The Catholic Feminist

100 EpisodesProduced by Claire Swinarski

The Catholic Feminist is a podcast for strong Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Each week, we interview guests on topics like poverty, missions, abortion, and how to live out your calling as a Catholic while supporting women's rights.

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101: Cultivating Community + Going Through Burnout ft. Megan Stram

April 17th, 2019


When you’re doing intensely emotional work, burnout is common. My dear friend Megan is on the show today to discuss her experience working in social services with young people on the autism spectrum and what a period of …

100: What I've Learned in 100 Episodes

April 10th, 2019


EPISODE 100! In today’s show, I’m sharing five things I’ve learned over the past 100 episodes and what you can expect from the Catholic Feminist …

99: Blooming Where You're Planted ft. Noel Hrnchir and Sara Racicot

April 3rd, 2019


“Fragility makes us strong. You can't be sensitive to other people's needs or aware of what's going on without you unless you have a certain amount of fragility. You have to be able to be moved by the people around …

98: Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice ft. Kathryn Jean Lopez

March 27th, 2019


Political conversations these days tend to get ridiculously heated. How can we speak the truth of the Gospel without becoming a clanging cymbal? …

97: Female Theologians + Making Space for Women ft. Amy O'Connell

March 20th, 2019


Full disclosure: I FREQUENTLY tell people that our show isn’t super heavy on theology. Because it’s not! But today’s guest, Amy O’Connell, has a …

96: Pregnancy/Postpartum Rights in the Workplace ft. Emily Kearney

March 13th, 2019


Being a working mom can have plenty of “bumps” in the road (…see what I did there?) but your postpartum rights shouldn’t be one of them. I absolutely …

95: Listening to the Old Testament and Raising Feminist Daughters ft. Danielle Bean

March 6th, 2019


Today is Ash Wednesday. As we dive into the 40 days before Christ’s death and resurrection, you may have incorporated Bible reading into your Lenten journey. But lets be honest…how many of us try and tiptoe around the …

94: Embracing a Spirit of Solidarity ft. Shannon Evans

February 27th, 2019


As I’ve said on the show many times before, Dorothy Day is a huge inspiration of mine + was one of the catalysts that caused me to start this podcast. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to have Shannon Evans on …

93: Creativity and the Camino ft. Ashlee Cowles

February 20th, 2019


Do you know what it’s like to put your heart + soul into a work of creativity…and be rejected? I sure do—and so does Ashlee Cowles, today’s guest and …

92: Being Biblical Businesswomen ft. Emma Moran & Elise Gallagher

February 13th, 2019


This week on the show, we're speaking with Emma Moran and Elise Gallagher, the founders of the Catholic Women in Business Foundation. We're chatting …

91: Living Out Our Belovedness ft. Sarah Kroger

February 6th, 2019


IT’S SEASON 3! 🎙 We’re BACK with another round of women to inspire you, inform you, + help you lead a more intentional life. Our season 3 premiere guest is no exception. I saw Sarah Kroger leading worship at SEEK and …

Special Episode: Live From SEEK 2019

January 9th, 2019


I had the honor of attending SEEK 2019 and hosted a live show in the middle of the exhibits! I chatted with a FOCUS missionary, a couple of …

90: Embracing Hope as a Pediatric Oncologist ft. Dr. Melissa Mark

December 12th, 2018


Weep with those who weep. St. Paul reminds us in Scripture to participate in the sorrow of others, and today’s guest, Dr. Melissa Mark, is a …

89: Literacy Advocacy and Inspiring Young Girls ft. Shanel Adams

December 5th, 2018


Studies show that reading isn’t just a fun hobby—it makes you more empathetic, increases your intelligence, and opens doors that were previously closed. That’s why today’s guest is such an inspiration to me! Shanel …

88: The Importance of Women in Leadership ft. Elise Italiano

November 28th, 2018


Women don’t need a collar to lead.


