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Pro-Life Series: 4US

This is our third and final episode of our pro-life series. You can check out previous episodes linked below. In the first episode talked about Catholic Mobilizing Network and in the second episode, we highlighted Obria Medical Clinics.

In this final episode, we talked with the founders of 4US – which stands for For Ultra Sound. Kim and Diego Wendt are trying to equip pregnancy centers with the tools, technology and talent to save more lives. Their vision is make abortions rare by choice and their mission is to Illuminate hope for pregnant women in crisis through the power of ultrasound. Learn more about them and this initiative.

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Pro-Life Series: Restorative Justice

Pro-Life Series: Obria Medical Clinics

World's Largest Squirt Gun Fight Raises Money for Ultrasounds at Crisis Pregnancy Center - Catholic Mom

Pro-Life Series: Obria Medical Clinics

We’re finally on to our second episode of our pro-life series. You can check out episode one where we highlighted Catholic Mobilizing Network who works for restorative justice practices.

In this episode, we caught up with Obria Medical Clinics. They provide women and families with compassionate, comprehensive health care from professional medical consultations on tons of things like: well woman care, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, pre-abortion screenings, abortion education, abortion pill reversal, prenatal care, health education and sexual health.

Dawn Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Obria Medical Clinics, and Keyasha Kuykindall, V.P. of Mission Advancement, Brand Marketing & Technologies at Obria, talk about how Obria seeks to give wholistic care to women and families, and why it's important to care for people mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

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Obria Medical Clinics

Obria Locations

Pro-Life Series: Restorative Justice

How do we as a society help someone who has made a bad choice or poor judgement call?

Host Bridget Richardson talks with two advocates for restorative justice, Caitlin Morneau, Director of Restorative Justice with Catholic Mobilizing Network, and Chris Castillo, a murder victim family member and advocate for restorative justice. They work with Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization that works to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice through education, advocacy, and prayer. Bridget asked them about punitive versus restorative practices and how Catholic Mobilizing Network, and all of us, can advocate for restoration for those who have committed crimes.

This is episode one of our three-part series on what it means to be pro-life.

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Chris Castillo's Story | Catholic Mobilizing Network

Journey of Hope

Restorative discipline works to remove racial bias in Houston schools | ABC 13

Death Penalty in Your State Map

Fratelli Tutti | Pope Francis

Larry Swearingen, who claimed science excluded him as killer, is executed by Texas | Washington Post

Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Virginia becomes first state in the South to abolish the death penalty

Virginia’s lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty. Catholic activists helped make it happen.

Respect Life Month Toolkit

What is Restorative Justice

The Good Samaritan Image

Pope Francis has shown the U.S. a new path for ending the death penalty—for good. | America Magazine

Story on Medium

The Miraculous Vaccine

Conversations having to do with the vaccine can feel tense and like a non-starter. With a lack of trust and tons of misinformation, how can people be sure about the vaccine? We decided to look to the experts - in science and faith. First, we talked with Dr. Carl Vartian, Infectious Disease Specialist at HCA Houston Healthcare and we included a PSA from Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders from around the world encouraging people to get vaccinated. We also share what University of St. Thomas-Houston is doing to encourage vaccinations on campus.

As many return to the office, tensions flare between the ‘vaxxed and unvaxxed’

Expect more business mandates, lots of them: Harvard's Neeley on Biden vaccine mandate

What's behind COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Texas | KVUE

Students sue Creighton University over COVID vaccine mandate

Vaccine mandates are coming. Catholics have no moral reason to oppose them.

Urban Dictionary: I’m right, you’re wrong, shut up.

Luke Chapter 6

Pope Francis said he doesn’t understand why people refuse to take Covid-19 vaccines

Afghanistan: Then, Now & Next

In this episode, Bridget talks with Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh, chair of the University of St. Thomas (UST) Department of International Studies & Modern Languages, and Dr. Richard Sindelar, director of the UST Center for International Studies, to better understand the situation in Afghanistan. They discuss the situation in three stages: what happened and why, what will be the perception of the U.S. moving forward and the relationship with China, and the influx of refugees coming to Houston. The guests encourage us to welcome the refugees with openness and love.

Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh
Chair, Department of International Studies & Modern Languages

Dr. Richard Sindelar
Director, Center for International Studies

Chaos, desperation at Kabul airport as Biden defends withdrawal from Afghanistan

Hurricane Ida brought death, destruction, power outages and floods to Louisiana | USA TODAY

Video shows aftermath of 7.2-magnitude Haiti earthquake | CNN

Afghan evacuations gather pace, but crowds remain| Reuters

A Cinematic Afghanistan - DJI Movic Air - Full HD Video

Biden orders release of 9/11 documents

President Xi Jinping talks up plans for a 'green economy' in China | Business News

Houston prepares to welcome Afghan refugees

Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

U.S. faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war | America Magazine

Justice for Immigrants | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


The Parable of the Good Samaritan | Luke 10:29-37

Inspired Influence w/ Haley Stewart

In this episode, Bridget talked with Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots. Haley has a large, dedicated following on social media and is considered a part of the new wave of Catholic social media influencers. She’s witty, an avid reader, a podcaster, a mom of four, a writer, a whiskey distillers' wife and a fellow with the Word on Fire Institute.

Her message of authenticity resonates with her audience as she illustrates how she and her family are trying to live out a faithful life. In this conversation, she shares openly about how seeing how other Catholics live out their faith can help us all think more creatively about our family life and our place in this world.

MAX Studios invited Haley to be a guest speaker for the OSV Innovation Challenge that University of St. Thomas-Houston helped facilitate. See details about that partnership here.

Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots

Carrots for Michaelmas

Haley Stewart: Word on Fire Fellow

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

Social Media Influencers Are Changing The Way Companies Market Their Products | TODAY

Lily s Theater Play

The Rundown | Social Media and Authentic Connection w/ Katie Villarreal

Climate Change: From Oregon to Texas

The whole world is experiencing extreme weather-related disasters. In this episode of The Rundown, Bridget Richardson focuses in on Oregon's most recent heat wave and the freeze that hit Texas in February 2021 through the eyes of Catholic Charities. She talks with Jennifer Masotja, Director of Disaster Services with Catholic Charities Oregon, and Cynthia Colbert, President, CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

They discuss the major population shifts that climate change causes, how it affects the most vulnerable among us and how we're all called to respond. They also take a look at "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical letter on care for our common home.

Catholic Charities Oregon

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Pope Francis: Laudato Si

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Portland Heat Wave

Bootleg Fire in Oregon

The Oregon Eagle Creek Fire | Topic

After the Fire: Part 1 — Eagle Creek Fire Explainer

Scenes From the Deep Freeze in Texas

No surprise: Nuns are taking the lead in putting ‘Laudato Si’’ into action

Dorothy Photo: Insomnia Cured Here - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Unpacking AAPI Hate

Host Eric Diaz sits down with two University of St. Thomas - Houston (UST) professors, Dr. Crystal Tran, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Hans Stockton, dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Global Studies. They discuss the increased reporting and coverage of hate crimes on Asian Americans in the U.S. Dr. Tran breaks down the psychology behind hate and fear of the other. Dr. Stockton describes how it is important to separate the workings of a government from the people.

Both share how UST is trying to open the minds of their students to understand more about diversity and human dignity.

Dr. Crystal Tran
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Hans Stockton
Dean, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Global Studies

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. - Pew Research Center

WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard - World Health Organization

Department of Education Designates UST an Asian-Serving Institution - University of St. Thomas - Houston

BOLD - A Student Perspective on Protests and Racism - University of St. Thomas - Houston

Not only is Houston getting more diverse, but residents' households are, too - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Not Born to Hate – Part 2

A continuation of our Not Born to Hate series, Brianna Amaya, a middle school religion teacher and graduate student, sits down to talk with a her former professor and dear friend, Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, a Theology professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Together they share their experiences of faith, education and discrimination and articulate why it is hope - trust in God's divine will - that will allow us to grow and become the people God is calling us to be. Not Born to Hate is video series that seeks to examine race, racism and culture in America, provide an understanding of how we arrived at our present situation as a society and offer a sense of hope for our collective future.

Watch part 1 of Not Born to Hate here: Ep. 1 Not Born to Hate - Student Panel

Gaming and the Gospel

In this episode of The Rundown, host Bridget Richardson talked with Jonathan “Bearded Blevins,” partnered streamer and Catholic Director of Evangelization at Saint James Parish in Arlington Heights, Ill.

They discuss how Bearded Blevins began streaming part time because of the encouragement of his brother Tyler, or Ninja, who is one of the most famous streamers in the world.

A husband, father and former youth minister, Bearded Blevins shares how he tries to spread the Gospel message in his stream, the importance of positive online and in-person communities and why the new eSports degree at University of St. Thomas can truly change the world.

BeardedBlevins - Twitch 

Super Squares 

eSports at UST 

Bearded Blevins Fortnite Stream Aims to Change the World 

Saint James Parish, Arlington Heights, IL

Living The Stream: ESPN the Magazine 

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