Ascension Press is a huge producer of content, most especially they have pivoted their content to be much more detail friendly. They (at the time of the review) have eight very popular podcasts. All of them excellent.
Fr. Mike’s Podcast
Fr. Mike’s popular Ascension Presents video series in audio form, so you can listen on the go.
Father Michael Schmitz is the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He was ordained a priest in 2003 after attending The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of Saint Thomas. He also appears in programs targeted toward youth and young adults for Ascension Press, as well as regular short videos on Ascension Presents.
Fr. Mike has become sort of a social media sensation (if that word can be used for a priest). He captured many people by his short and very focused video releases on social media. I would also have to say from both the audio and video, Fr. Mike portrays real joy. You can see it and hear it in his voice.
More than the joy that he exudes, he is clear on his teaching and opinions. Many times, he will offer both on the topic at hand, and doesn’t hesitate to point out which is which.
Have It In Your Car
As a father of four, I sometimes struggle with topics outside of ‘how was it?’, ‘how are you?’. This podcast is awesome to give a topic, and then a direction to take it. Who doesn’t have 6 minutes in the car? Use that time to up your Catholic faith.
Want to watch or listen without a podcast player? No problem, you can find almost all of his videos on his YouTube playlist.
What About Topics?
As you can see by that wide range of topics, he isn’t afraid to take on some dangerous and fun topics. They are all in the range of 6 – 10 minutes long. You can get them all in the podcast as well. WOW what a great resource for your drive, for waiting in line at the grocery store, or to have on hand for a quick listen while picking up the kids from school, dance, or sports.
We at Catholic Apps, encourage you to subscribe to it.
Podcasts are everywhere now. People and businesses are constantly launching and creating podcasts, listening to new podcasts, and talking about podcasts. But, you may be wondering, with all this talk of podcasts, “what even is a podcast?” Not to worry, we will break down the nuts and bolts of all that you need to know about podcasts below.
It is important to note that podcasts are generally free to listen to.
A podcast is a series of on-demand audio files (there are video ones as well) that often focus on a particular topic or theme. Podcasts can be accessed via a computer, tablet, or smart phone, Google Home, Apple HomePod and downloaded so that they can be listened to at any time. Listeners can be automatically updated of new episodes in a podcast by subscribing to their chosen podcast from within their podcast catcher.
The term podcast is actually a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast. The “pod” of podcast is borrowed from Apple’s “iPod” digital media player, while the “cast” portion of podcast is taken from the radio term “broadcast.”
On your computer, you are able to listen to podcasts directly from the podcast’s website, on iTunes, on Spotify, or Google Play Music. There are also many other podcast listening websites and desktop apps for podcasts, so a Google search will provide several other options for you to listen to a podcast. Generally, a podcast website will direct you to all of the locations that you can listen to their podcast.
Smartphone / iPod / iPad / Tablet
Similarly to listening on your computer, you can listen to podcasts on the podcast’s website, iTunes, and Spotify. iPhones specifically have an Apple Podcasts app already pre-downloaded (or you can install it), so you are able to easily access the podcasts that you want. As for Android, there are many specific podcast apps available for download, including Sticher, Google Podcasts, Overcast, BeyondPod, and Grover Pro among many others.
Once you have your app or website, just search for the title of the Podcast, and subscribe. You can listen to past episodes, and get notified of new episodes.
There are lots of great Catholic Podcasts out there, this is just one of them.