That’s just ONE of the wisdom nuggets today’s guest drops. Elise Italiano is the director of the GIVEN …

87: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ft. Lisa Brenninkmeyer

November 21st, 2018


For us Americans, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means turkey, parades, football, (whitewashed stories about pilgrims and Native Americans that …

86: Influencing the Culture Through Media ft. Jessamyn Anderson

November 14th, 2018


Sometimes at the end of the day, I just need to curl up with some Food Network. But is zoning out like that okay, or am I supposed to be, like, reading the Bible and listening to Hillsong? That’s what today’s guest, …

85: Theology of the Body from a Feminist Perspective ft. Christopher West

November 7th, 2018


If we believe that men + women are inherently different, how can we discover the reality about womanhood without falling into harmful stereotypes? …

84: Memento Mori and the Catholic View of Death ft. Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

October 31st, 2018


How did a religious sister convince me to keep a skull on my desk to remind me of death? ☠️


When Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble started keeping a skull …

83: Addiction Recovery and Freedom in Christ ft. Tori Vissat

October 24th, 2018


Our world has one idea of what “freedom” looks like: doing whatever the eff we want. But is that TRULY being free…or just being a slave to our whims and wants? Today’s (returning) podcast guest, Tori Vissat, works in …

82: Healing Our Broken and Blessed Church ft. Fr. Josh Johnson

October 17th, 2018


I never thought I’d talk to a priest about sex scandals, periods, and Taylor Swift, but here we are. 


Today is our first PRIEST INTERVIEW! I’m so excited to be chatting with Father Josh Johnson, a priest in the …

MINISODE: Girl, Arise

October 15th, 2018


Girl, Arise is available for preorder! Tune in here to learn about why I wrote the book, what it's about, and how you can get your hands on it. I ramble a bit. And almost cry. It's fine. 

81: Revolutionary Joy and Growing a Business ft. Jill Simons

October 10th, 2018


“Your life is too short to be this miserable this much of the time.”

That’s what today’s guest’s husband told her + it inspired her to start her own …

80: Pro-Life Activism and Tragedy in Ireland ft. Kate Bryan

October 3rd, 2018


This spring, Ireland voted to appeal the 8th amendment that had been banning abortion. That means one of the last pro-life countries now embraces abortion and while that sounds tragic (it is), I’m so excited to be …

79: Intersectional Feminism ft. Daniela Kopado

September 26th, 2018


Being a woman is a particular experience. Being Mexican-American is a particular experience. But being a Mexican-American woman is its own unique …

78: The Grace of Enough ft. Haley Stewart

September 19th, 2018


When is enough…ENOUGH?

Enough money. Enough time. Enough accomplishments.

It isn’t always easy to know. Today’s guest is a fan favorite repeat: blogger, podcaster, and author Haley Stewart. Haley + I dive deeper into …

77: Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

September 12th, 2018


Surprise! I’m on the other side of the mic with a guest host this week. 🎙 It is a true joy to answer questions for you about things like …

76: Loss and the Power of the Rosary ft. Shannon Wendt

September 5th, 2018


Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt “rosary dread”—that feeling of “noooot again” that happens when someone pulls out their beads. 😂🤦🏿‍♀️ The …

75: Why Pornography is a Feminist Issue ft. Patty Breen

August 29th, 2018


Did you know that porn plays a role in at least HALF of divorces? Or that the average age people are first exposed to porn is 11?! Pornography is …

MINISODE: The Scandalized, Sanctifying Church

August 27th, 2018


In which I said I wasn’t going to do an episode on the Church scandal: ahem. I did. It’s a vulnerable minisode where I share a few things on my mind. …

74: Authentic, Wholehearted Evangelization ft. Sair Del Toro

August 22nd, 2018


It can be hard to find God in the midst of hopelessness. We've all felt that way at one time or another--some of us in the past few weeks. Maybe some of us today. Today's podcast guest, Sair, works with women who are in …

73: The Upside of Social Media ft. Emily Mentock

August 15th, 2018


I think we've all gone through seasons where we want to delete our social media accounts and go live in a hut. That's how I was feeling before this conversation with social media guru Emily Mentock, but after chatting …

