America Media launches weekly podcast to help improve preaching

Friday, Jun. 02, 2023
By OSV News

NEW YORK — On Pentecost Sunday, May 28, America Media launched a weekly podcast to help Christian preachers develop their craft “and captivate their congregations in more effective ways,” said a news release announcing the podcast.

“Preach: The Catholic Homilies Podcast” is one of three projects from America Media in New York “that will inspire and enable Catholic priests, deacons, lay liturgical preachers and those in training for ministry to cultivate compelling preaching in their own ministries,” the release said.

Jesuit-run America Media is a leading provider of Catholic editorial content and America magazine, a national weekly, is its flagship publication.

Hosted by Jesuit Father Ricardo da Silva, “Preach” is funded by a grant awarded to America Media by the Compelling Preaching Initiative, a project of Lilly Endowment Inc.

On Nov. 30, 2022, the Lilly Endowment announced the first 32 grants in the new initiative, which was begun to “help Christian pastors strengthen their abilities to proclaim the Gospel in more engaging and effective ways.”

“The ultimate aim is to foster and support preaching that better inspires, encourages and guides people to come to know and love God and to live out their Christian faith more fully,” the Indianapolis-based endowment said.

“Preach: The Catholic Homilies Podcast” will follow the Catholic Church’s weekly liturgical calendar. In each episode, listeners will meet Catholic preachers, learn about their communities and hear their Sunday homilies, delivered with a podcast audience in mind. In the second half of the show, preachers will unpack the making of their homilies with Fr. da Silva.

The episodes will feature a diverse cast of Catholic preachers who will answer the questions “What makes a great Catholic homily? And what goes into the art of delivering it well?” by discussing their techniques, approaches to interpreting Scripture and the spiritual reflection necessary to enable great preaching.

Fr. da Silva, a Jesuit from South Africa living and working in Manhattan, serves as associate editor at America Media and associate pastor at the Church of St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit parish in New York.

To listen to the podcast trailer, go to americamagazine.org/preach-podcast-catholic-homilies, or listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast apps.

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