Freshly Brewed, Episode 81: Chompin’ At the Bit


Summer is here and we are chompin’ at the bit (aka super excited) for what is to come! We’ve arrived at the end of our second season but we’re here with a great finale! In this episode, all four hosts discuss highlights and memories from the year of podcasting and share tips on how to make the most of your summer! Follow the link below for some fun inspiration and be on the lookout for our special summer episodes straight from Camp Gray and the mission field of Love Begins Here! We are already looking forward to next season, see you soon!

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Our Favorite Episodes:

Damon Owens Episode

Dr. Carolyn Woo Episode

Star Wars Episode

Frassati Fest Episode

Matt Faley Episode

Top Episodes:

  1. Love and Responsibility
  2. Love Has a Name
  3. For Bonding and Babies
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For your reference: an Overhead Projector

Freshly Brewed, Episode 80: A Beacon of Light

10256621_10153333769907975_2293078792400912984_o (1).jpgHappy Thursday indeed! We are stoked to have the one and only Meghan Bonham on the pod with us this week! Meghan has been a long time camper and counselor at Camp Gray as well as both a missionary and now Core Team member on Love Begins Here! In this pod Meghan shares a little about her experience transitioning from high school to college and how she kept growing in her relationship with God by sharing her faith with peers and friends at UW-Madison! Follow the link below for some tips on how to remain faithful and passionate about spreading the light of Christ to those around you!

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7 Tips for Surviving Your First Week of College (Without Losing Your Faith!)


Freshly Brewed, Episode 79: Why Catholicism?


Friends! We are STOKED to introduce this week’s podcast guest, Father Eric! In this episode Father explains where the Catholic faith came from, why we believe the Catholic Church contains the fullness of the Truth and why we need the Church! It’s a power-packed pod that’ll rock your world so if you’re looking for some serious inspiration and a deeper understanding of why we believe what we believe in the Catholic Church, follow the link below!

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Because God Is Real – Peter J. Kreeft

Christ the King Lord of History – Anne W. Carroll

Saint Cecilia

Saint Agnes

Freshly Brewed, Episode 78: The Goal

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Howdy y’all and happy Thursday! This week Lindsay and Sara break it down on the pod and talk about how to orient our hearts and our actions towards Heaven! As Jeff Hoeben said in Episode 74, “Sometimes we are called to talk about things we ourselves need to hear!” As we talked about these things we definitely realized we needed this reminder! We hope it also encourages you today as we remind ourselves of why we do the things we do!

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The Morning Offering


Elisabeth Leseur

Freshly Brewed, Episode 77: Hip-Hop Is What You’re Hearing


This week we’ve got an epic guest on the pod, Mr. Ryan McGrath! As a former Camp Gray camper and staff member and current member of The Ryan McGrath Band, Ryan brings a lot of energy, creativity and of course musical genius to this special episode. Ryan and Chris talk about about Ryan’s journey into the professional music business and how he lives out his faith in his work and daily life. Follow the link below for some laughs, good music and timeless musings.

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Tom’s 75th birthday song

The Ryan McGrath Band: Facebook Page / Website

The Ryan McGrath Band opening for Jennifer Hudson, live in Pheonix! 

Ryan’s guitar “Kitty”

Chitlins Con Carne

Priests’ Cassocks

True to Your Heart – 98°


Camp Gray Music CD

What’s Under Topher’s Hat



Freshly Brewed, Episode 74: Pep Talk


We’re on your team, be on our team! This week’s episode features Jeff Hoeben, Co-Director of Camp Gray Catholic Summer Camp! Having learned a powerful lesson from Brad Montague, creator of Kid President, at the Mid States Camp Conference this past weekend, Jeff shares some thoughts with Chris about spreading the joy of Christ and becoming more childlike. “We were made to be awesome, let’s get out there!” – Kid President

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Gospel Reading: April 13, 2016

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome

Our “Live” Podcast: Around the Horn

Freshly Brewed, Episode 73: Becoming Apostles of Charity

10458043_709162715817954_6728694402426936138_n.jpgHappy Thursday friends! You are definitely going to want to check out this episode of Freshly Brewed as Lindsay sits down with Gayle Westfahl, Member Services Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul’s in Madison! One of the great things Gayle is a part of within SVdP is coordinating the SVdP High School Youth Council! With this position comes great insight into the role service plays in deepening our relationship with Christ as well as helping others encounter Christ’s love! Follow the link below to hear what inspired Gayle’s life of service and learn more about how to get involved in your local community!

