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.

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  • Made for More with Leah Darrow

    January 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 59 secs
    anxiety, ave explores, ave maria press, depression, faith, guilt, katie prejean, leah darrow, mental health, prayer, stress

    Leah Darrow, a speaker, author, Season 2 contestant on America’s Next Top Model, and founder of Lux U, shares about her struggles with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, “mom guilt,” balance, and explores ways one can find peace & strength through spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, regularly attending daily Mass, and “recalibrating” one’s routine.

  • Introducing Season 2 of Ave Explores

    December 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  8 mins 43 secs
    anxiety, ave maria press, catholicism, faith, friendship, healing, hope, katie prejean mcgrady, mental health, stress

    Katie Prejean McGrady is back to give a snapshot of the upcoming season of Ave Explores, as we take a look at stress, anxiety, and mental health.

  • Episode 8: Mary on the Journey with Us

    November 13th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  22 mins 17 secs
    ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, catholicism, faith, jesus, katie prejean mcgrady, mary, our lady

    Katie summarizes the Ave Explores Mary series, highlighting the key points made by all the guests on Season 1 of the podcast.

  • Immaculate, Miraculous Mary with Michael O'Neill

    November 5th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 11 secs
    ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, fatima, guadalupe, lourdes, mary, miracles, our lady, the miracle hunter

    Katie gets a master class in the 3 most well-known Marian apparitions from the Miracle Hunter himself, Michael O'Neill.

  • Many Hail Marys at a Time with Kristin Reilly

    November 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 25 secs
    blessed mother, catholic, catholicism, hail mary, katie prejean mcgrady, kristen reilly, many hail marys, mary, our lady, rosary

    Katie visits with Kristin Reilly, a working mom with 7 kids, a career in finance, and an online ministry that brings hundreds of people together on Instagram Live every morning to pray the rosary together.

  • Making a Holy Family with J.D. Flynn

    October 29th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  27 mins 35 secs
    ave explores, ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, catholicism, faith, jd flynn, katie prejean mcgrady, mary, our lady

    Katie sits down with J.D. Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of Catholic News Agency and co-host of the popular Catholic podcast, The Editor's Desk from CNA, to talk about the Blessed Mother's importance to his family, how praying a rosary every evening has helped him be a better husband and father, and he puts on his "Canon Lawyer hat" to help give tips on how to explain Mary to non-Catholics.

  • At the foot of the Cross with Leticia Ochoa Adams

    October 26th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 41 secs
    ave explores, ave maria press, catholic, catholicism, faith, grief, katie prejean mcgrady, leticia adams, mary, our lady, suicide, the cross

    Katie visits with Leticia Ochoa Adams, a wife, mom, and speaker from Texas, who shares about grief, hope, and faith following the suicide of her son and how we can look to Mary as mother and comforter during the darkest days.

  • Mary in the life of a priest with Fr. Anthony Sciarappa

    October 22nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 19 secs
    ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, catholicism, clerically speaking, faith, fr. anthony sciarappa, katie prejean mcgrady, mary, our lady

    Katie Prejean McGrady and “Pittsburgh’s Okayest Priest” Fr. Anthony Sciarappa chat about how his devotion to the Blessed Mother grew in the seminary and how we can welcome Mary into our prayer life.

  • Trusting Providence with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    October 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 58 secs
    ave explores, ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, catholicism, faith, katie prejean mcgrady, mary, meg hunter-kilmer, our lady

    Katie chats with Meg Hunter-Kilmer, the "Hobo for Christ," about trusting in God's will.

  • Mary and the Pears with Jeannie Gaffigan

    October 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 2 secs
    ave explores, ave maria press, catholic, catholicism, comedy, faith, jeannie gaffigan, jim gaffigan, katie prejean mcgrady, mary, pears, tumors, when life gives you pears

    Katie talks with Jeannie Gaffigan, director, producer, comedy writer, mom of five, and wife of Jim Gaffigan.

  • Introducing Ave Explores with Katie Prejean McGrady

    October 8th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 21 secs
    ave maria, ave maria press, blessed mother, catholic, catholic publishing, katie prejean, mary, our lady, rosary

    Katie Prejean McGrady, author, speaker, and project manager of Ave Explores, gives an overview of this new initiative from Ave Maria Press and reflects on the role Mary has played in her own life.

  • Ave Explores Teaser Trailer

    September 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 36 secs

    Katie Prejean McGrady introduces Ave Explores, a new project from Ave Maria Press.

    This season, we explore Mary, our Blessed Mother.