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If you've ever felt stuck spiritually because you struggle with where to go and what to do in your spiritual life, The Best Catholic Podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are crazy about the fun and engaging way Dominick Albano brings out the personal stories, faith habits, and spiritual insights of the men and women he interviews. Dominick has been helping people encounter Jesus and fall in love with their Catholic faith since he began giving talks and leading retreats at age 16 and he knows how to dig out the practical wisdom and spiritual advice that will help you grow in your faith. Grow your prayer life, hear some incredible stories of faith, be encouraged by the good things happening in your Church, and become the best Catholic you can be.

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If you've ever felt stuck spiritually because you struggle with where to go and what to do in your spiritual life, The Best Catholic Podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are crazy about the fun and engaging way Dominick Albano brings out the personal stories, faith habits, and spiritual insights of the men and women he interviews. Dominick has been helping people encounter Jesus and fall in love with their Catholic faith since he began giving talks and leading retreats at age 16 and he knows how to dig out the practical wisdom and spiritual advice that will help you grow in your faith. Grow your prayer life, hear some incredible stories of faith, be encouraged by the good things happening in your Church, and become the best Catholic you can be.

    #014 - Brian and Mary Vogrinc - How to raise a holy and happy family

    #014 - Brian and Mary Vogrinc - How to raise a holy and happy family

    I love to ask the people I interview about spiritual champions they personally know, and if someone was to ask me that question the first two names that would come to mind are today’s guests: Brian and Mary Vorginc. They are honestly the holiest people I’ve ever met, they are like second parents to me, and I love them dearly. They’ve had an enormous impact on my life, and I’m a better husband, father, and man for their example. 
     
    Why did I want to interview them? Because, simply put, they have lived my dream. They raised five children who know, beyond a doubt, that their parents love them dearly, and above and beyond that, each one of those children intimately knows the love of God. They have a strong and loving marriage of nearly forty years, and so, for me as a father of young kids who dreams of nothing more than raising happy and holy children and as a husband who dreams of a happy and long and holy marriage, I can honestly tell you that if I live half the life they have lived, I’ll consider myself a lucky man. 
     
    They are fountains of wisdom, and we really get to dig into how they raised a happy and holy family, and how they built a strong and holy marriage through prayer, the sacraments, and persevering difficult circumstances in life. 

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #013 - Sr. Serena Deters - Prayer, scripture, and dealing with past hurts

    #013 - Sr. Serena Deters - Prayer, scripture, and dealing with past hurts

    In today's episode you will hear from Sr. Serena Deters!
    After graduating from Benedictine College in 2003 she entered the Marian Sisters in the Diocese of Lincoln, where she has been serving as the  vocation director and a spiritual director for the last 10 years.
    In this episode we dig into the nitty gritty of spiritual direction. How to use your imagination to meditate on scripture, how to interpret the thoughts that come up during prayer, how to go through prayers of healing, and much more. 
    Today’s episode is brought to you by The One-Week Challenge. The one-week challenge is a community of people who want to be better people and live better lives, but they also know that changing your life in even the smallest way is incredibly difficult. So, instead of trying to make one giant change that sticks for a lifetime, we try to make one small change for one week. Sign up and each Monday morning you’ll get a new challenge sent straight to your inbox. Challenges can be anything from drinking only water for one day, writing a handwritten letter to someone, or waking up thirty minutes early everyday for one week. If you want to join in visit dominickalbano.com, click on the free resources page, and get yourself signed up.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    #012 - Fr. John Hollowell - How to be an evangelical Catholic

    #012 - Fr. John Hollowell - How to be an evangelical Catholic

    In today's episode you are going to hear from Fr. John Hollowell!
    Fr. Hollowell is a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and serves as pastor for Annunciation Catholic Church in Brazil, IN as well as pastor for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church near Depauw University's campus. 
    In the first fifteen minutes of this episode I think Fr. Hollowell uses the word 'evangelical' about fifteen times. It's clear the man has a real heart for evangelization and for inspiring people to live an evangelical Catholicism. This passion likely came from his parents, who modeled an evangelical Catholicism for Fr. Hollowell as he was growing up through leading small groups in the family home.  
    We spend a fair amount of this episode diving deep into what it means to be evangelical as a Catholic. The problem is that the evangelization paradigm is so far from what we are used to as Catholics. Many Catholics are open to the idea of evangelization, but the 'how to' is where the problem comes in. We spent a fair amount of time digging into that how-to, and tried to come away with some serious practical takeaways into how to live a more evangelical Catholic life. 
    This episode is brought to you by the Secular Books with Spiritual Insights reading list. Each month I send out a book review that typically falls in the business or personal development arena, but rather than give a typical book review, I lay out the spiritual insights that can be gleaned from reading the book. It's a list that you can't find anywhere else, so visit dominickalbano.com and click on the free resources page to get signed up. 

