Ave Explores

Everyday Faith for Everyday Catholics

About the show

A project of Ave Maria Press, Ave Explores helps you discover and learn about aspects of the Catholic faith from a variety of different angles, looking at topics relevant to the spiritual life in a fresh, engaging, and practical way.

Ave Explores on social media


  • Why Faith and Science is Worth Talking About with Brandon Vogt

    April 14th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  31 mins 44 secs

    Brandon Vogt, senior content director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, explains that faith and science are not only compatible but also necessary to understand the mysteries of creation. He also offers strategies to best explain how faith and science work together to those who have serious doubts.

  • Faith Alive in Rome with Mountain Butorac

    March 19th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  28 mins 5 secs

    The Catholic Traveler Mountain Butorac discusses the vibrancy of parish communities in Rome and how pilgrimages help people grow deeper in their faith and understand the beauty of the universal Church.

  • Pilgrims in Ireland with James and Catherine McLoughlin

    March 17th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  48 mins 37 secs

    James and Catherine McLoughlin have lived and worked in England, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. They discuss Catholicism in each country, explain how faith comes alive on pilgrimages, in small groups, and through acts of service, and look ahead to the future of the Church in the United Kingdom.

  • The Church in Haiti with Sean Forrest

    March 12th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  24 mins 32 secs

    Sean Forrest, founder of Haiti180, discusses his international mission that serves the impoverished of Port Au Prince. Forrest, who travels to Haiti frequently to work with missionaries and operate an orphanage, says Catholicism is an anchor in the Haitian culture.

  • From Kenya to Rome with Samuel Maina

    March 10th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  24 mins 23 secs

    Samuel Maina, a seminarian in the Diocese of Nyeri in Kenya, shares his vocation journey and how his love of the Church in Africa and the vibrancy of the African culture in worship, community, and study led him to discern the priesthood.

  • The Vibrant Youth of India with Percival Holt

    March 5th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  43 mins 54 secs

    Percival Holt, former president of the Youth Council of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, discusses the vibrant Church in India, especially within youth and young adult ministry. Having traveled throughout India advancing the youth worker movement, Holt also explains the diversity within Indian Catholicism, where liturgical worship is an expression of local regions and communities.

  • A Faithful Fight for the Environment with Joe Moeno-Kolio

    March 3rd, 2021  |  Season 9  |  34 mins 37 secs

    Joe Moeno-Kolio, a climate change advocate in Samoa, discusses how the Catholic faith is thriving in the South Pacific, especially in small village communities that are grounded in family life. Moeno-Kolio also explains how working to fight climate change, and care for God's creation is critical work for every Christian.

  • The Universal Church Close Up with Brenda Noriega

    February 26th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  38 mins 54 secs

    Brenda Noriega reverted to Catholicism when she moved to the United States from Mexico. She discusses how to end division and create unity and build community within our local parishes and throughout the world.

  • This Church is Your Church with J.D. Flynn

    February 24th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  45 mins 47 secs

    J.D. Flynn, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Pillar Catholic, discusses how the Church in America is responding to divisions caused by the sex abuse crisis, opposition to Pope Francis, politics, and online forums.

  • The Church Down Under with Malcolm Hart

    February 19th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  38 mins 21 secs

    Malcolm Hart, director of the Center for Evangelization for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, discusses how the Church in Australia is addressing increased secularization and rejection of the faith.

  • The Universal Church with Cardinal Napier, O.F.M.

    February 17th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  55 mins 12 secs

    Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier, O.F.M., archbishop of Durban in South Africa, discusses the Church's global diversity, which is rooted in love of Jesus Christ. Napier, who went to seminary in Ireland, also talks about the early days of his priesthood during apartheid in South Africa and eventually voting in the conclaves that elected Popes Benedict XVI and Francis.

  • It's Still Christmas with Fr. Michael White & Tom Corcoran

    December 30th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  22 mins 45 secs

    Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, authors of bestselling Messages series for Advent and Lent and the award-winning [ital] Rebuilt, discuss how to celebrate the entire Christmas season and stay connected as a parish community.

  • All Things in Charity with Heidemarie Peterson of Reliquary Supply

    December 23rd, 2020  |  Season 8  |  25 mins 21 secs
    advent, catholicism, charity

    Heidemarie Petersen, owner of Reliquary Supply, says that charity means little if it isn't rooted in your heart. She practices charity personally and through her Catholic small business, giving to other organizations and hiring people from marginalized and oppressed communities.

  • Living with Joy with Kelly Wahlquist

    December 16th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  24 mins 6 secs

    Kelly Wahlquist, founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, says that joy is ultimately rooted in peace. She offers encouragement on ways to maintain joy during Advent in the time of coronavirus.

  • Hopeful Anticipation with Bishop William Wack, C.S.C.

    December 9th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  25 mins 55 secs
    advent, christmas, hope, peace

    Most Rev. William Wack, bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, reflects on spending the Advent season anticipating the birth of Jesus with a joyful, hopeful, and generous heart.

  • Hope Looks Different this Year with Justina Kopp

    December 2nd, 2020  |  Season 8  |  30 mins 29 secs
    advent, ave maria press, first week of advent, hope, multiples, quadruplets

    Justina Kopp explains how she grew in faithfulness and hope while pregnant with her now-four-year-old quadruplets. Kopp says that although hope may feel different in light of the pandemic and the social unrest in the country this year, it is still valuable to look for the light that only Christ brings.