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The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview Catholic women on topics like poverty, refugees, eating disorders, mental health, and women's rights.

The Catholic Feminist Claire Swinarski

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 1.2K Ratings

The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview Catholic women on topics like poverty, refugees, eating disorders, mental health, and women's rights.

    Introducing FOLLOW: Logging Out and Leaning In

    Introducing FOLLOW: Logging Out and Leaning In

    Follow: Logging Out and Leaning In, a serial non-fiction book available only to Letters subscribers.
    You’re probably reading this on your cell phone. And just before you read this, you probably saw something else that made you mad. A controversial hot take. A perfectly-primped-and-primed mom influencer with her five children in identical rust-toned overalls. A “Christian” influencer holding not-so-Christian opinions.
    Follow is an 9-part serialized book that’s equal parts hope-filled invitation and steadfast anthem to find freedom from social media practices that are hurting our souls and crushing our spiritual lives.
    Because following Jesus doesn’t take place on a cell phone. You don’t have to give in to the cultural captivity of social media. Follow will help Catholics everywhere step forward into faith by logging out of the echo chamber and leaning in to the world around us—the kingdom gift we’ve been given.
    Follow will be available to all subscribers to our Substack newsletter, Letters from a Catholic Feminist, and released in serial form. I’m living out my lifelong dream of publishing how Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott did—piece by piece. From April to December, Letters subscribers will receive a chapter of Follow, as well as a worksheet to help themselves narrow in on how they want to use (or not use) social media to bring about the kingdom of God. Get signed up today by subscribing to Letters From a Catholic Feminist at the catholicfeministpodcast.com/letters. 

    • 9 min
    176: The Catholic Feminist Finale

    176: The Catholic Feminist Finale

    Oh, my sisters—it has been the absolute joy of a lifetime. May we continue to believe in Christ, in the church, and in ourselves. I just wanted to chat with you today about how to walk forward as a Catholic feminist, and how to celebrate the Gospel goodness + your fellow sisters.
    Please, please, please stay connected with the Catholic Feminist! I’ll still be on Instagram. You can check out my books. I hope you consider joining us on pilgrimage. Maybe you’ll even hop on our subscriber list for Letters from a Catholic Feminist!
    It has been an honor to learn from YOU, sister. May we keep learning.
    This episode was brought to you by Awaken My Heart, a new book by Emily Wilson Hussem. Check it out at AveMariaPress.com!
    This episode was also brought to you by Hallow, the meditation app for Catholics. Go to Hallow.com/catholicfeminist for a free 30-day trial.

    • 32 min
    175: The Plight of the Persecuted Christian ft. Gia Chacon

    175: The Plight of the Persecuted Christian ft. Gia Chacon

    This spring, when many of us were unable to attend Mass, we felt the ache for normalcy and the sacraments. Personally, it reminded me that all around the world, millions of Christians are being persecuted for their faith--that the ability to safely attend mass is a privilege I have that so many others don't. Today's guest is Gia Chacon, founder of For The Martyrs. Gia's passion for speaking up for persecuted Christians is truly inspiring and I learned SO much from her about things going on in Iran, Nigeria, and other places around the globe. I hope our episode reminds you of the gift of a persecution-free faith and emboldens you to continue speaking up for your own religious rights. 
    This episode was brought to you by Gather Together, a new book out from Ave Maria Press. Check it out at avemariapress.com!
    This episode was also brought to you by Hallow, the meditation app for Catholics. Go to Hallow.com/catholicfeminist for a free 30-day trial.

    • 34 min
    174: The Grace of Motherhood and Art ft. Ann Vaeth

    174: The Grace of Motherhood and Art ft. Ann Vaeth

    Juggling motherhood + business as an artist isn’t easy for anyone, and today’s guest is no exception. Ann Vaeth of Paper Monestary is helping us understand how motherhood can HELP our art, not hinder it, and how she thrives as a Catholic artist when the artistic world is so secular. So often these days, motherhood is shown as a hinderance to artistic endeavors and I love this truly feminist perspective from Ann. We also discuss her conversion to the faith, if Ann struggles with comparison on Instagram, and how she balances the business side of her art. Enjoy!
    This episode was brought to you by Ave Explores, an initiative of Ave Maria Press. Sign up for all of the free content at avemariapress.com and learn what the holy witness of the saints means for us.
    This episode was also brought to you by Hallow, the meditation app for Catholics. Go to Hallow.com/catholicfeminist for a free 30-day trial.

    • 33 min
    173: Rekindling Our Catholic Faith ft. Mallory Smyth

    173: Rekindling Our Catholic Faith ft. Mallory Smyth

    You’ve heard it constantly: the “nones” are the fastest growing religion in the world. Why are we hemorrhaging Catholics? Author, wife, and mama Mallory Smyth breaks down why she spent time away from the Catholic faith and what brought her back. In her story, we can find lessons learned about keeping, spreading, and living the faith. This isn’t a board meeting of parish workers talking about How to Attract the Millennials, it’s just 2 friends sharing their own stories of finding Jesus in the Catholic Church and working to rekindle a love for him in others.
    This episode was brought to you by Ave Explores, an initiative of Ave Maria Press. Sign up for all of the free content at avemariapress.com and learn what the holy witness of the saints means for us.
    This episode was also brought to you by Hallow, the meditation app for Catholics. Go to Hallow.com/catholicfeminist for a free 30-day trial.
     

    • 38 min
    Holy Exhaustion vs. Burnout ft. Emily Linn

    Holy Exhaustion vs. Burnout ft. Emily Linn

    It's one of the joys of the podcast that I get to sometimes sit with my besties and do deep dives over their life decisions--ha! On today's show, we're chatting with Emily Linn, a young adult minister within the Diocese of Milwaukee. Emily is a wife, mom, and passionate ministry worker who has some great insight into burnout. What does burnout feel like? How do you know if you should step away from your ministry job? How do you know if you're truly 'called' to ministry? These are the questions Emily and I tackle together, and it was a gift to have her on the show. If you're currently experiencing burnout within your ministry job, know this: Jesus sees you. He does. Even--especially--when others don't. 
    This episode was brought to you by Ave Explores, an initiative of Ave Maria Press. Sign up for all of the free content at avemariapress.com and learn what the holy witness of the saints means for us.
    This episode was also brought to you by Sock Religious. For 10% off a pair of Catholic socks, enter FEM10 at checkout.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

adark14 ,

True feminism

Thank you for being a witness to true feminism!

MetalCheerleader ,

Guests were awesome. Host less so.

Well-intentioned with excellent guests. It would be more fruitful to have a host who I can look up to as a feminist- in all honesty, she is a stay-at-home home who occasionally works. She benefits from the patriarchal system. We need more representation from single women, working women, women who carry unique crosses in the Church. I see that in a lot of the guests, which is why I keep listening, but Claire herself is not a feminist and it sometimes hurts the show to hear her go on about her “struggles”. Women in the Catholic world are beautiful, loving, strong, gritty- this Disney princess approach is not comforting or useful.

corey wayne 420 ,

Important topics missed in church

I absolutely love this podcast. I live in the south and Catholics here tend to be afraid of the word feminism or hard topics like race or poverty. I’m so happy to have found a community that is catholic but also talks about less traditionally “conservative” catholic issues. We need to focus more on the Lamb not the elephant or donkey

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