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Jesuitical is a podcast from America Media hosted by three young, hip and lay editors: Ashley McKinless, Olga Segura and Zac Davis.

Each episode brings some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week, and an interview with a guest who offers a unique perspective on world events, culture or faith. At the end of the show, Zac, Ashley and Olga invite the listener into their faith lives by sharing their consolations and desolations from the week.

May 10, 2019

Like so many, we were devastated by the news of Rachel Held Evans’s death last weekend. Rachel’s willingness to write candidly and prophetically about her faith inspired countless believers and doubters.

The importance of Rachel’s life and work is clear from the outpouring of grief and love that’s emerged from her death. To honor her life and legacy, we wanted to re-air our interview with Rachel from last year. We spoke to Rachel about her book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Rest in peace, Rachel.

In Signs of the Times, we discuss whether or not we like when priests improvise at Mass, the legacy of L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier and the new editorial director of the Vatican women’s magazine.

Thoughts on this week’s show? Join the discussions happening with other Jesuitical listeners (and hosts and producers!) on our Facebook group.

This week’s episode was sponsored by Sunday to Sunday with Fr. Mike Russo, a new online video series that explores the art, craft and spirituality of preaching.


Links from the show:

Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37

Dear priests who improvise at Mass: Please don’t.

Jean Vanier, ‘living saint’ who ministered to people with disabilities, dies at 90

How the University of San Francisco became the first Jesuit university to go carbon neutral

Catholic officials pleased with new conscience protection rule

Pope to Hairdressers: Cut Gossip, Work in ‘Christian Style’

Vatican newspaper appoints new editorial board for women’s magazine

Sunday to Sunday


What’s on tap?

Leftover party beer.