72: How to Live Liturgically ft. Lisa Kirk

August 8th, 2018


One of my favorite parts of being Catholic? The endless supply of feast days + holidays. Too bad I usually only realize it the day after it occurred! …

71: Being a Young Catholic Professional ft. Jennifer Baugh

August 1st, 2018


You know what conversation I’m tired of? The are-Catholic-women-allowed-to-work-outside-the-home one. I explain why in today’s conversation with …

70: Managing Your Fertility ft. Bridget Busacker

July 25th, 2018


How well do you feel like you understand your fertility? 🧠👀💪🏼 Today’s podcast guest, Bridget Busacker, is the founder of, a one-stop shop for learning more about your body, your fertility, …

69: Serving the Poor and Consecrated Single Life ft. Sam Vosters

July 18th, 2018


Sam Vosters manages the Riverwest Food Pantry here in Milwaukee. It was such a joy to have her on and talk about all things poverty: how much money is "enough" to give? What does she wish we knew about people living in …

68: Immigration and Welcoming the Stranger ft. Ashley Feasley

July 11th, 2018


Did you know that the Catholic Church is the number one resettler of refugees worldwide?! I sure didn't. But honestly, there's a LOT I don't know …

MINISODE: Crisis at the Border ft. Mitzi Hellmer

July 11th, 2018


Since there’s so much floating around these days about immigration, I decided to dish up a double dose of Catholic feminism today. In addition to our …

67: Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence ft. Jessica Woolbright

July 4th, 2018


In today's episode, we chat with Jessica Woolbright of St. Martha's Hall. When you picture domestic violence, do you picture a big scary dude in a …

66: Trusting God's Path and Living the Faith as a Medical Student ft. Asia Swinarski

June 27th, 2018


Being a Catholic in medical school is weird. Whether it’s being told that having a family is incompatible with the life of a doctor of reading that …

65: Dealing With Criticism, Haters, and Trolls ft. Ana Glaze

June 20th, 2018


Whether you have a vibrant online ministry or you’re just livin’ normal life, every single one of us has encountered criticism. But what’s the …

64: Artists as Apostles of Beauty ft. Fabiola Garza

June 13th, 2018


Maybe you have a semi-crazy dream, like being on Oprah, writing a book, or starting a non-profit that changes the world. But it can seem pretty impossible. I hope this episode gives you the confidence our guest had when …

63: Women and the Priesthood ft. Emily Archer

June 6th, 2018


So...WHY can't women be priests?

After abortion, this is probably the largest reason secular feminists don't think Catholic feminists are in the …

62: Finding Catholic Community and Thriving as a Military Wife ft. Suzanna Hinzman

May 30th, 2018


Can you imagine living on the other side of the world from your family and customs? Or not even being able to talk to your husband on your wedding anniversary? Similar to last week's guest, Suzanna Hinzman is currently …

61: Living Out the Great Commission ft. Tina Augustine

May 23rd, 2018


We all have fears when it comes to evangelization. Imagine going to a country where you don’t even speak the language! That’s the experience of today’s podcast guest, Tina Augustine. Tina helped spearhead the first-ever …

60: Religious Freedom and Making an Impact ft. Helen Alvare

May 16th, 2018


When I launched the podcast, I had a dream of interviewing some of my own personal heroes. I’m so lucky that the Catholic Feminist has afforded me …

59: Juggling Diapers and Disciple-Making ft. Amber O'Hearn

May 9th, 2018


Happy almost Mother’s Day! Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with mama and podcast host Amber O’Hearn all about how we as moms can serve God and live out the Great Commission. Amber and I have a wide-ranging …

58: Launching and Leading Verily Magazine ft. Kara Eschbach

May 2nd, 2018



Today on the show we’re chatting with Kara Eschbach, the co-founder of Verily Magazine. When Kara saw a niche within women’s magazines that wasn’t …

57: Title IX and Victim Advocacy ft. Jenne O'Neill

April 25th, 2018


After our #MeToo episode aired, a representative from the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition reached out to do a follow-up episode. Jenne …

56: The Creighton Model and Advocating for Your Healthcare ft. Hayley Stabo

April 18th, 2018


Advocating for yourself within our modern-day healthcare system isn’t always easy. For many women, PMS symptoms + cramps are treated with a …

55: A Feminist Take on Humanae Vitae and Contraception ft. Mallory Smyth

April 11th, 2018


Let’s be real: the Church has some hard teachings. It’s not afraid to call us to a very high standard in order to make us saints. One of the teachings that’s the hardest for me to swallow? The Church’s teachings on …

54: Avoiding Mommy Martyr Syndrome and Raising Daughters as Feminists ft. Kate Wicker

April 4th, 2018


Hands up if you’ve ever struggled with getting past the idea of “perfect”. Today’s podcast guest, author Kate Wicker, has been there. We chat all about mommy martyr syndrome and the importance of valuing yourself as a …

53: Catholic Entrepreneurship and Finding Balance ft. Michelle Benzinger

March 28th, 2018


Have you ever thought about turning your passion into a business? Today on the podcast, we’re chatting with entrepreneur, speaker, and podcaster Michelle Benzinger. We talk about how she went from working at Nordstrom’s …

52: Honoring the Human Dignity of Our Sisters With Disabilities ft. Lindsey West

March 21st, 2018


Today is World Down Syndrome Day, so having a disability advocate on the podcast seemed perfect. I’m so excited to be chatting with Lindsey West of …

51: Celebrating Birth as a Spiritual Experience ft. Tori Pohl

March 14th, 2018


As an expecting mama, it was such a treat to speak with doula Tori Pohl on making birth a more spiritual experience. Tori walks me through what a …

50: Consent and the #MeToo Movement ft. Simcha Fisher

March 7th, 2018


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed that sexual assault has been shoved into the national spotlight. Whether it’s #MeToo or …

49: Can Men Be Feminists? ft. Levi Rash

February 28th, 2018


One of the most frequently asked questions I get is whether or not I believe men can be feminists. Considering I’ve said many times that Jesus was a …

48: The Other Side of Beauty ft. Leah Darrow

February 21st, 2018


Today on the podcast, I’m chatting with someone many of you are familiar with: former Top Model contestant/current amazing Catholic woman Leah …

47: Radical Faith and Filmmaking ft. Erin Dooley

February 14th, 2018


Ash Wednesday seems like the perfect day to discuss a film that tackles a tricky topic: brokenness. Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Erin …

46: Q & A with Claire Swinarski

February 7th, 2018


IT'S SEASON 2! Today, we're celebrating the return of the show by answering a few questions on how Catholics should discern who to vote for, whether …

Finding Hope Within Human Trafficking ft. Rebekah Lemke

December 13th, 2017


When I was five, the biggest issue I had was that my mom was forcing me to take ballet lessons…and if you know me, you’re probably not surprised to …

44: The Journey of Infertility and Adoption ft. Amanda Teixeira

December 6th, 2017


You know when you have your life planned out, you present it to God, and He whips up something totally different than you had imagined? That’s what happened to today’s podcast guest, Amanda Teixeira. It was great to …

43: Embracing Advent ft. Emily Schaefer

November 29th, 2017


It’s almost Advent! What is the meaning of the season? Are you allowed to put up your Christmas tree pre-Christmas? What is the best version of O Come O Come Emmanuel?! All of these and more will be answered during our …

42: Healing From Postpartum Depression ft. Sarah Norton

November 22nd, 2017


Today we’re chatting with Sarah Norton from Mental: The Podcast all about her journey with postpartum depression. We talked all about her journey with PPD, why she decided to start a podcast about it, and what to do if …

41: Don't be Afraid of the Word "Feminist" ft. Sam Povlock

November 15th, 2017


On today’s podcast we’re chatting with the one and only Sam Povlock of FemCatholic! We talked about why she started her popular blog, why she …

40: Growing Closer to God Through Grief ft. Ashleigh Murtha

November 8th, 2017


Have you ever had to confront God about a seemingly insurmountable tragedy? Today’s podcast guest, graduate student Ashleigh Murtha, is speaking with us about how her faith was shaken after the death of her father. …

Are You a Liberal or Conservative Catholic? ft. Ashley McKinless

November 1st, 2017


Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Ashley McKinless, an editor at America Magazine and the host of the podcast Jesuitical. Ashley and I chat all about how she got started at America and what she thinks about the …

SPECIAL Episode: Catholic Feminist on Jesuitical!

