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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.

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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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!

Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

Among Women 210: Women Encountering Jesus, (with novelist Stephanie Landsem)

This latest episode of Among Women is such a delight! I welcome novelist Stephanie Landsem and we look at her “Living Water” series, a wonderful trilogy of three books of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the Gospel of John. In this show, we explore the themes of her books that feature women heroines from the time of Christ — women who have encountered Jesus! If you like to relax and read, this series is for you! We also discuss a soon-to-released book that features a host of Catholic writers, including both Stephanie and myself: Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

This podcast also looks at the life of Blessed Margaret of Castello, a Dominican tertiary who overcame her disabilities with the love of Christ. Listen here!

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Stephanie Landsem, author

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Well, by Stephanie Landsem

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

The Tomb by Stephanie Landsem

Walk in Her Sandals, edited by Kelly Wahlquist.

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

Among Women 209: Women Leaving the Abortion Industry, with Abby Johnson

This latest episode of Among Women is poignant and powerful. My guest, Abby Johnson, works in a ministry “And Then There Were None”, dedicated to helping women come out of the abortion industry. Her new book is riveting: The Walls are Talking: Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.23.48 AMFormer Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their StoriesTogether we talk about how our committed friendship and love can help more women say no to abortion and re-start lives outside of the industry.

In our “Blessed are They” segment, I’m happy to be reading an excerpt from Melanie Rigney’s Blessed Are You that profiles the life of St Gianna Beretta Molla. Plus I share about Holy Doors and the Year of Mercy. Listen here to this new episode, or find #209 on iTunes.

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

Among Women Podcast 208 – Traveling in God’s Providence (with Diana von Glahn)

This newest episode of Among Women looks at the Providence of God from a few different angles…  in my life, the life of St Mary of the Cross, and the life of The Faithful Traveler, Diana von Glahn.

I’ll be sharing tips I’m trying to master from St Francis de Sales as I try to be more mindful of God’s Providence in the details of every day. Plus this show will offer a look at the life of Jeanne Jugan who became Mary of the Cross, and providentially, her life and work led to the formation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the same Little Sisters you’ve been reading about in the news.

Finally, in this podcast, we hear some behind-the-scenes stories of the life of Catholic filmmaker Diana von Glahn as she shares Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.38.57 AMdetails about a new film series for television on Francis’ 2014 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. This series came to be despite the heartbreak of Diana’s husband and producer/director staying home — and missing the pilgrimage — as he recovered from a heart attack. Plus Diana shares how this series profiles Francis’ pilgrimage and works, providentially, on promoting unity between Western and Eastern Christians. You’ll want to also hear the many interesting historical and spiritual details that Diana details about sacred sites in the Holy Lands.

Listen or download the latest Among Women podcast here, or listen to Episode 208 via iTunes.

You might enjoy this short video preview of the this new series from The Faithful Traveler…

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

This episode of Among Women looks at an important book and subject. It’s something that will help us in this election year, or whenever we need to discuss theScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 4.28.54 PM Catholic faith in a public setting, or at a cocktail party, or among friends and family — How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. 

Today our Among Women segment features co-author of the book, syndicated columnist, and NRO Editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez. I’ve been blessed by this book’s great principles, and I hope you will be too! Kathryn and I will also discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”, and Kathryn’s trips to EWTN and religious order foundress Mother Angelica’s funeral Mass, and also her trek to frosty Massachusetts for Divine Mercy Sunday in the Year of Mercy.

Plus we’ll look at the life and social action of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey — an innovative educator and missionary from the early 19th century and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Listen now!

There are so many good links for this episode, so be sure to check the show notes after you listen to this latest Among Women.

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

I’m packing my bags and flying to the hills of scenic Southern California May 13-15 for a three-day get-away to share the love of faith, fun, and the feminine genius with the women of greater San Diego.

Join us for Whispering Winds’ 2015 women’s retreat! I’m honored to be the guest speaker for this retreat, and looking forward to talking, walking, eating, laughing, and praying together!

A PDF flyer of the event is found here. Other important details on the schedule and rates are here.

Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center is located on 161 acres in the scenic mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, five miles south of the historic gold-mining town of Julian, about an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Check out their video of the beautiful grounds and facilities, below! I’m sooooo looking forward to this!

Whispering Winds – Meeting Spaces from Whispering Winds on Vimeo.