All About Deacons

Deacon Tom Fox sits down with Deacon Mike Portele to give the whats, whys and hows of the diaconate!

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

Catholics on Vacation

The summer season often finds kids (and sometimes adults) languishing in front of screens all day, but it doesn’t have to! Help your family grow in faith while having fun with these great tips from Richard Reyna and Rob & Camille DiMaio.

Create a passport with credits for visiting places named after Mary, Joseph, and other saints, performing an act of service, or performing a play with faith or morals at the center.

Create a roadtrip mix with favorite Catholic radio shows, books and pocasts for those long drives to the beach or relatives in other cities.

Research the namesakes of out-of-town parishes and talk about them before mass with your kids.

…and much more!


Believing that You Are Wonderfully Made

Noelle Garcia was born in Texas, but has lived in Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, and now Dodge City, Kansas! She has been speaking to youth and adults for over ten years. Her primary mission is to teach through her own testimony, that we are all “wonderfully made” in God’s image. Noelle has been featured in CNN’s Latino in America and EWTN’s Life on the Rock as she shared her witness of God’s love through the midst of her struggle with depression and poor self-image and how that encounter with Christ radically changed her life.

Noelle uses music, story, witness, and prayer to spread the Gospel. Her ministry is lived through her vocation as wife and mother to three (and one on the way!) beautiful children. Her husband, David, often travels with her as fellow musician and speaker.

This interview was in preparation for Noelle’s appearance at the 2015 San Antonio Catholic Women’s Conference.

Prayer 101

Sometimes it’s important to go back to the basics. This week, Mary Jane and Deacon Tom sit down with Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, to talk about the fundamentals of prayer!

Adding Virtue to Your Life

If you’re reading this page, chances are you already try to live a virtuous life. But how can you live a more virtuous life when you’re out of new ideas?

Yet there’s always more to learn! Greg Camacho hosted Gloria Zapiain to discuss the virtues and how to get more of them.


The Land Sanctified By Jesus

Christianity uniquely claims that God purposefully entered into human history, not being contained to legend, but walking, talking, and eating among us in the cities of Palestine.

We can visit these cities and walk in the footsteps of Jesus. After returning from leading back-to-back pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Mary Jane Fox talks with three phone guests from past PCH pilgrimages about their experiences.

Real Spirituality in the Real World

Do you ever feel like you could be more spiritual if it weren’t for the daily struggles of life?

This week, Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, sat down with Miles and Misela Gonzalez Vandewalle to talk about how our spiritual life and ordinary life are not opposed, but in fact, two sides of the same coin!

Seeking Foster Homes in San Antonio

We sat down with Beth Green, Director of Development for St. PJ’s Children’s Home in San Antonio.

St. Peter-St. Joseph provides a supportive environment for children in need of emergency shelter, and they’re looking for new foster parents!  Take a listen to this episode and learn more about the need in our San Antonio community for foster homes.

St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home
919 Mission Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 533-1203

The Laity & the New Evangelization

In her book Forming Intentional Disciples, author Sherry Weddell cites a Pew Research study saying that only 30% of American Catholics are currently practicing their faith.

It’s likely that you know someone in your family, friends or other circles, who has drifted away or consciously broken with the Catholic faith. Especially when the person is close to us, we often want to help ignite in them a new sense of the beauty, meaning and peace of our relationship with God and the Church.

This speaks directly to the call for a New Evangelization: the call to re-evangelize people and culture who may belong to the church via baptism, but have not been exposed to the Gospel in the robust life of the Church.

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, sat down with Dan Duet to talk about what lay Catholics can do to evangelize in the modern world.

Mary Knows the Way

Why do Catholics make such a big deal out of Mary if she’s only mentioned in the Bible a few times?

It may seem like Mary only appears in the Bible a handful of times, but if you go looking for her, you may be surprised to see her all throughout scripture!

But first, there is need to understand how Christians have historically read the Bible, particularly the practical of typology, which in Christian theology is the practice of seeing predictive events, persons or statements in the Old Testament that would be fulfilled in the New Testament.

St. Paul gives us an example when he calls Adam a type of Christ: “But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come,” (Rom. 5:14). Just as sin and death entered into humanity through Adam, so grace and life restored humanity through Christ.

The early Christians also saw a parallel between Eve and Mary. The Church Father, St. Iranaeus (d. 202), explains, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. The knot of which the virgin Eve tied by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary opened by her belief.”

Want to learn more?

Mary Jane and Deacon Tom Fox discussed Mary – her life, her love for Jesus, and her role in the Church.

Related resource:

Mary Undoer of Knots Website