America Media to Launch Weekly “Preach” Podcast on Pentecost May 28
NEW YORK (OSV News) – On Whit Sunday, May 28, America Media will launch a weekly podcast to help Christian preachers grow their craft “and captivate their congregations more effectively,” said a press release announcing the podcast. .
“Preach: The Catholic Homilies Podcast” is one of three America Media projects in New York “that will inspire and empower Catholic priests, deacons, lay liturgical preachers and those in training for ministry to cultivate a preaching compelling in their own ministries,” the statement said.
America Media, run by the Jesuits, is a major provider of Catholic editorial content and America magazine, a national weekly, is its flagship publication.
Hosted by Jesuit Father Ricardo da Silva, “Preach” is funded by a grant to America Media from the Compelling Preaching Initiative, a project of Lilly Endowment Inc.
On November 30, 2022, the Lilly Endowment announced the first 32 grants for the new initiative, which was launched to “help Christian pastors build their capacity to share the gospel more engagingly and effectively.”
“The ultimate goal is to foster and support preaching that better inspires, encourages and guides people to know and love God and live their Christian faith more fully,” the Indianapolis-based endowment said.
“Preach: The Catholic Homilies Podcast” will follow the Catholic Church’s weekly liturgical calendar. In each episode, listeners will meet Catholic preachers, learn about their communities and hear their Sunday homilies, delivered with a podcast audience in mind. In the second half of the show, the preachers will unpack the making of their homilies with Father da Silva to offer “privileged insight into their lives as ministers of the Word of God, to enable all preachers to continue to preach the Good News”.
The episodes will feature a diverse cast of Catholic preachers who will answer the questions “What makes a good Catholic homily?” And what’s in the art of delivering it well? discussing their techniques, approaches to scriptural interpretation, and the spiritual reflection needed to enable great preaching.
“One thing has become clear as our team has developed this podcast over the past few months and spoken with preachers around the world: preaching has little to do with perfect prose and polished delivery,” said said Fr. da Silva, a Jesuit from South Africa living and working in Manhattan, where he is associate editor at America Media and associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish in New York.
“The most compelling homilies are, in fact, those that embrace the vulnerability and radical openness of the one charged with breaking the word of God,” the priest said in a statement.
To listen to the podcast trailer, go to americamagazine.org/preach-podcast-catholic-homilies or listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast apps.
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