Learn more about my latest book – All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. Available now!
In honor of Pentecost — a drawing for my book ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Church Matters

In honor of Pentecost — a drawing for my book ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Church Matters

Happy Birthday Church!

June 4th is Pentecost — when we celebrate of the birth of the Catholic Church!

In honor of the Church, I’m giving away, in a random drawing 5 copies of ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters.

Please leave a comment below to enter the random drawing that will take place at the end of Pentecost week on June 10th.

This is a random drawing limited to US residents only (for mailing purposes.) (The comments box will also capture your email address, so I can contact future winners.)

If you are one of the five winners, I’ll contact you by email, to ask for your mailing address, and if you want your book inscribed and signed by me.

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If you’d like to read excerpts of the book, go here, here, and here.

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To listen to my narration of portions of the book on my podcast, go here, here, and here.

 

UPDATE 6/15/2017: Thank you to all who entered the drawing. The winners have all been notified. -Pat

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

So here’s something rare: Two podcasts from me in the same 24-hour period. I would have written, “the same day” but it seems the second one posted just after midnight. Oh, the life of podcasting … is never predictable.

First up : here’s the third and final installment to my read-aloud narrations for ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I hope you’ll enjoy it. On Among Women Espresso Shot #16 I’m talking about the very subject that seems to have been the springboard for the book… how so many of us suffer from a curious diagnosis: the mud-splashed bride syndrome. (Have no fear, I also share the cure!)

Next up: In this latest episode of Among Women we look at Mary in two ways. First, we explore themes related to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in 1917 to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal. Second, we explore a mother’s life with the help and assistance of Mary — especially during times of great sufferings and trials. My guest is Judy Landrieu Klein, who shares her story with us, as found in her latest book, Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God.

Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode of Among Women — lots of great resources for #Fatima100, and more!

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Did you hear this news? Among Women is so honored to be added to the podcast line-up at Discerning Hearts. Check out their great podcasts — I dare you to listen and not grow!

News! Among Women joins Discerning Hearts – the Catholic podcast network!

News! Among Women joins Discerning Hearts – the Catholic podcast network!

Last week marked the debut of Among Women on the inspirational Catholic online network known as Discerning Hearts.

Discerning Hearts has hundreds of podcasts designed to help listeners grow in the spiritual life, and I’m pleased to have been invited to collaborate with Kris MacGregor, the founder, who will be adding Among Women to the weekly line-up.

Discerning Hearts podcasts are distributed via live streaming and on-demand via their website and apps. They feature podcasts devoted to prayer and discernment, Scripture study, the church fathers, spiritual classics, and more! Check out their line up! I highly recommend the series by Fr. Timothy Gallagher OMV, and the spiritual classics as places to begin! Catholic book clubs and individual readers may also enjoy Inside the Pages with Kris MacGregor.

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About Discerning Hearts, from its website:

Discerning Hearts … is dedicated to evangelization and spiritual formation through new media. Discerning Hearts creates engaging multi-media, specializing in audio productions (known as podcasts and radio broadcasts) faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and it’s rich, authentic spiritual tradition. Its mission responds to the Church’s call to use the media for evangelization, catechesis, and spiritual renewal.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the US Bishops from Region 2 in 2010 saying, “Only through interior renewal will we be able to discern and meet the spiritual needs of our age with the ageless truth of the Gospel”…that is our goal.

Thanks to the generosity of its large online community over this past year, Discerning Hearts has grown both the sizes of its audiences and the number of shows it produces. As a ministry, Discerning Hearts makes real contributions to the use of new media in the Catholic Church. Many of our series are produced and formatted so they may be used freely on Catholic radio stations (such as the Spirit Catholic Radio Network, it’s “parent” in ministry), as well as, other new media outlets in their various forms….allowing broadcasting to occur in it’s “broadest” sense.

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Follow Discerning Hearts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo.

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This is non-profit apostolate. If you can donate to Discerning Hearts, you may do so here.

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Welcome to Episode 15 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Chapter 1, The Beloved, from ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of Chapter 1.

Listen here! 

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Find reviews for the book here or on Amazon.

Buy the book! 

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If you are interested in some of my recent interviews about the book, see the links below: all_in

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Girlfriends podcast with Danielle Bean

A Seeking Heart podcast with Allison Gingras

“This is the Day” on Catholic TV

“Becoming Confident Catholics” – Webinar at Ave Maria Press

“Pathways to Learning” with Sr Marie Pappas, Sirius XM Radio

 

Among Women 222: Negativity Among Catholics Thwarts the Good

Among Women 222: Negativity Among Catholics Thwarts the Good

 

 

This episode of Among Women features a conversation about an ancient martyr’s death — that of St. Blandina in 177 AD. But I also discuss the frequent “persecutions” we see online and in the media among Christians whose negativity and criticism toward each other thwarts the good they may do.