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Madison SVdP YSC Backpacking for Teen Homelessness

More about St. Vincent de Paul in Madison

St. Vincent de Paul’s Facebook Page

Jeremy Camp

Freshly Brewed, Episode 68: Down to Earth


Friends! We are so pumped to introduce an epic parishioner from Monroe, WI, Faby! In this episode Faby talks with Bill about her journey from Mexico to Wisconsin, how she found peace in the universal Church, striving for holiness in everyday life, and beautiful Holy Week traditions! Follow the link below for some words of wisdom and inspiration!

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A brief History of the Pieta – Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast


Opus Dei 

The Mystery of Saint Joseph – Marie-Dominique Philippe






Freshly Brewed, Episode 67: Beauty Will Save the World

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In light of the new movie premiere of The Young Messiah, we thought we would get together with Shawn Willox, a youth minister from the Diocese of Madison and also a connoisseur of Jesus movies! Through his background in religious studies, philosophy, and theology in art, Shawn has developed a really beautiful perspective on the power that good media and beautiful art can have on a viewer’s relationship with God and the world around them. In this pod Shawn discusses how we can go from being passive consumers to discerning viewers of media!

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The THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & MEDIA LITERACY blog of Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, media nun

The Young Messiah Movie Review

Good or Bad Media? 5 Ways to Tell 

#GoodGod #BadMedia – Father Mike Schmitz


Freshly Brewed, Episode 66: How to Have a Heart-to-Heart


Friends this episode of Freshly Brewed could not have come at a more perfect time! A few weeks after an epic weekend at Frassati Fest and a couple weeks into Lent, Doug and Lindsay talk through the steps of how to pray! Inspired by a book called Prayer Primer, the two discuss how to spend time in prayer and how these steps help us build a relationship with Jesus!



7 steps of prayer:

  1. Pick a time and place
    • We cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times. CCC 2697
  2. Remember the presence of the person you are spending time with.
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  3. Transition your attention from the world to prayer by focusing on a simple line or two such as:
    • Come, Holy Spirit.
    • Come, Lord Jesus.
    • God, come to my assistance. Oh Lord, make haste to help me. 
    • Glory be…
    • Our Father…
    • Hail, Mary…
  4. Input: Read something that teaches you about who Jesus is, the lives of the saints, etc.
    • Sacred Scripture – Gospels/Letters of Saint Paul
    • Imitation of Christ, Thomas Dubay, Father Jacques Philippe
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  5. Apply these readings to your life, ponder, draw conclusions, and remember that you are talking about this with Jesus Himself. Be real with Jesus!
    • “My daughter…why do you not tell me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details? Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy. I answered, But You know about everything, Lord.” And Jesus replied to me, “Yes I do know; but you should not excuse yourself with the fact that I know, but with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for my ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.”                                                                                                                                   -St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
  6. Make a resolution.
    • “To reform. Every day a little. This has to be your constant task if you really want to become a saint.” 
      ― Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
  7. Give Thanks!
    • Let us thank God for His priceless gift!
      – St. Paul


Further resources on prayer:

Podcasts by Father Mike Schmitz!

FOCUS blog: How to Pray

Prayer Primer by Fr. Thomas Dubay *this is the book that inspired Doug’s advice on the pod!

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.

Interior Freedom by Jacque Philippe

Time for God by Jacque Philippe

Meditation and Contemplation by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV