16 episodes

Conversations with Catholics of color and those from communities of non-European origin, where we can get to know about each other’s faith experiences, stories, spirituality, and culture.

Voices From the Pews Lorna DesRoses

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Conversations with Catholics of color and those from communities of non-European origin, where we can get to know about each other’s faith experiences, stories, spirituality, and culture.

    Advent Reflection

    Advent Reflection

    Advent Reflection
    Susan Ho

    As we begin the season of Advent, let us take a moment to hear a reflection from Susan HO, to help us prepare ourselves spiritually for the miracle of Christmas.

    Readings for the 1st Sunday in Advent, bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112722.cfm
    Listen to the earlier episode featuring Susan, voicesfromthepews.com/2022/05/13/susan-ho/
    read Susan’s blog at lostsheepfound.com

    Get in touch with Voices from the pews with your questions, comments, and story ideas,
    voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    617.682.0885

    • 5 min
    Michael Howard

    Michael Howard

    Michael Howard
    Eat The Scroll
     
    Today’s conversation is all about evangelization and how to evangelize with educator, writer, speaker, and evangelist Michael Howard from Eat the Scroll Ministry.
    Michael shares resources and reflections from ministry leaders from around the country at
    Eat the scroll Ministry, https://www.eatthescrollministry.com
    https://www.facebook.com/eatthescroll/
    Michael Howard new fellow in LMU Black Catholic program
    https://www.blackcatholicmessenger.com/michael-howard-lmu-fellow
    The course Michael is teaching at Loyola Marymount University
     https://crs.lmu.edu/programs/faculty/?expert=michael.howard
    The Presence of Black Catholics Today and Tomorrow
    Michael mentions his conversation  with Sr. Thea Bowman, who is one of the 6 Black Catholics currently being considered for sainthood. Read about her, https://www.sistertheabowman.com/biography/
    What does it mean to evangelize?
    To evangelize is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/evangelization/go-and-make-disciples/what_is_evangelization_go_and_make_disciples
    The Second Vatican Council’s central purpose was evangelization. All its reforms, whether about liturgy, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, or education, were all ordered toward one goal: to make the Gospel more accessible to the modern world.
    https://www.ncregister.com/news/vatican-ii-and-the-new-evangelization-29721pee
     
    Get in touch with Voices from the pews with your questions, comments, and story ideas,
    voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    617.682.0885

    • 39 min
    Emily Strand & Eric Styles

    Emily Strand & Eric Styles

    Emily Strand & Eric Styles
    Meet Father Rivers (Part 2)

    Today, we continue our conversation about Fr. Clarence Rivers who influenced so many as a priest, liturgist, composer and mentor with Emily Strand and Eric Styles, cohosts of the podcast, Meet Father Rivers.
    Learn more about Fr. Clarence Rivers
    https://lykefoundation.org/rev-clarence-rivers/
    https://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2021/11/06/unsung-hero-fr-clarence-rivers/
    Take a look at the first edition of the Lead Me, Guide Me Hymnal, published in 1987 which was dedicated to Fr. Rivers. https://www.amazon.com/Lead-Me-Guide-American-Catholic/dp/9992233044
    What was Vatican II anyway?
    Pope St. John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council in 19599, explaining that this would be an opportunity for an “aggiornamento” — a serious reflection on how to express and live the truths of the faith in a way that would be heard, understood, and received. https://www.pillarcatholic.com/what-was-vatican-ii-anyway/
    Some of the changes brought about by Vatican II included the way in which the liturgy was celebrated-
    the priest faced the people
    the Mass was celebrated in the vernacular and not in Latin
    The Day the Mass Changed, how it Happened and Why -- Part I https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=9377
    Black Catholic Worship:
    Some Reflections
    by Bishop Joseph N. Perry
    Each culture brings its distinctions and styles that make the church so diversely rich. There are more fundamental goods predicated in human cultures than there are denials or distractions from fundamental Christian truth. “Catholic” means universal; and in this universality is found racial, ethnic and philosophical diversity.
    https://www.americancatholicpress.org/Bishop_%20Perry_Black_Catholic_Worship.html
    More on Black Catholic culture and how it is reflected within liturgy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_At5RC2zHc
    You can find the Meet Father Rivers Podcast at
    https://meetfatherrivers.libsyn.com/
    or wherever you listen to podcasts
    Get in touch with Emily and Eric at meetfatherrivers@gmail.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MeetFatherRivers

    Contact Voices from the pews with your questions, comments, and story ideas
    Email voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    or call and leave a message at 617.682.0885

    • 28 min
    Emily Strand & Eric Styles

    Emily Strand & Eric Styles

    Emily Strand & Eric Styles
    Meet Father Rivers (Part 1)
     
    Today, Emily Strand and Eric Styles, cohosts of the podcast, Meet Father Rivers talk to us about Fr. Clarence Rivers a hidden yet essential figure in Catholic history of the United States. We learn about how he influenced so many through his ministry as a priest, liturgist, composer, author, speaker, teacher, and mentor. He strove to infuse the Catholic liturgy with the many gifts from the African American culture. Emily and Eric also share how Fr. Rivers influenced them and the way in which they view the role of music in the liturgy.
     