My guest is Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, writer of an provocative must-read article from The Pilot (the newspaper from the Archdiocese of Boston) — “Uncomfortable” — that challenges the in-fighting that can happen between members of the Church. Together we discuss the harmful effects of disparaging each other and one another’s projects with a kind of litmus Catholic test. This kind of negativity is contrary to the Christian mission. This show is a call to check our own witness, and to tend to our own efforts at reaching out to others. Let’s instead support each other in extending the mission of the Gospel.

Listen here!

 

 

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Among Women 221: Bragging on Jesus – with Danielle Bean

Join us for this latest episode of Among Women for an  important and fundamental conversation about Jesus who loves us — and what it means to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the bedrock — the reason for our faith as Catholics.

Jesus once asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a question we all must answer. In this episode we meet two women who are in love with Jesus — St. Matilda of Hackeborn from Germany, and Danielle Bean from New Hampshire.

I’m happy to welcome 41ZSMFtxWhL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_author and speaker and Catholic Digest magazine publisher, Danielle Bean, back to the program. Together we discuss her latest book: You’re Worth It! (Change the way you feel about yourself by learning how Jesus feels about you.) 

Don’t miss this episode of Among Women!

Listen!

 

 

Image credit: Pat Gohn. 2014.

Among Women 219: Almsgiving and Fasting

Among Women 219: Almsgiving and Fasting

In the latest episode of Among Women, author and Catholic.Mom found Lisa Hendey shares her amazing trip to India and her ongoing association with the mission of Unbound.org. We talk about how personal sponsorship can be a loving almsgiving plan.

I also discuss my own struggles with fasting and disciplines when their demands begin to pinch. Plus I share the life story of St. Juliana of Cornillion and her impact on the life of the Church.

Listen here, or find Among Women on iTunes.

20% off Sale for ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters! Details here!

20% off Sale for ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters! Details here!

My wonderful publishers are having a book launch sale event! Now through March 20, get my new book, ALL IN, for 20% off the cover price! 

You can even get my first book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, for 20% off!

Full details here!  Go to Ave Maria Press and place your order.

Be sure to use the promo code BELONG to get your discounts!

Thanks!

 

ALL IN is available! (Hint: today is a great day to order it!)

ALL IN is available! (Hint: today is a great day to order it!)

 

The word has been out for a few days as advanced orders were received, but I’m happy to announce that the release of my new book, ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church matters, is out and available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, Catholic bookstores, and, of course, at my publisher’s website, Ave Maria Press.

I’ve been blessed to be a Catholic and I share some of my faith story here, as well as my confidence in the Catholic Church, and how you can firmly place your trust firmly both in Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Church. Now, I know for some of you, your trust in the Catholic Church might be a bit wobbly, given all the strife and heartache and disappointment many church members have caused both within and without the Church. I totally get that. And that’s why I wrote about how I can still be confidently Catholic, and an active member in the Catholic Church, with its warts and all. Without whitewashing our struggles, I offer the reasons I stay.

Information about the book is here, and in an earlier post here.

And so I offer this loving appeal: Even if you have a stack of books to read ahead of this one, if you order it today, it will really help the book’s launch. Does that sound self-serving? Yes, I agree it does. But the reality is that the Catholic book market has all the same pressures that other book markets have, as we exist in a competitive economy. So if there’s ever a new Catholic book that you are interested in reading, try to buy it when it first comes out. The hardworking people in Catholic publishing will appreciate your business.

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I’ve been out speaking about the book in a few media places already…

On Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo (listen at 39:00 on the hour) and the Spirit Mornings crew at Spirit Radio Network…

Find articles on the web at Aleteia, and Amazing Catechists.

Next week on March 9 I’ll be on Radio Maria and the following week on Catholic TV’s “This is the Day” on March 17. 

And there’s more to come.

Very soon I’ll be offering a few excerpts read by me on the Among Women podcast.

I’m booking future ALL IN retreats for Catholic parishes and dioceses. Or single talks for your church event. Find my contact information at the bottom of this page.

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FYI: I’m out in California today getting ready to give a women’s retreat at St Catherine of Alexandria parish in Morgan Hill (near San Jose), so if you are in the area, join us! If not, we’d appreciate your prayers!

Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Among Women Espresso Shot #13: My Adoration Story

Let me invite you to listen to Episode 13 of the Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

This episode’s topic: My Adoration Story

This 15-minute show is a short discussion of my Adoration roots and my developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus  back in my late 20s. Get ready for Lent, and the coming of Easter by making a weekly appointment with Jesus – by praying a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. It’s another  way to contemplate Christ.Espresso shot

Links for this episode:

An interesting additional link from my podcast archives on this same topic is AW 93. It is a longer message on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a great panel of women. (If you just want to hear the panel discussion, skip to 26:30.)