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Host Bridget Richardson has a conversation with documentary filmmakers David and Kathi Peters with Global Story Films. In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, they discuss their film, "St. Patrick: Pilgrimage to Peace" and how St. Patrick can be a model for peacemaking and love.


Global Story Films - Feature-length Documentaries

St. Patrick: Pilgrimage to Peace - Amazon Prime 

University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies

First dates can be tricky and dating culture in the United States leaves people unsatisfied and longing for true connection. Host Bridget Richardson dives into a reflection on dating through the eyes of Kayla Garza, who shares an experience of a blind date gone wrong. Rejoice Counselor Larry Freeney offers some helpful advice to help people have better dates while intentionally seeking someone to enjoy life with for the long haul.


Helpful Links:

Key takeaways on Americans’ views of and experiences with dating and relationships: Pew Research Center

Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis

101 Dating Ideas: University of Florida’s Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Houston Axe Throwing

The Best Cheap and Free Dates in Houston and the Surrounding Area: Houston on the Cheap

3 Times Dating Seemed Intentional But Really Isn’t: Verily 

Rejoice Counseling

Rejoice Counseling: Meet Larry

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

Dr. Daniel Burns, Interim Associate Dean of the Constatin College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor with the Politics Department at University of Dallas, talks with Host Bridget Richardson about politics and the Catholic voice. Dr. Burns discusses how neither of our two parties fits neatly into a Catholic worldview, the difference between the role of the bishops and the laity in partisanship, the abortion issue and active citizenship, the difference between Catholic parishes and Catholic universities and understanding our higher calling as Christians.


Katie Villarreal, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Faustina Catholic Church in Fulshear, joins host Bridget Richardson to discuss social media and how we can use it as a tool for evangelization. They discuss true discipleship and how one’s social media presence can help, or hurt, the Catholic Christian mission in a digital space. Katie shares about our ultimate allegiance in Christ and being aware of what’s going on in the culture while recognizing we are made in the image of God.


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“Social media and the universal call to communion” Texas Catholic Herald

St. Faustina Catholic Church

“Sollicitudo Rei Socialis” (1987) St. John Paul II

Welcome to the first episode of Agape & Eros, the show about romance, relationships and religion. Today's topic is "How We First Met." Three of our MAX Studios contributors, Nicole Labadie, Max Linnville and Alex Yemeck, will share the story of how they each met their spouse. We'll also have some great commentary and advice about relationship identity from Larry Freeney with Rejoice Counseling.

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When Matthew McConaughey published his book, "Greenlights," UST Ed.D Alumna, Tammy Smithers, was surprised to find herself within its pages. The lesson learned: be yourself because you never know who is watching and what impact it may have on them. Guest host Bridget Richardson discusses with Tammy how, by being herself, Smithers has had a life of firsts, growth and opportunities and has chosen to make it a life of service.

Tammy Smithers graduated in May 2020 with a Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education and Human Services at University of St. Thomas-Houston. She teaches a course on diversity/equity and leadership at UST. She is also a visiting scholar at Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice at Rutgers University. She also joined Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC as an Executive Consultant specializing in social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion/belongingness.

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UST School of Education and Human Services
UST Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice at Rutgers University

Whiteness and Privilege: Lifting the Veil on Systemic Racism

Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC

The Weaponry of Whiteness, Entitlement, and Privilege by Tammy E. Smithers and Doug Franklin

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

PR graduate seeks scholarship for social change: University of Texas at Austin

Fr. Eduardo Rivera, CSB, parochial vicar at St. Anne Catholic Community in Houston, joins Bridget Richardson to discuss Advent 2020. Is it possible to wait in joyful hope during 2020? They reflect on the Advent season and how we can be fully present and joyful while waiting for the coming of Christmas. Fr. Eduardo talks about waiting for the peace of Christ, celebrating Mary during this Advent season and finding meaning beyond the superficial.
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Dr. Beverly Barrett was recently featured on Univision Dallas talking about trade between Mexico and the U.S. during the pandemic and how it impacts us. She and Bridget Richardson discuss Texas as a leader in exports, commerce as opportunity and how companies can be innovative through renewable energy for the common good.


Beverly Barrett, PhD
Assistant Professor of International Economics Cameron School of Business

University of St. Thomas-Houston Univision Dallas – on trade between Mexico and US during pandemic

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Nesti Center for Faith & Culture

“Trade for Texas: Strength in North America” Cameron Blog: Dr. Beverly Barrett

“A Call for Institutional Entrepreneurship” The Bretton Woods Committee: Dr. Beverly Barrett

Duke Energy

Sharon Zachary, MA, CEO of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM), and Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services, join Bridget Richardson to discuss the recent CNN story about evictions in Houston. They discuss the difference between homelessness prevention and homeless services, the range of need, and new intervention methods for individuals and families facing eviction.

Helpful Links:
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture
SEARCH Homeless Services
Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM)
CNN: Heartbreaking eviction brings mover to tears
ABC: Evicted dad from viral video near tears, but for a different reason

Emma Tacke, Associate Director of Community Engagement with Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) in Washington D.C., joins Bridget Richardson to discuss how federal executions have resumed in the U.S. They discuss CMN’s mission, the importance of understanding what the Church teaches about the death penalty and an upcoming conference on restorative justice in October.


Helpful Links:
Emma Tacke,
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture
Catholic Mobilizing Network
USCCB on Death Penalty & Capital Punishment

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