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Zealous without being Zealots w/ Bishop Thomas Daly

In this special interview from the 2023 Duc In Altum Summit, Bishop Thomas Daly shares his path to where he is today as the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education.

Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of University of St. Thomas-Houston, and Bishop Daly, bishop in the Diocese of Spokane, Wash., discuss why Catholic education is crucial for Catholics and the wider world. Bishop Daly describes Catholic school as "essential" in this day and age and shares how Catholics can be "zealous without being zealots."

This interview took place at the Duc In Altum Summit in October 2023 at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative, an association of Catholic schools striving for a faith-centered culture, offers an annual summit for professional development for Catholic school and diocesan leaders.

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A Special Joy and No Sleep w/ Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta

It is always a good time when Fr. Dempsey stops by.

In this episode, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of University of St. Thomas-Houston, talks with Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta, UST Director of the Center Semillero, Tenured Professor of Theology and Miller Chair of Catholic Studies. They discuss Fr. Dempsey's time at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, his newest partnerships, his programs under the Center Semillero and how he does not sleep.

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Excellence Over Mediocrity w/ Kyle Pietrantonio

Catholic schools have the opportunity to be the centerpiece of education, formation and Catholic culture for a community.

In this interview, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of University of St. Thomas-Houston, sits down with Kyle Pietrantonio, Executive Director of the Duc In Altum (DIA) Schools Collaborative. They discuss DIA and its value to Catholic educators, the DIA Summit they are attending, the impact of meaningful Catholic education, and how UST and DIA will work together in the future. They also discuss how Catholic schools are called to excellence and not mediocrity.

This interview took place at the Duc In Altum Summit in October 2023 at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative, an association of Catholic schools striving for a faith-centered culture, offers an annual summit for professional development for Catholic school and diocesan leaders.

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A Basilian Education and a Joyful Spirit w/ Fr. Kevin Storey

Fr. Kevin Storey exudes innate joy and enthusiasm for his vocation, missions and education. Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of University of St. Thomas-Houston had the opportunity to have a conversation with Fr. Storey, Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil.

They talked about Fr. Storey's connections to Houston, Basilian missions abroad and their current presence on the UST campus. Fr. Storey shared his excitement about the faith life of the UST campus community and fervor for upcoming partnerships UST has in store. He also has a humdinger of a vocation story that left both of them laughing about God's timing.

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Coming Home to UST w/ Fr. Eduardo Rivera

This is a profoundly University of St. Thomas-Houston (UST) story! Fr. Eduardo Rivera, CSB, ’14, M.Div. ’20, was a UST student, became a seminarian, was a Parochial Vicar at St. Anne Catholic Community in Houston, and is now the Campus Chaplain for UST.

In this conversation, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of UST, sits down with Fr. Eduardo to welcome him home. Fr. Eduardo talks about discerning his vocation and gives the lay of the land when it comes to entering religious life. He shares about how innovation is key to reaching the diverse student population at UST and why he hopes to interface with as many students as he can. A certified personal trainer, Fr. Eduardo also talks a little bit about what he does for fun.

Fr. Eduardo Rivera comes ‘home’ to University of St. Thomas as Chaplain

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Why Theology is a Big Deal w/ Dr. Tom Harmon

At University of St. Thomas-Houston, a deep understanding of theology and what it means to be human underscores everything - various areas of study and collegiate exploration.

Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of University of St. Thomas-Houston (UST), talks with Dr. Tom Harmon, UST Associate Professor of Theology and Assistant Director of Catholic Studies at UST, about the areas where theology, humanity and innovation connect. A scholar of St. Augustine, Dr. Harmon discusses how theology at UST it meant to ground students and attempts to bring the various disciplines of study together in a cohesive way. He also breaks down the gravity of understanding of what a human is and how it affects society, and he touches on innovation and its main goal of serving humanity. Dr. Harmon also has a funny story about St. Thomas Aquinas and how he might think about Chat GPT.

Dr. Tom Harmon

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From Front Desk to Servant Leader w/ Dr. Brandon Green

Dr. Brandon Green has dedicated his career path to making an impact at University of St. Thomas-Houston. He first began as a UST student working in the Registrar's Office as a front desk assistant, then led the Doctor of Education program as Interim Dean, pioneered an incredible program to help foster care young adults and is now leading the UST IT Department as director.

In this conversation, Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of UST, sits down with Dr. Brandon Green, UST IT Manager, to talk about how Dr. Green plans to give his all for UST and eventually retire from the institution. Dr. Green shares about the groundbreaking project that creates opportunities for young adults in foster care through the CISCO Networking Academy. He also talks about his goals for digitalization on the campus. His description of relationship shows how being innovative in the programs you offer can mean elevating the dignity of the human person through work and a meaningful education.

UST Doctor of Education

CISCO Networking Academy

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How Faith and Science Complement One Another w/ Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D.

Faith and science are always juxtaposed as opposites when, in fact, they complement one another. Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of University of St. Thomas-Houston, talks with Deacon Robert "Bob" Hesse, Ph.D., speaker, scientist, UST professor, Chairman and President of The Contemplative Network, and author of "Faith and Science: A Journal into God's Mystical Love."

