Fahey  (Go listen to her sing “Amazing Grace”!) for sharing it with her Facebook friends.