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Saints Preserve Us is an irreverent but informative show that chronicles the bizarre lives, often equally bizarre deaths, and posthumous mythologies of Catholic Saints. It's a glorious mash-up of true-life crime documentaries, shocking but true historical exposés, reassuring spiritual feel-goodery, and gory examinations of mankind's exaltations and depravations.
 
Each episode will showcase specific saints examining their lives, the art they've inspired, and the legacies they've left behind. Through the lens of these misfits, martyrs, and messiahs we will also explore themes and topics that are relevant to the culture today including political division, apocalyptic fixation, quests for revenge, women's rights, racial inequality, life, death, and the debate over free will versus determinism. We'll interview members of the clergy, art historians, religious studies professors, theologians, and luminaries from the world of literature and pop culture who can offer insight into the pantheon of Saints, their meaning, their significance, their impact on our society and how they can help us understand our current moment.
 
Every week the show will also feature our in-house Saints experts and award-winning authors of the book Saints Preserve Us, Sean Kelly and Rosemary Rogers. Sean Kelly was the editor of National Lampoon from 1971 to 1978 during which he "broke his own record for obscurantism, reach an apotheosis with a dense parody of Finnegan's Wake." In 1975 he was a founding editor of Heavy Metal, the adult fantasy magazine, and as a freelance writer, he has been published in Bazaar, Benneton’s Colors, Interview, Irish America Magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Playboy, SPY, The Village Voice, & the Quarterly of Joyce Studies. He reviewed a great many children’s books for the New York Times and created material for John Candy, George Carlin, Jane Curtin, Robert Klein, Steve Martin, Martin Mull, Gilda Radner, & Jonathan Winters.
 
Rosemary Rogers is an author, humorist, and former music producer whose eight books have been published by Random House, Villard, St. Martin’s Press, Hearst, Barnes & Noble, and City Lights. She collaborated with Sean Kelly on the bestseller Saints Preserve Us, currently in its 18th international printing. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, O. The Oprah Magazine, Oprah: Live Your Best Life, and Irish America, where she contributed to the magazine, website, and podcast and has been running her ongoing series “Wild Women.” She also frequently collaborates with her husband, Robert Downey, Sr. 
 
Sean and Rosemary are joined each week by their producer and co-host Christian O’Toole, former Director of Video and Podcast Producer for Men’s Journal and story producer and editor of two documentary features on psilocybin assisted therapy, Focus on Clinical Research: Part One - The Johns Hopkins Stoy and Focus on Clinical Research: Part 2 - Death, Dying and Psychedelics.

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Saints Preserve Us Sean Kelly & Rosemary Rogers

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Saints Preserve Us is an irreverent but informative show that chronicles the bizarre lives, often equally bizarre deaths, and posthumous mythologies of Catholic Saints. It's a glorious mash-up of true-life crime documentaries, shocking but true historical exposés, reassuring spiritual feel-goodery, and gory examinations of mankind's exaltations and depravations.
 
Each episode will showcase specific saints examining their lives, the art they've inspired, and the legacies they've left behind. Through the lens of these misfits, martyrs, and messiahs we will also explore themes and topics that are relevant to the culture today including political division, apocalyptic fixation, quests for revenge, women's rights, racial inequality, life, death, and the debate over free will versus determinism. We'll interview members of the clergy, art historians, religious studies professors, theologians, and luminaries from the world of literature and pop culture who can offer insight into the pantheon of Saints, their meaning, their significance, their impact on our society and how they can help us understand our current moment.
 
Every week the show will also feature our in-house Saints experts and award-winning authors of the book Saints Preserve Us, Sean Kelly and Rosemary Rogers. Sean Kelly was the editor of National Lampoon from 1971 to 1978 during which he "broke his own record for obscurantism, reach an apotheosis with a dense parody of Finnegan's Wake." In 1975 he was a founding editor of Heavy Metal, the adult fantasy magazine, and as a freelance writer, he has been published in Bazaar, Benneton’s Colors, Interview, Irish America Magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Playboy, SPY, The Village Voice, & the Quarterly of Joyce Studies. He reviewed a great many children’s books for the New York Times and created material for John Candy, George Carlin, Jane Curtin, Robert Klein, Steve Martin, Martin Mull, Gilda Radner, & Jonathan Winters.
 
Rosemary Rogers is an author, humorist, and former music producer whose eight books have been published by Random House, Villard, St. Martin’s Press, Hearst, Barnes & Noble, and City Lights. She collaborated with Sean Kelly on the bestseller Saints Preserve Us, currently in its 18th international printing. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, O. The Oprah Magazine, Oprah: Live Your Best Life, and Irish America, where she contributed to the magazine, website, and podcast and has been running her ongoing series “Wild Women.” She also frequently collaborates with her husband, Robert Downey, Sr. 
 
Sean and Rosemary are joined each week by their producer and co-host Christian O’Toole, former Director of Video and Podcast Producer for Men’s Journal and story producer and editor of two documentary features on psilocybin assisted therapy, Focus on Clinical Research: Part One - The Johns Hopkins Stoy and Focus on Clinical Research: Part 2 - Death, Dying and Psychedelics.

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    Ep. 1 - The Greatest Saints of All Time with Father James Martin

    Ep. 1 - The Greatest Saints of All Time with Father James Martin

    In this episode, Rosemary and Sean give their picks for the GOATS or Greatest Of All Time Saints. They also share the stories of some of their less-known personal favorites and Rosemary interviews special-guest Father James Martin, Jesuit priest and author of “My Life with the Saints,” about the real-life humanity of the saints and the miraculous sermons of baby saints Rumbold and Ambrose. We also learn how the cinematic life of the Irish poet-saint Columba led to a landmark copyright infringement case, how burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down can help you sell your house, how praying to St. Anne can literally save your life, and how modern-day bohemian Brooklynite Dorothy Day could be on her way to becoming a saint, despite having an abortion in her wild younger days as a hard-drinking riot girl in Greenwich Village.
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    • 48 min
    Ep. 0 - An Introduction to the Catholic Saints

    Ep. 0 - An Introduction to the Catholic Saints

    Your name, your birthday, your nationality, your job, your hobby, each entitles you to the papally prescribed, perpetual, personal protection of a plethora of powerful patrons in paradise. Whatever your problem, a holy host of heavenly helpers is at hand. And you don't even have to be Catholic! In this pilot episode authors and experts, Sean Kelly and Rosemary Rogers explain where the saints come from, how they are officially canonized, and how they can help us in everyday life. We learn the truth about the real Saint Nicholas' broken nose, why Saint Brigid taught a fox to dance, how Saint Columbanus taught Europe to read, and why Tupac could be considered a modern-day saint.


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    • 26 min

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