They discuss Hesse's book and the forward written by Fr. Robert Spitzer, how Hesse came back to the Catholic Church, the role suffering played in his journey with his wife's bi-polar disorder, and the work and research of The Contemplative Network, an organization that promotes and engages an interfaith contemplative prayer practice and its healing power to advance the whole being.

The Contemplative Network

Deacon Robert "Bob" Hesse, Ph.D.

"Faith and Science: A Journey into God's Mystical Love" by Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D. 

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.

The Great BIG Christmas Show

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas! We are so excited to share this incredible show with you!

This half-hour special is brimming with traditions and on-location vignettes that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how these influencers celebrate Advent and Christmas. We hope this video fills you with the warmth of family, faith, and joy for a more intentional celebration of the season. We feel blessed to be able to share these beautiful Advent/Christmas messages as we prepare for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

The show will be a joyful performance of both original and classic music, poetic compositions, and recipes from Catholic artists, friends, and family. Decorate cookies with the kids in the rustic farm kitchen of former model Leah Darrow and her family. Reflect on the beauty of the Incarnation with James Matthew Wilson, an influential Catholic philosopher and poet who has been featured in countless publications. Make a joyful noise with Fr. Rob Galea and Fr. David Michael as they sing songs to get you into the Christmas spirit. Also, see some Houstonians share their traditions and help you ponder the true meaning of these seasons.

Experience all this and much more while learning the beauty of living the rhythm of the liturgical Year during this heartfelt special.

Meet the Host - Fr. David Michael Moses

Fr. David Michael Moses is a priest in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A quick and avid learner, Fr. David Michael graduated with his Bachelor’s degree at 18, an age when most students graduate from high school. After being accepted into several law schools, Fr. David Michael ultimately felt called to the priesthood and was ordained in 2019 at the young age of 25. He currently serves as the parochial vicar at Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring, TX. He enjoys writing music, and his “Concerts for Life” have collectively raised over $640,000 to assist women in crisis pregnancies. He is also active on social media, with a collective following of over 140,000, where he shares stories from priestly life.

Other Guests

Leah Darrow is the founder of Power Made Perfect, an acclaimed personal development program, where she uses her decades of mindset coaching and experience in creating lasting change to help others find the time and courage to lead lives of true freedom, contribution, and mission with God. A former model on reality TV, Leah experienced a life-changing conversion back to the Catholic faith in 2005. An entrepreneur at heart, Leah has a driving passion to lead and inspire others to embrace Christ’s mercy and has created a beautiful sisterhood of women striving to be a light in the world. A sought-after speaker, Leah has been featured on numerous top podcasts, as well as appearances on Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Daily Wire, The Blaze, EWTN, and The Christian Post.

James Matthew Wilson is the Cullen Foundation Chair of English Literature and the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas Houston. The author of eleven books, including his most recent collection of poems, "The Strangeness of the Good" (Angelico, 2020), Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards for his writings on art and culture, including the Hiett Prize and the Parnassus Prize. Wilson serves also as the poet-in-residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, the editor of Colosseum Books, and the poetry editor of Modern Age magazine.

Deacon Phillip Jackson is the Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. His office is responsible for all aspects associated with the formation of deacon candidates and the ongoing formation and coordination of the Archdiocese's permanent diaconate community, which is the largest in the United States. He is also a deacon at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston.

Steffani Aquila is the Director of Liturgical Life at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. A former youth minister, she is the founder and creator of His Girl Sunday, a popular blog about liturgical living. Her desire is to share how we live the Catholic faith and tradition in our home and with our community. She is an alumna of University of St. Thomas-Houston and has her undergraduate degree in Education and Theology, and a Master's Degree in theology. Over the span of about 12 years I was given unique experiences to teach or minister to every age group between 1st and 12th grade.

Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base, has written songs for World Youth Day 2016 and 2019, and has performed for Pope Francis. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr. Rob has 73,000 subscribers on YouTube where he features many of his songs and homilies. He was a contestant in Australia's 2015 The X Factor and is the the founder and serving director of FRG Ministry.

Jonathan Blevins is a Catholic husband and father of three. He began live streaming his favorite video game, Fortnite, in 2018. He is the founder of the Bearded Blevins Stream Team to take his Twitch channel full time with the mission to build a positive community. He is also the founder and CEO of Little Flower Media Company. He is the first partnered streamer to be sponsored by a university (University of St. Thomas-Houston) and he is in the top 1 percent of streamers with 57,000+ followers on Twitch.

Dr. Richard L. Ludwick is the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas Houston. He received his BA in history from the University of Evansville, an MA in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (New York), a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School, and a Doctor of Education in policy management and organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon (Eugene). He and his wife reside in Houston and are the proud parents of two adult children and four grandchildren.

Darnell Miller is the Creative Director of MAX Studios and is an alumnus (undergraduate and graduate) of University of St. Thomas-Houston.

TRAILER: The Great Big Christmas Show

It's the Advent season and with Christmas right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to get together with some of our favorite people to share their traditions and the holiday spirit! Fr. David Michael Moses hosts the show sharing holiday stories, songs and traditions. We are also joined by special guests including Leah Darrow, Fr. Rob Galea, Jonathan "Bearded" Blevins and others!

The show is set to go live on YouTube on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12 at 7pm CT. Join us for a fun celebration of Advent leading into the Christmas Season as we prepare our hearts for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ!

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