Archive for March 2021
We sat down and spoke with Father Jeff Smialek, a Carmelite Priest who loves Elvis, has been trained in martial arts, coaches lacrosse, and teaches at a Catholic High School. Listen as we discuss his faith journey, his hobbies, a little trip down memory lane between him and Carlos who used to be a colleague of his, the struggles of teaching morality in today's society, and why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is his favorite part of being a priest.
We are joined with Bill Snyder, founder of Patchwork Heart Ministries and Anne Desantis, his co-host for Sewing Hope Podcast to discuss the book they co-authored along with Hearts Burning Within Us. In this book, they seek to answer those burning questions that weigh on young Catholic hearts today, including questions on sexuality and gender issues. Listen in as Bill and Anne weigh in their thoughts on what is the most common/intense burning question and what approach they each took in creating the narrative of this book.
After suffering a life-threating complication after giving birth to her second child, Anne DeSantis experienced her own personal miracle after receiving the healing hand of God. Now a devout Catholic, wife and mother of two, she works to help families in crisis find spiritual healing as a director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation (SRNF).
Founded by the Mercedarian Friars (the Order of Mercy) in 2015, the SRNF ministers to families in crises such as divorce, addiction, mental health, etc. They work to provide spiritual healing through spiritual consultations, prayer, and more. In addition, they have multiple resources available for clients to seek additional help for the challenges they face and struggle with.
Anne DeSantis is also the host of Journeys in Faith, a live videocast that broadcasts on Facebook Live and YouTube, and co-host of Sewing Hope Podcast, both affiliates of the Fiat Ministry Network and Patchwork Heart Ministry founded by Bill Snyder.