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Favorite Catholic Podcasts for Women

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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

This is the Blessed is She podcast we’ve all been waiting for!! It’s finally here. Beth Davis and Jenna Guizar take call-in questions (you can call and ask them a question using the Anchor app here!) and chat about prayer, life, community, and our faith. 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.

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. Two of them are currently parish priests in the greater Denver area and two are doing advanced studies in Rome, so their varied perspectives and styles keep things interesting.

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.

Abiding Together

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.

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.

Hallie Weekly

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.

How-to Catholic

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.

Word on Fire Show

How could I make a list of Catholic podcasts and not include the amazing Bishop Robert Barron? If you want serious theology, this is the podcast for you.

So what about you, sisters? What Catholic podcasts didn’t I mention? What is a favorite of yours that we should check out?

Beth Williby is a mom of four pretty amazing humans and has been married to her college sweetheart for almost twenty years. She does her best praying through singing and feeding the people she loves. Having grown up in the Midwest, she now calls Northeast Florida home. You can find out more about her here.

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11 Comments

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    Julie Habiger
    March 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Thriving in the Trenches should have been on this list! A wonderful Catholic podcast from Becky and Megan with guests and interesting, timely topics for women!

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    Sara Perla
    March 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Check out the storytelling podcast from the USCCB! http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/podcast/

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    Kayleigh
    March 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Great list, thank you! I found Coffee & Pearls, which is a 15 minute weekly podcast for Catholic moms. They are quick podcasts to make Catholic motherhood and living in general easier or more effective. My favorite podcast thus far is the one that she posted just before Lent, where she helped me realize just how attached I was to the very thing I was giving up.

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      Sally
      March 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      I second the coffee and pearls!

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    Tiffany Lewandowski
    March 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    The daily breakfast with Fr Roderick, and Discerning hearts.

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    Kirstin
    March 2, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Holy Catholic Marriage has a great podcast for marriages! It relates that week’s readings to the sacrament of marriage. Check it out
    https://holycatholicmarriage.com/podcast/

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    Hannah
    March 3, 2018 at 7:25 am

    My favorite is the Among the Lilies podcast that Cameron Fradd puts out. Great for Catholic women in any stage of life!

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    Anna Z
    March 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    There’s a great one about post-partum depression called “Mental – The Podcast” – it’s pretty serious, but it’s so well done, and the stories are fascinating!

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    Sarah Norton
    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Hi! Mental The Podcast is a great one;it’s an audio miniseries investigating postpartum depression and anxiety. It is a combination of motherhood+mental health+living a life of faith in it. All the woman and experts are catholic. It’s amazing!!

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    Lyn H
    March 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Great list, may I suggest good things radio with Brooke Taylor, and Bible Study Evangelista w Sonja Corbitt. These two lovely ladies have been so instrumental in my faith journey as a still fairly new convert to the Catholic Church.

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    Caitlin
    May 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Awesome list, thank you! “Hello & Welcome!” is a new Catholic podcast that covers a lot of real life topics: https://helloandwelcomeshow.com/listen/ I’m loving it so far!

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