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Ep. 64—Advancing the Faith in the Podcast Medium—Mike Aquilina, James T. Majewski

By Thomas V. Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 30, 2020 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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It’s Podcast Week here at CatholicCulture.org, as we want to make more people aware of our audio offerings, particularly the two new podcasts we launched last October: Catholic Culture Audiobooks and Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina.

Both of these shows have broken new ground in Catholic podcasting, which has so far largely stayed in the realm of talk shows rather than scripted programming. As more and more people in the United States and globally adopt podcasts as a source of entertainment and education, it’s important that Christ be there to meet them.

In this episode Thomas invites our other podcasters, voice actor James T. Majewski (Catholic Culture Audiobooks) and author Mike Aquilina (Way of the Fathers), to talk about how they make their shows and the effect reading and studying the Church Fathers has had on them personally.

If you are a lector at Mass, you will find James’s comments on how he approaches reading the writings of the Saints inspiring and helpful.

Contents

[2:15] James’s training in philosophy and acting as preparation for narrating the Fathers

[7:00] How Mike meandered into a career writing about the Fathers

[9:27] The original idea for audiobooks and podcasts at The Catholic Culture

[15:33] How Mike distills scholarship into an accessible and edifying presentation of early Church history

[21:20] The accessibility and affordability of creating a good-sounding podcast

[24:16] James’s process for preparing nuanced readings of the Fathers at a rapid pace

[33:03] Mike’s and James’s recourse to the intercession of the holy authors they study

[37:38] St. John Henry Newman and the early Fathers as masters of media

[42:40] The mastery of the Fathers’ work and its relevance today

[45:55] The spiritual effects of narrating the writings of saints

Links

Support CatholicCulture.org’s podcasting efforts https://www.catholicculture.org/donate/audio

Catholic Culture Audiobooks https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/category/audiobooks/

Way of the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/category/way-fathers/

James T. Majewski https://www.jamestmajewski.com/

Mike Aquilina https://fathersofthechurch.com/

Episode 12 interview with Mike https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/episode-12-career-in-poetry-prose-mike-aquilina/

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

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