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Working Man is the official podcast of Harmel Academy of the Trades, a Catholic, residential trade school in Grand Rapids, MI.
Our mission is to share the Catholic Church's teaching on the human enterprise of work, and to provide to the Church and to the world men of integrity, formed in holiness, skilled in their trade, who stand in solidarity with one another and with Christ.

Working Man Harmel Academy of the Trades

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Working Man is the official podcast of Harmel Academy of the Trades, a Catholic, residential trade school in Grand Rapids, MI.
Our mission is to share the Catholic Church's teaching on the human enterprise of work, and to provide to the Church and to the world men of integrity, formed in holiness, skilled in their trade, who stand in solidarity with one another and with Christ.

    205 St. Joseph and Fatherhood with Fr. Donald Libby

    205 St. Joseph and Fatherhood with Fr. Donald Libby

    If you listen to this podcast, you likely know already that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared this to be the Year of St. Joseph. Our guest today, Fr. Donald Libby, is the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, and he will give us an introduction to the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, and help us understand how St Joseph shows us what fatherhood is all about.

    • 31 min
    204 Kyle McCarthy

    204 Kyle McCarthy

    We've been waiting to have this conversation for a long time...

    • 46 min
    203 Dan Grabinski | Laborem Exercens

    203 Dan Grabinski | Laborem Exercens

    Today we’re talking with CNC Machinist Dan Grabinski. Dan and Dave talk about the state of modern manufacturing, the challenges of finding good people to fill good positions, the cultural side of learning a trade, and the attitude it takes to enter into a tradition of craftsmanship.

    At the end of the episode, we’ll also share a short passage from John Paul II’s encyclical Laborem Exercens. That’s an encyclical we talk about a lot on this show, and sometime in the future, we’ll do a deep dive into what are sometimes called "the social encyclicals." But for those of you who have not had time to curl up and read these texts, we’d like to start sharing parts of them here for you to reflect on them as you get Working Man jammed into your ear-holes.

    • 35 min
    202 Work and the Keys to the Social Question

    202 Work and the Keys to the Social Question

    Today, a talk given by Harmel Academy’s President and Co-Founder, Brian Black. Brian gave this talk this fall in Traverse City, Michigan to a charitable organization named Martinus. In it, Brian does a deep dive into the meaning of work, and if you’re interested in taking a look at the philosophical DNA of Harmel, if you want to spend some time examining movement and gears of the cloak that is this Academy, this is the talk for you. 

    • 47 min
    201 Andy Newland on ESOPs and Catholic Social Teaching

    201 Andy Newland on ESOPs and Catholic Social Teaching

    Our guest on today’s episode is Andy Newland. Andy is the president and CEO of Hercules Industries in Denver Colorado. Until very recently, Hercules was a family business that manufactures HVAC products, but when the family looked ahead to how it wanted the company to continue, they decided to turn it into an ESOP. In this episode, you’ll learn what that means, how companies create culture across generations, and one company’s insight into how the principles of Catholic Social Teaching can move from theory on a page to practice on the shop floor. Andy’s insights are excellent, and you’re really going to enjoy them.

    • 41 min
    S01 E14 Andreas Widmer

    S01 E14 Andreas Widmer

    Andreas Widmer is the Director of the Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship  at the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. 
    He is also a former tech executive, but  many of you may familiar with him from his book The Pope and the CEO where he details the lessons he learned in his former life as a bodyguard to St. John Paul II. You read that right. Think about having “Saint Bodyguard”  listed on your resume.
    This was just such a great conversation, and I walked away with it with about a dozen things I wanted to integrate into my work and  prayer and life and thinking, and I think you’d going to like it a lot. 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Ranger Kilner ,

Great Interviews!

These are great conversations, Always enjoyable and thought provoking. Phelps does a stand out job as interviewer. Thanks Harmel Academy!

11amills111 ,

Quality content

Loving the perspective this podcast gives me on my work in relation to the Catholic walk.

shacounselor ,

Working Man Is a Fantastic Resource

As a guidance counselor at a Classical Catholic School I find the conversations on Working Man indispensable. The fact that a man can see the fruits of his labor in a non- utilitarian fashion is highlighted. Men are exposed to the true nature of work. I commend Harmel Academy of the trades for offering a much needed training for young men. I have used this podcast as a resource for our high school students.

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