September 14, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Sister Orianne Pietra René from the Daughters of St. Paul to talk about the story of her deep conversion to Catholicism – out of a very interesting mixed-religious household – and the call to her vocation as a religious sister, living out her life in the service of Christ and the Church. It’s a fascinating look at how God calls someone to deeper and deeper conversion – like St. Paul,... Read more

September 7, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by my good friend Robert LeBlanc, co-host of the Pints and Pews Podcast, author, and speaker – and a guy who was born in the same hometown as me! Our conversation this week revolves around that idea: what it’s like to be grow up Catholic (for Robert) and Evangelical (for me) in the same small-ish town. Robert shares some incredible stories of his own upbringing from how he inherited and experience... Read more

August 31, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by the one and only Melissa Presser to talk about her amazing journey into Catholicism. Raised culturally Jewish, Melissa had an incredible encounter with God which led her to become a devout practitioner of her Jewish faith. Through trauma and abuse Melissa continued to practice and deepen her faith eventually being led by the Holy Spirit into Protestant Christianity and, through some incredible encounters (including St. Edith Stein!), finally home into... Read more

July 27, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by creative artist, musician, television host Benjamin Wolaver to talk about his journey into the Catholic faith – and the journey of his entire family band! Wolaver, who plays Benjamin Cello on the incredible television program The Wonderful World of Benjamin Cello, converted to the Catholic faith alongside his parents and siblings – all members of the incredible Annie Moses Band! What happens when an entire family band converts to Catholicism?... Read more

July 20, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by former Anglican priest and Catholic convert John Bacon to talk about his conversion story – and it’s an incredible one! Ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, John tells his story of encountering Catholicism through the Liturgy, the Early Church Fathers, Mary’s role in exorcisms (which he encountered as a police chaplain!), and even a relationship which he struck up with another famous convert Dr. David Anders... Read more

July 13, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined once again by world renown Early Church expert and author (and one of my favourite guests) Mike Aquilina. On this episode, Mike joins us to talk about how the Early Church read, understood, and used the Scriptures. What does it mean that the primary place of Scripture was in the Liturgy? What’s more important Scripture or Tradition? Could all Christians afford Bibles? Could all Christians read? What do we know about... Read more

July 6, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by the incredible, world-renown theologian Dr. Margaret Turek to provide the Catholic case for the atonement. And, boy, is it ever incredible! Dr. Turek lays out in beautiful depth and poetry, the whole of salvation history. Why Jesus had to come, die, and rise from the dead. Why Jesus had to die the way He did. What was the Father’s role in “abandoning” Christ on the cross? And what do Catholics... Read more

June 29, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Catholic Answers apologist extraordinaire Joe Heschmeyer to discuss the structure of the Early Church. Was the Early Church made up of loosely affiliated groups of believers, or did the Early Church inherit a clear hierarchical structure from the apostles? The question is one of the most important ones to answer, considering it’ll help to determine WHICH church Christ founded – out of many different denominations. In this episode, Joe takes... Read more

June 22, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Steven Christine, a medical doctor, lawyer, a lecturer and speaker on Catholic social issues, and the author of Speaking for the Unborn: 30-Second Pro-Life Rebuttals to Pro-Choice Rebuttals. Here, Steve walks us through how to talk to just about anyone about abortion: those that have had abortions, those that advocate for abortions, the passionately pro-choice, and those that haven’t really thought it through. With a vast collection of pro-life... Read more

June 15, 2022

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by my good friend Keith Nester to unpack some of the problems with Protestant Christianity that drove us to convert to Catholicism. Keith Nester is a former Protestant pastor – he spent over 20 years in ministry before converting to Catholicism. Keith is the host of the Catholic Feedback podcast, the author of a fantastic book for new converts, and has an incredibly popular YouTube channel (that I’m sure you’ve already... Read more


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