November 1st, 2017


I was honored to be interviewed by Jesuitical, America Magazine's podcast. Enjoy!

38: Race, Politics, and Being an Ally ft. Nnenda Chinda

October 25th, 2017


Today on the podcast we’re speaking with Nnenda Chinda, a recent college grad living in the UK! Nnenda and I connected over Instagram and I knew I …

Therapy, Waiting, and Sharing Yourself Online ft. Christina Dehan Jaloway

October 18th, 2017


Today on the podcast we’ve got Christina Jaloway, aka the Evangelista! I absolutely love Christina’s blog and it was an honor to have her on the …

Why Art and Beauty Matter ft. Dr. Elizabeth Lev

October 11th, 2017


We’re chatting with Dr. Elizabeth Lev on the podcast today! An art historian and all-around lover of all things art, Dr. Lev has a fascinating …

35: Conversions and Comparison ft. Sr. Miriam James Heidland

October 4th, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m so excited to be chatting with Sr. Miriam James Heidland! Sr. Miriam is a sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most …

34: Living Your Faith Within Greek Life ft. Candice Mohapp

September 27th, 2017


Today on the podcast, I’m speaking with Candace Mohapp! Candace was a student I had the honor of working with at Mizzou, and she’s a true example of living your faith within a sorority. Candice was not only the …

33: Race and the Catholic Church ft. Gloria Purvis

September 20th, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m chatting with speaker Gloria Purvis all about what it’s like to be a black woman in the Catholic Church. We have a …

MINISODE: Living Green as a Young Adult

September 13th, 2017


On today's minisode, I chat with Alley Peplinski about her recent attempts to live a greener lifestyle as a young adult in Milwaukee. Enjoy!

32: Rejecting Throwaway Culture and Loving the Earth ft. Haley Stewart

September 13th, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Haley Stewart, the writer behind Carrots for Michaelmas. Haley is one of my favorite bloggers and it was a …

Singleness and Wrestling With God’s Timing ft. Marissa Mullins

September 6th, 2017


Today on the podcast, I got to interview my dear friend Marissa about being single when you know you’re called to marriage. Marissa drops some bomb dot com wisdom nuggets about wrestling with God’s timing and accepting …

What If You Don't "Get Anything" Out of Mass? ft. Kassie Manning

August 30th, 2017


I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode! When I saw Kassie's beautiful Mass journals, Every Sacred Sunday, I fell in love with their gorgeous …

Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and Engaging with Pop Culture ft. Erica Johnson

August 23rd, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Erica Johnson, a writer, photographer, and professional Fangirl. After reading a blogpost on why Catholics …

Living and Thriving on the Sexuality Spectrum ft. Anna Carter

August 16th, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Anna Carter, the co-founder of The Eden Invitation. Anna is a daughter of God who experiences bisexuality …

How Beauty Saves and Alcoholism Destructs ft. Erica Tighe

August 9th, 2017


Today on the podcast, I’m honored to be chatting with Erica Tighe. Erica is the founder of Be A Heart Design, which has worked with clients like Blessed Is She and Leah Darrow. Erica has an amazing story about being …

Theology of the Body and the Pain of Miscarriage ft. Carrie Archual

August 2nd, 2017


Today on the podcast we’re speaking with Carrie Archual of the Theology of the Body Institute! Carrie is speaking with us about TOB and what it says …

MINISODE: 40 Days to a Feminist Faith

August 1st, 2017


This e-retreat is for any woman who feels frustrated. Who feels like there’s no space for her, no room for her, no love for her. Who feels like the …

