Podcast – Following Francis2019-05-08T10:54:42-04:00

Following Francis is a podcast from the Holy Land Franciscan Friars that offers a new way to connect with your Catholic faith and add Franciscan spirituality to your life. Subscribe for new episodes on the first and third Wednesday of each month, as host Chris Dwyer chats with friars and special guests to:

  • Share Franciscan spirituality, including prayers and reflections for listeners
  • Discuss the tradition, significance, and practice of Catholic holidays and feast days
  • Tell behind-the-scenes stories of Franciscan Friars and their work in the Holy Land
  • And more!

October 16, 2019 - We welcome back Fr. Ben Owusu who is joined by Fr. Charlie Smiech, two Franciscan Friars who live here at the Monastery in Washington, DC. Throughout this episode, Fr. Ben and Fr. Charlie discuss their path to the Franciscan brotherhood, and vocations of all kinds –
October 2, 2019 - We learn that a pilgrim is more than a tourist, and a pilgrimage can expand a person's spirituality in many ways. Fr. Jim Gardiner and Fr. Ben Owusu join host Christopher Dwyer to discuss the spiritual impact of a pilgrimage, the significance behind the journey, and
September 18, 2019 - Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. In episode 9 of Following Francis, Fr. Brian Meldrum provides insight into what spiritual direction is and
September 4, 2019 - Joining us in Episode 8 of Following Francis is Jim Hunter, broadcaster for the Mid Atlantic Sports Network [MASN] as well as the Baltimore Orioles radio play-by-play announcer. Throughout this episode, we will discuss how this broadcaster continues to stay devoted to his faith amidst a
August 21, 2019 - We continue our conversation about faith and religion in the school setting with Emily, Will, and Madalyn, three students attending Catholic universities. All three students also recently completed an internship with Catholic Charities.