We spend so much time in our cars these days that many of us are searching for things to listen to on our drive. If you have never listened to podcasts you are in for a real treat. There are so many wonderful, educational, funny, and engaging podcasts available all with the same goal in mind – to help you in knowing and understanding the Catholic faith.
I am going to share with you my top 6 favorites. This list is evolving and changing as new podcasts come out or I find ones that have been around awhile.
Doug Tooke hosts this podcast through OBD Films. He has been in ministry for many years and holds a masters degree. Doug researches each topic and provides a broad stroke of each topic within 20-30 minute shows. Not to mention, he is a good storyteller. You can search the history of the podcast and find episodes that interest you. https://renovopodcast.com/
- Catholic Stuff You Should Know
This podcast is hosted by 4 priests; Fr. Nathan Goebel, Fr. Mike Rapp, Fr. John Nepil, and Fr. Michael O’Loughlin. If you enjoy balance between banter, laughter, and learning then you will enjoy these guys. As you listen, you will feel like you know them and it is very evident that they are each trying to living their vocation and striving for holiness. Their podcasts last about 40 minutes to an hour. They have been podcasting for a long time so their library of episodes is plentiful. https://catholicstuffpodcast.com/
- The Lanky Guys
Fr. Peter Mussett and Dr. Scott Powell offer a weekly Thursday podcast that focuses on the readings for the upcoming Sunday. These guys are relaxed and great to listen to. Their podcast typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Listening to this podcast is a great way to prepare for Mass and it helps bring alive the Scriptures. http://www.lankyguys.org/
- Word on Fire
Bishop Robert Barron has 2 Word on Fire podcasts. He has Word on Fire Sermons which are about 15 minute homilies on the Sunday readings. His other podcast is Word on Fire Show where he goes through various topics in some detail. Bishop Barron touches on many topics/questions raised by nonbelievers in the world. He is an intellectual and it may go over your head a bit. However, I wouldn’t let this stop you from listening, instead, approach his podcasts with the idea that you will be challenged and grow in faith on an intellectual level. For a final treat, he answers listener questions at the end. These podcasts are typically 30-45 minutes long. https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/listen/
- Mike Schmitz
If you haven’t heard of Fr. Mike Schmitz, it won’t be long before you will fall in love with him. He works with Ascension Presents and provides video and audio clips that are generally less than 15 minutes in length on a variety of topics. His library of episodes is easy to navigate, as the titles are relevant to its topic. https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/
- Dare Great Things
Fr. Nathan Cromly is the president of St. John’s Institute in Centennial Colorado. He has done a great deal of work with young adults and shaping them into Catholic leaders within their communities. He is an inspiration to all who strive for greatness and how to become an exemplary leader through the use of Scripture and his example of living a holy life as a brother of the Congregation of St. John. His podcasts are rich and worthy of your time and great to reflect on in your personal prayer life. https://www.eagleeyeministries.org/dare-great-things-podcast/
These are just 6 of my favorites; however, there are many others worth mentioning. They are Pints with Aquinas, Abiding Together, The Liturgy Guys, Catholic Bytes, Do Something Beautiful, Three Dogs North, and many others. If you have a podcast that you love to listen to that helps you grow in your knowledge of the Catholic Church and your relationship with the Lord, please share with me so I can share with others.