    • 1 hr 45 min
    #011 - Fr. Bryan Stitt - Two steps for the average Catholic to grow in holiness

    #011 - Fr. Bryan Stitt - Two steps for the average Catholic to grow in holiness

    In today's episode you will hear from Fr. Bryan Stitt!
    Father Bryan Stitt doesn’t remember much of the day of his First Holy Communion nor anything of his Baptism.  So the most significant day of his life was July 19, 2003—the day he was ordained a priest.  He and his younger siblings were raised in Crown Point by Maria and the late-Douglas Stitt. 
    After graduating from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Crown Point Central School, Bryan attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  There he began a degree in Civil Engineering with plans to minor in architecture. 
    Those plans got dramatically changed when he finally decided to respond to a call that he first considered in the 4th grade.  Bryan entered Wadhams Hall College Seminary in Ogdensburg in 1996.  There he completed a degree in philosophy in 3 years and was then sent by Bishop Loverde to the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
    In Rome his life was blessed as he experienced the Catholicity of the Church.  There he studied with people from across the U.S. and from around the world.  In Rome he also had exposure to the timeless history of the Church—praying not only with Pope John Paul II but also at the tomb of his predecessor, St. Peter.
    After three years in Rome, Bryan was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Timothy Dolan (now the Cardinal-archbishop of New York) and the following year he was ordained Father Bryan Stitt by Bishop Gerald Barbarito back in Ogdensburg. 
    Since then, Fr. Stitt completed a license in Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum University, served as the personal secretary to Bishop Cunningham, and has had a variety of pastoral assignments.  He has served at St. Peter’s in Plattsburgh, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, St. Mary’s in Clayton, St. Patrick’s in Colton, St. André’s in Malone, St. Mary’s in Massena, St. Mary’s in Fort Covington, not to mention serving 9 years in the Vocations Office.  Finally, in 2016, Fr. Stitt became the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Canton, NY where he ministers to 600 families, a grade-school, and two college campuses.  He is also the Diocesan Director of Worship.
    When he is not in the church or the classroom, Fr. Stitt enjoys hiking, fly fishing, downhill skiing, doting on his three nieces and two nephews, but most especially he loves spreading the Word of God to people hungry to be nourished by the Bread of Life.
    Enjoy hearing the two step path to growth in holiness that this pastor would prescribe to his typical parishioner. My favorite quote from the podcast:
    "The spiritual life is a response to an invitation from God." 
    This episode is brought to you by the Secular Books with Spiritual Insights reading list. Each month I send out a book review that typically falls in the business or personal development arena, but rather than give a typical book review, I lay out the spiritual insights that can be gleaned from reading the book. It's a list that you can't find anywhere else, so visit dominickalbano.com and click on the free resources page to get signed up. 

    • 1 hr 32 min
    #010 - Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt - How to figure out where you are spiritually and what to do next

    #010 - Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt - How to figure out where you are spiritually and what to do next

    In today's episode you will hear from Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt!
    Fr. Gale is the pastor at St. Isidore's parish in Manhattan Kansas, right on the edge of Kansas State University, and the vocation director of the Diocese of Salina. 
    One of my favorite parts of this episode is when Fr. Gale speaks about how deeply he loves his faith, and how seriously he believes that the way to live Catholicism proposes is the greatest way to live. And with that belief, he believes he must share that with all the people around him, because you can't really claim to love someone if you don't share that message with him. 
    When we get to our section on spiritual growth, Fr. Gale lays out a practical and straightforward method for evaluating where you are spiritually, and how to figure out where to go next. It's super helpful for anyone looking to grow spiritually who doesn't know what to do next. 
    This episode is brought to you by the Secular Books with Spiritual Insights reading list. Each month I send out a book review that typically falls in the business or personal development arena, but rather than give a typical book review, I lay out the spiritual insights that can be gleaned from reading the book. It's a list that you can't find anywhere else, so visit dominickalbano.com and click on the free resources page to get signed up. 

    • 2 hr 3 min
    #009 - Fr. Dennis Saran - God has a plan for your life

    #009 - Fr. Dennis Saran - God has a plan for your life

    In today's episode you will hear from Fr. Dennis Saran. 
    Fr. Dennis is the pastor at St. Dominic parish in Brookfield, WI. He was ordained a priest in 2015 after spending more than 20 years as a pediatrician. A late in life vocation, Fr. Dennis has been through it all: he was married and had three daughters, his marriage ended in divorce, he got an annulment, got married again, his wife was diagnosed with cancer and died, two of his daughters left the faith, and finally - after many years of trying to discern what God wanted him to do - Fr. Dennis entered seminary. 
    In this episode you'll hear practical advice from a priest who has actually lived through the stuff that so many people are trying to deal with: death of a spouse, divorce, children leaving the faith, and more. He's a great dad, an awesome man, and the St. Dominic community is lucky to have him!
    This episode is brought to you by The One-Week Challenge. The One-Week challenge is a weekly email program with Dominick Albano. Each Monday morning you will receive in your inbox a simple and powerful challenge for the week. The goal is to help you be a better person and live a better life. Sign up at www.dominickalbano.com/oneweekchallenge. 

    • 1 hr 38 min

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