    Learn more about Fr. Clarence Rivers
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Rivers
    https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Fr.+Clarence+Rivers%2C+liturgy+pioneer%2C+dead+at+73.-a0127432639
    https://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2021/11/06/unsung-hero-fr-clarence-rivers/
    Listen to Fr. Rivers sing
    “God is Love”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXqfh5KxqYs
     “Bless the Lord,”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOM769nrzrI
    Listen to the Missa Luba, a Congolese setting of the Mass, which influenced Fr. Rivers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RSZNxcgIuA
    You can find the Meet Father Rivers Podcast at
    https://meetfatherrivers.libsyn.com/
    or wherever you listen to podcasts
    Get in touch with Emily and Eric at meetfatherrivers@gmail.com
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MeetFatherRivers
    Twitter @RiversPodcast
     
     
    Contact us with questions, comments, and story ideas
    Email voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    or call and leave a message at 617.682.0885

    • 28 min
    Deacon Sermed Ashkouri

    Deacon Sermed Ashkouri

    Deacon Sermed Ashkouri
    A Courageous Faith

    Deacon Sermed Ashkouri, a bi-ritual deacon who serves the Chaldean mission in the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of Boston joins us on Voices from the Pews to talk about coming to the United States as a teen, what life is like for Christians in Iraq today and the events and activities of the Immaculate Conception Chaldean Mission.
    ** Content advisory
    There are some descriptions of violence during our conversation. So, if you are listening with little ones, you may want to listen with headphones or consider not allowing them to hear this portion of our conversation.

    Watch
    The Ordination of Deacon Sermed Ashkouri to the deaconate
    https://chaldeanchurch.org/diaconate-ordination-of-sermed-ashkouri
    to contact the Immaculate conception Chaldean Mission of Boston, go to
    https://chaldeanchurch.org/churches/immaculate-conception-chaldean-mission/

    Learn about
    the Chaldean rite
    https://cnewa.org/magazine/chaldean-rite-catholics-christians-with-a-distinct-spirituality-30081/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaldean_Catholic_Church
    the Christians of Iraq
    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-03/pope-francis-iraq-christianity-ancient-history-mesopotamia.html
    Iraqi Christians today
    https://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/iraq/lamassu.pdf

    Christian Iraqis wary of Easter attacks
    https://www.dw.com/en/christian-iraqis-wary-of-easter-attacks/a-17579253
    Iraqi Christians resilient on Easter
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-christians/iraqi-christians-resilient-on-easter-idUSTRE73N19Z20110424
    Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv3HI8wkzRA
    Pope Francis in Iraq 2021 - Witness the pivotal moments of this historic trip
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSfIrqmogvY

    Would love to hear your comments, questions, and story ideas. Send an email to voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    or call and leave a message at 617.682.0885

    • 33 min
    Nate Tinner-Williams

    Nate Tinner-Williams

    Nate Tinner -Williams
    Black Catholic Messenger

    Nate Tinner -Williams, seminarian, commentator, and cofounder of The Black Catholic Messenger joins us on Voices from the Pews to talk about his journey into the Catholic Church, connecting with Black Catholics and his discernment to enter the priesthood.

    Learn about
    The Josephites (St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart)
    https://www.josephites.org
    The Institute for Black Catholic Studies
    https://www.xula.edu/ibcs
    Read
    The Black Catholic Messenger
    blackcatholicmessenger.com
    The History of Black Catholics in the U.S. by Fr. Cyprian Davis
    https://www.amazon.com/History-Black-Catholics-United-States/dp/0824514955

    Get in touch with questions, comments, and story ideas
    Email voicesfromthepewspodcast@gmail.com
    or call and leave a message at 617.682.0885

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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Emily Strand ,

A Much Needed Podcast, and a Good Listen

Voices from the Pews is an unexpected and yet much needed window into Catholic beliefs and culture. I love hearing the stories of the diverse guests and how they put their Catholic faith into action. Lorna is a great host and interviewer, and she chooses interesting guests who help us recognize that “catholic” means “universal”. Listeners will enjoy meeting these folks as well. Listen and subscribe to this insightful show!

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