If you would have told me a year ago that there were Catholic podcasts to listen to, I’m not sure I would have believed you. If you had told me a year ago that I’d eventually have ten of them set to automatically download to my phone, I’m probably would have laughed at you. But, God likes to keep us on our toes, after all, so here we are.
I didn’t really start listening to any podcasts until my youngest started school full time, leaving me alone for most of the day. What could fill the silence? I mean, as good as the Hamilton soundtrack is, you can only listen to it so often. Further, during this time I was having a resurgence of my Faith. I found I was craving things that would help me grow, learn, and be a better woman, mom, and Catholic.
That’s exactly what these shows did. Catholic podcasts are an outstanding resource for quality entertainment with a high moral and educational value.
Best Catholic Podcasts for Women
So, without any further ado, here is my master list of go-to Catholic podcasts. They’re in no particular order and range from the literary to the maternal to the highly theological. I hope it helps you find something you love!
The Gathering Place
Every week, Beth Davis and Jenna Guizar sit down with the rest of us and chat. Sometimes special guests come on board, which is so fun and full of wisdom. Need a weekly spiritual check in? Check out the podcast here, you're going to fall in love.
Fountains of Carrots
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every Catholic woman must be in search of a good podcast.
So begins each episode of this delightful show by Blessed is She's own devotional writer, Christy Isinger, and author Haley Stewart. These two ladies have a great rapport, fantastic guests from around the Catholic world, and do a bang-up job of encouraging a love of literature in all of their followers.
The Jennifer Fulwiler Show
Your source for fresh takes on pop culture and the spiritual life.
That pretty much sums it up! “Your friend, Jen” hosts a daily show on Sirius XM satellite radio and frequently releases a podcast of highlights from the show. Jen isn’t afraid to tackle even the most awkward and hot-button issue, which I really appreciate. And her diverse guest list keeps things hopping.
Update: Jen now hosts a new podcast that will have you rolling with laughter! Check out This is Jen.
Catholic Stuff You Should Know
What do you get when you combine four young priests, some bourbon, and a couple microphones? A quality podcast, that’s what! Fathers Nathan Goebel, John Nepil, Mike Rapp, and Michael O’Loughlin give their devoted listeners a weekly theology lesson along with a great number of laughs.
The Catholic Feminist
This show is “a podcast for Jesus-loving women who want to be inspired, involved, and intentional.” For being a relatively new podcast, host Claire Swinarski has had some truly amazing guests who bring their own special gifts and words to build up women in the Church. If you think that feminism and the Catholic Church can’t go hand in hand, I highly recommend you give this one a listen.
The three hosts, Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym seem to know and appreciate each other, which makes for an easy-going listening experience. There are beautiful discussions on various topics of faith, lots of encouragement, and plenty of love and laughter... What else could we want?!
Girlfriends with Danielle Bean
This is a general lifestyle podcast about relationships, faith, work, and family. Danielle is a well-known Catholic author and speaker and her podcast is full of real-life scenarios, advice, and humor.
Holy Catholic Marriage
Married ladies, check this one out with your husbands! This weekly podcast reflects on marriage in light of that week's Sunday Mass readings.
Do Something Beautiful
Inspired by the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta, host Leah Darrow shares about women and men who are doing something beautiful with their lives for God. The author of the book The Other Side of Beauty, Leah always has a great time with her guests who run the gamut of Catholic topics.
Like the Jen Fulwiler Show, this podcast is culled from excerpts from Hallie Lord’s weekly show on Sirius XM. Hallie’s storytelling and gentle voice are what make this a winner for me.
Husband and wife duo Kevin & Lisa Cotter talk about all things Catholic. Seriously. All the things. Sometimes they host singly, sometimes together. They are the authors of the book Dating Detox.
Among the Lilies
Cameron Fradd is all about keeping it real. She says, "If you’re a lady who is tired of pretending and ready to be real, I suspect this podcast will be right up your alley. I started the podcast because, quite frankly, I couldn’t find one out there like it."
Just One Small Thing
Nancy of Do Small Things with Love started a podcast to have a real conversation about the big parts of the lives of moms, wives, daughters, sister, friends and women.
Thriving in the Trenches
Megan and Becky are encouraging and equipping women to universally and uniquely serve Christ in their feminine vocation. By embracing joy, laughter, freedom and friendship, they are seeking to thrive in the trenches of their domestic churches.
Diapers and Disciples
Each week Amber O'Hearn chats with a new guest about living out the Great Commission as a mom. She's learning to pray, share the love of Christ, and raise her little disciples in diapers.
Coffee and Pearls
This weekly podcast for moms is 15-minutes long and aims to make Catholic motherhood, homemaking, and living in general easier and more effective. It's a great practical and spiritual boost!
Electric Waffle Podcast
With Blessed is She writer Katie Prejean McGrady and her husband Tommy McGrady, check out Electric Waffle, where they chat about a collection of discussions between a married couple about three things: cultural trends, Catholicism and Faith, and the joyful chaos of their lives.
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So what about you, sisters? What Catholic podcasts didn’t I mention? What is a favorite of yours that we should check out?
Patricia Violetti said:
I am a 90 year old women and have been trying to find podcast for lent, had a great one with three nuns last lent and can’t find one this year so now I have a good list to try tonight if I can get ALEXA to understand me , thank you. If you know of any podcast with focus on lent please let me know,