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Around the Halo: Ep 7

We're on to episode 7 of Around the Halo! Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media; Darnell Miller, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston; Joel Stephanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Jared Zimmerer, Senior Director of Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Institute and father of six.

Topics
1:35 Introductions
5:06 The Masters
10:04 Easter Crowds
17:34 Buy or Sell: Coffee Snobbery
22:53 Buy or Sell: Phone Does All
30:44 How should we handle celebrity death?
41:32 Buy or Sell: Peeps
44:38 Favorite Part of Triduum
52:18 Tiebreaker!
53:23 A Winner is Named
55:03 Special Sneak Peek

Around the Halo: Ep 3

It's our third episode of Around the Halo! Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Matthew Marcolini of Little Flower Media; Darnell Miller, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston; Joel Stepanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Bobby Angel, Pope St. Paul VI Fellow of Marriage and Family Life at the Word on Fire Institute, a speaker, author, father of four.

Topics
10:45 Introductions
14:09 Super Bowl Halftime Show
18:53 The Metaverse: Why should we care
29:49 We don't talk about Bruno
39:01 Indian court bans religious clothing
50:10 Game or sport with the greatest world impact
56:35 Does Apple promote discrimination
01:07:45 Is reality TV redeemable
01:22:04 A Winner is Named

Life Lessons From Trappists Monks

Today we are talking about the religious, brothers and sisters who have devoted their life to the service of God, and how our relationships with them - understanding their unique, intimate relationship with Christ - can help us lay people better invite Christ into our own lives.

First, Darnell shares a story about Sr. Maura, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, who's super power lies in a wink. He tells us how she fundamentally changed his relationship with God.

Then August Turak, author of "Business Secrets of the Trappists Monks," tells us about his own experience as a frequent monastic guest at Mepkin Abbey. He explains how the lessons he learned through their simple lifestyle have helped him become a successful entrepreneur and leader.

Learn more about August Turak

Learn more about Mepkin Abbey

Mercy, Mercy Hallelujah!

Mercy! What is there to say about mercy? We all need it! And God gives it in abundance! We just need to accept it! In this episode of Protagonists of Change, we talk about mercy in our lives.

First, Darnell shares a story from college where, despite being the cause of his own problems, he is shown radical mercy and forgiveness.

Then Nicole Labadie, Director of Campus Ministry at UST Houston, speaks to an actual Pope Francis appointed Missionary of Mercy, Fr. Jim Sichko, author of “60 Minutes for Jesus.” They talk about his work as a Missionary of Mercy, travel, ministry, grace and what it means to offer mercy.

Finally, in “Who’s That Saint?” Fr. Jim does something a little different. You know at the end of the Litany of Saints in Mass when the priest says “All you holy men and women of God”? Yeah that’s who he is talking about!

Learn more about Fr. Jim Sichko. 

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The Joy-Filled World of Dude Perfect

If you have spent anytime on the internet in the last few years you have almost definitely seen a video by Dude Perfect! The group has spent years mastering the impossible, draining world-record breaking trick shots and entertaining the world in the process.

In this episode Bridget and Darnell talk about Dude Perfect, their contagious joy, and how seeking joy while serving God can lead to some unexpected results!

Dude Perfect

How I Built This: Dude Perfect

Darnell Miller ’10, MLA ‘15

Darnell Miller ’10, MLA ‘15

Darnell Miller is a writer, photographer and videographer who loves storytelling in all forms. He is a UST alumnus who is passionate about education and study abroad.

The Musical World of Hamilton Loomis

This is Hamilton Loomis. Hamilton is Galveston-born, world-touring blues, rock and soul musician. He is a UST Alumnus and is also a protege of the musical legend, Bo Diddley! But, most importantly, he is a family man.

In this episode of BOLD, Hamilton talks about life as touring musician. He shares stories of his education, both collegiate and musical, and talks about how music and travel opened his mind. Finally he talks about the challenges of balancing a family and music.

Hamilton Loomis

Hamilton Loomis @ Ziggo Live Amsterdam - Partner In Crime

Hamilton Loomis LIVE online streaming show #6, 8-15-20

UST Music Department

Get You a Praying Momma!

A momma's prayer is a powerful prayer! In this episode of Protagonists of Change we explore the prayer of mothers, see the fruit that was bared and learn from their example.

First Darnell shares why his mother's bad storytelling might be a strength in her prayer life.

Then we speak to Jim Coleman, an actor and lead of St. Luke Productions show "Tolton: From Slave to Priest" to learn about his background as an actor and the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American ordained to the priesthood. We learn about the fruits of of Fr. Tolton's life and his legacy in the church today. And guess what, both Jim and Fr. Tolton have strong praying mommas!

Finally we learn about the life of St. Monica, a momma who prayed so hard it led to the conversion of one of the most important Catholic Theologians in the Church, St. Augustine of Hippo!

Learn More about St. Luke Productions: https://www.stlukeproductions.com/.

Transformative Self-Awareness

Today we are talking about self awareness and how that is the first step in our growth, in life and in faith.

In part 1, Darnell shares how his wife helps him to live out Proverbs 27, you know the verse, as iron sharpens iron.

In part 2, we have a special interview: Bridget Richardson, a producer at MAX Studios has a follow up conversation with Leah Darrow, former supermodel turned catholic speaker, who was a guest on another of our podcasts, Agape and Eros, if you haven’t heard it check it out. They dive in deep and discuss the importance of self awareness in dating, life and faith.

Check out the episode of Agape and Eros featuring Leah Darrow here.

Art, Icons and Spirituality

In this episode of BOLD, Al Saulso, UST alumnus and artist, shares his story. He talks about how he got into art, making a living as an artist and his introduction to writing icons. He also dives into the philosophy and spirituality of writing icons and gives all those who are interested in Iconography a gentle prod to start digging in.

The Glassell School of Art

Al Saulso

Rediscovering Catholic Innovation

In this special video episode of Protagonists of Change, Darnell Miller, a producer at MAX Studios, had the opportunity to sit down with Jason Shanks, President of the OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation, to talk about the Catholic Church's history of innovation. They discuss the legacy of Our Sunday Visitor, which has been published for more than 100 years and they discuss the OSV challenge, an innovation challenge and accelerator that challenges today's faithful to meet the needs of an ever-changing church.

Learn more about the OSV challenge here.

UST Named Educational Partner in Our Sunday Visitor Institute’s 2021 Catholic Innovation Challenge

Our Sunday Visitor

Jason Shanks

OSV Institute

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