Embracing Freedom in Your Finances ft. Amanda Teixeira

July 26th, 2017


Jesus tells us not to worry about money, right? And the rich man is supposed to give everything he has to the poor. But how do we balance these true, …

Life With Mother Teresa and Doing Small Things With Great Love ft. Mother Mary Catherine

July 19th, 2017


You all KNOW how much I love St. Teresa of Calcutta. Today, I’m honored to share a conversation with a sister who worked with Mama T for years. Mother Mary Catherine, the founder of the Missionaries of the Word, was a …

Lightening the Load and Clinging to Prayer ft. Elise Crawford

July 12th, 2017


Today, we’re speaking with Elise Crawford. Elise is an entrepreneur, wife-to-be, and all around awesome Catholic woman! We talk about how she decided …

Faith, Feminism, and the Vocation of Marriage ft. Ana Glaze

July 5th, 2017


Is marriage a feminist vocation? Today’s guest certainly thinks so! We’re talking to Ana Glaze, one half of That Catholic Couple on YouTube. She and …

Cultivating a Global Mindset ft. Beth Awalt

June 28th, 2017


Today we’re chatting with Beth Awalt, the co-founder of The Starfish Foundation. Beth shares how a mission trip radically transformed her heart and …

Living Your Faith and Feminism in a Secular Office Setting ft. Terri Meyerhofer

June 21st, 2017


Today we’re chatting with Terri Meyerhofer, a civil engineer, wife, gardener, and my former college roommate. I’ve had plenty of emails requesting …

How Can I Talk About Abortion In a Truthful, Loving Way? ft. Sr. Virginia Joy

June 14th, 2017


When speaking about abortion, things can quickly catapult from a calm, caring conversation to an all-out political war. But it doesn’t have to be …

Ethical Shopping and Embracing Fair Trade ft. Erin Mackey

June 7th, 2017


We’ve all seen the words “ethical trade” on coffee or chocolate, but what does that really mean? Today, we’re chatting with Erin Mackey from Catholic …

What Losing Everything I Own Taught Me About Jesus ft. Kallin Zehren

May 31st, 2017


This year, Tulane senior Kallin Zehren lost everything she had in a house fire. Her and her roommates came home one night to a house ablaze—and it …

Surviving Assault and Offering Radical Forgiveness ft. Rosario Rodriguez

May 24th, 2017


Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Rosario Rodriguez, an inspirational speaker. Rosario has survived two violent assaults—she was attacked by a …

Eschewing Gender Stereotypes and Embracing Complimentarianism ft. Shannon ochoa

May 17th, 2017


We've all been hit with stupid, degrading gender stereotypes before. But we've also heard the secular world insist that there are no differences …

Dating With Dignity In Our Modern Culture ft. Lisa Cotter

May 10th, 2017


Today, I'm speaking with Catholic speaker, writer, and mama Lisa Cotter about how to date with dignity in our modern, messed-up culture. Lisa and I …

Cultivating Catholic Community ft. Jenna Guizar

May 3rd, 2017


This week I’m speaking with Jenna Guizar, the founder of Blessed Is She. If you’re not familiar with BIS, it’s a ministry for Catholic women who are …

Why Being Pro-Life Is Being Pro-Woman ft. Abby Johnson

April 26th, 2017


Today, we speak with former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson about the pro-life movement. We talk about some myths Planned Parenthood perpetuates, how abortion harms women, and some common mistakes …

Healing From Disordered Eating By the Grace of God ft. Megan McDermott

April 19th, 2017


Today, I'm speaking with Megan McDermott, a nursing student from Nebraska, on how she healed from an eating disorder in college with the help of God. …

The Dignity of the Poor and Homeless ft. Yvonne Chamberlain

April 12th, 2017


Helping the poor? It isn’t easy. Understanding homelessness and systematic racism? It’s a lot to unpack. But today, we have Yvonne Chamberlain on the podcast talking about the dignity of the poor and homeless. A former …

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