Freshly Brewed, Episode 48: Priests, Prophets, and Kings

This week on Freshly Brewed Bill sat down with Daniel Button, a seminarian from the Diocese of Madison! Daniel recently spent time on the east coast while Pope Francis was in America and got to witness the canonization of Saint Junipero Serra as well as attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia! Listen here for some stories from the Pope’s visit and insight into what the World Meeting of Families is and what Daniel learned from it!



Benjamin Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Pope Francis
Pope Francis in Philly!


Saint Junipero Serra

Learn more about the World Meeting of Families 2015

Bishop Robert Barron’s talk at the World Meeting of Families about the Church’s mission


Priests, Prophets, and Kings – A reflection by Bishop Robert Barron

All Saints Day reflection


Freshly Brewed, Episode 47: You’ve Got My Attention

As an Edgewood College graduate, survivor of a traumatic car accident, former Legislative Aid at the Capitol, former member of a rock band, and current FOCUS Team Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jacob Rosemeyer has seen a lot my friends. This week on the podcast we decided to hear his perspective on continuous conversion, community, and our Blessed Mother! Listen to the podcast here for some serious inspiration!

Jacob (in the middle, back row) and his FOCUS team members at UW-Madison!
Jacob (in the middle, back row) and his FOCUS team members at UW-Madison!


12112181_10153808777878706_3479995377441296389_nFOCUS Blog: What the Karate Kid Taught Me About the Rosary – Jen Loser

33 Days to Morning Glory

October – Month of the Holy Rosary with St. Josemaría

How To Pray the Rosary

Worshipping a Hidden God – Luis M. Martinez

Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

Learn more about FOCUS here!

Freshly Brewed, Episode 46 – O Roma Felix

Welcome to this week’s episode of Freshly Brewed. This special edition was filmed in ROME! (To be specific, host Lindsay recorded it with Monica, FB supporter and fan, in the airport at the end of their trip overseas this fall.) During the episode, they recount stories from their trip, tell you about the ordination of Deacon Joe Baker, share about the many perspectives they were blessed to take in of St. Peter’s Basilica, and offer some thoughts on how to maintain perspective in the midst of whatever life brings our way.

Listen to the podcast right here!

Cardinal Dolan’s Homily from the Ordination
… and a photo summary of Lindsay and Monica’s St. Peter’s perspective!

From the top of the Cupola!

St. Peter statue outside of the Basilica.

Lindsay and Monica at the top of St. Peter’s.

(L) Lindsay and Monica with newly ordained Deacon Joseph Baker. (R) Bernini’s Holy Spirit window above the Chair of Peter, where the Deaconate Ordinations took place.

View of St. Peter’s from the Pontifical North American College, where the American seminarians live in Rome.

St. Peter’s at night.

IMG_2923Pope Francis during the September 30th audience in St. Peter’s square. (Photo courtesy of Chris Van Wagner.)

IMG_3172Altar of the Presentation, where St. Pius X is buried; also the location of the Mass where Deacon Joe gave his first homily. (Photo credit also goes to Chris VW on this one!)

* No photos are allowed during the Scavi tour or within St. Peter’s in the Eucharistic Chapel or at the tomb of St. John Paul II. Those were some of the most epic sights in the whole of the St. Peter’s experience; you’ll have to go see those for yourselves someday!

HS Adventure Day 2015

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Two weeks ago a few youth ministers and the Camp Gray SaLT team got the privilege of hanging out with the COOLEST high schoolers in the Diocese of Madison. Teens had the opportunity to spend the day or stay overnight at Camp Gray and experience a multitude of the activitiesIMG_4672 Camp has to offer amidst the pines and the most beautiful community.
The theme of the weekend was courage, which Matthew and Lindsay talked about throughout the day. Matthew discussed how when confronted with an intimidating situation, courage does not necessarily mean having the certainty to be able to overcome this task but rather, courage means having the willingness to fight for the good. Lindsay talked later about how in order to grow in virtue we must practice virtue, and thus talked about ways we can ask for the gift of fortitude from the Holy Spirit and practice courage in our day to day lives! IMG_4668

A few of the adventures included archery, mountain biking, learning some woodland-survival techniques, low-ropes team building, and of course rock climbing! After a morning exploring these various activities we then spent the afternoon participating in the craziest “Bull-Run” (a large-scale scavenger hunt) throughout Camp ending with an epic four-way game of CTF! For those that spent the night, we wrapped up the sun-lit part of the day with a classic pond party at Lake Jake. Participating in the celebration of Mass together was a perfect way to top off the beautiful day! (Of course, we couldn’t go to sleep without the Adventure Day tradition of an outdoor movie screening…so we watched We Bought a Zoo!)



Sunday morning, after a delicious breakfast we went on hike throughout Camp’s woods and prayed a Rosary! We then dove into some sweet teem building activities on the low-ropes course and topped things off with a prayerful solo-hike.

It was an absolute privilege to pray, adventure, and learn with the teens, the Camp Gray SaLT team, Camp Gray staff alumni, and Love Begins Here Core Team alumni! Don’t take our word for it though, watch the summary video below to witness the fun!


Freshly Brewed, Episode 45: You Do You

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It’s that time! The Freshly Brewed hosts got together to record a group podcast and this time we talked about truth! After a little inspiration from some teens in our diocese, Father Robert Barron, and St. Thomas Aquinas, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about objective truth: what it is, how to identify it, and how it affects our relationships! Listen here for some thoughts from Lindsay, Chris, Bill, and Sara!


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Father Robert Barron – Homily on the confrontation of Pilate and Jesus


Freshly Brewed, Episode 44: SaLT of the Earth

“Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear. Keep safe what you received. God the Father sealed you, Christ the Lord strengthened you and sent the Spirit into your hearts as the pledge of what is to come.”

— St. Ambrose

Friends, it really doesn’t get much better than this! The combo of the Holy Spirit and the seven SaLT Missionaries makes for one very blessed conversation! Chris got the opportunity to talk with each member of the year-round Servant Leadership Team who help plan, organize, and lead retreats at Camp Gray throughout the year! In this episode, each missionary discusses one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive in the sacrament of Confirmation and how we can use these gifts to draw closer to the Lord and spread the joy of the Gospel!



The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit