About a month ago Executive Producer, Richard Arena, Board Chairman, Jordan and Jessi Beardslee, and I, Managing Artistic Director Christine Arena, all went on a trip to Italia. There our hope was to grow in fellowship as well as enjoy the beauty that fills the country. It was the Beardslee's first trip to Italy, and nostalgic for the Arena's -- we backpacked through Italy on a graduation trip 4 years prior.
Our itinerary was Florence, Cinque Terre (day trip) and Rome.
It was absolutely spectacular!!!
Before we left the States, we reached out to the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast guys, seeking an opportunity to meet them while we were in Rome. And they said yes!
Background: Do you know about Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast?
If not, you should. They started in January 2010 as a response to Pope Benedict's call to evangelize through the new media. At the time they were seminarians who were enthralled with the knowledge they were gaining from their classes -- cool things about Catholicism, the history of the Church and the people in the Church! As they learned, they thought that everyone should know this stuff!
One fateful road trip, as they listened to a Stuff You Should Know podcast, they thought, "Why don't we start a Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast?"
So, they did!
The result is 7.5 years of thoughtful, funny, honest and inspired podcasts, discussing an incredible array of Catholic topics in an easily digestible form. Part of what makes these podcasts so enjoyable is the relationships you witness as you listen -- all of these men are part of a diocesan group called the Companions of Christ and are friends. As you listen, you feel like you're hanging out with them as they delve into these dialogues.
Go and listen to Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast!
Back to the Story...
When we got to Italy, we finalized our plans to meet up with the Catholic Stuff guys for coffee while in Rome.
Two days before heading home, we wound our way through the Roman streets to a little caffe where a young priest in a Roman collar was sitting. This being Rome, it was not an unusual sight. In fact, we were energized by how many young men and women in religious habits and men in collars we saw all over, all through the city -- even priests in cassocks riding bicycles!