Talking Catholic

Talking Catholic hosts interview Catholic leaders about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities.

Hosted ByMike, Marianela, Mary and Kari

Each week the Talking Catholic hosts Mary McCusker, Marianela Nunez, Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh interview Catholic leaders about what brought them to where they are now and how they are bringing the faith to their communities. Check it out on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, Alexa, Stitcher, SoundCloud and anywhere podcasts can be found!

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Intro and outro music provided by A.J. Mee.

About the Hosts

Mary McCusker

Marinaela Nunez

Kari Janisse

Kari graduated from Rowan University in 2004 with a degree in Graphic Design. After a few years of designing, she felt called to change careers and began working as a Youth Minister in the Camden Diocese in 2008. She has been the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown for over ten years. Throughout the last decade, Kari has spoken to thousands of youth & young adults on many topics of the faith. Kari also runs an entertainment business where she performs as a stilt-walker, balloon artist and face painter. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Phil, for twelve years and she is a proud mom of her two year old son, JohnPaul! Her deepest passion is sharing the Catholic faith with others and touching the hearts and lives of the young Church!

Mike Walsh

Mike is the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Camden and the Associate Publisher of the Catholic Star Herald newspaper. He joined the diocese in the fall of 2015. An avid photographer, Mike worked as a newspaper and medical publication reporter and a high school English and History teacher before switching to public relations for non-profits and law firms. A devoted podcast listener, he started the Talking Catholic as a weekly show with co-host Pete Sanchez in the winter of 2016.

All Episodes

Social Distancing — The Coronavirus special

Like the rest of the world, our podcast isn’t immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But, also like the rest of the world, we will soldier on...

Charity & food insecurity

It’s #NationalNutritionMonth, and the 7th annual Diocese of Camden FaithFull Food Drive is less than a week away! This couldn’t have been a better time to hear from our guests,...

Paul J. Kim

We have a very special guest joining us this week, acclaimed Catholic speaker and musician Paul J. Kim. He is one of the most sought-after Catholic youth & young...

Lent with Fr. John Rossi

Lent is upon us, so this week we invited with Fr. John Rossi, administrator of Saint Bridget University Parish in Glassboro, NJ, on to the show. Fr. Rossi chats...

Cindy LeBron

If there’s anyone who can speak about the harsh (and surprising) reality of homelessness in Southern New Jersey, it’s our guest this week: Cynthia Lebron, Housing Stability Director at...

Catholic Schools Legislative Advocacy

This week we’re talking Catholic Schools legislative advocacy with the Diocese of Camden’s Dr. Bill Watson, Superintendent of Schools and Sr. Rose Difluri, Assistant Superintendent, who chat about how state funds affect nonpublic...

Stockton University Catholic Campus Ministry

This week we sit down with members of Stockton University’s Catholic Campus Ministry – director Alison Filion, student president Dom Villanueva, and student secretary Catherine Cendana. Our hosts Kari...

Rod Herrera – Child & Youth Protection

Returning for a follow-up chat (a mere 150 episodes after his first visit) is Rod Herrera, director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection for the Diocese of...

Catholic Schools Week 2020

It’s Catholic Schools Week across the country and for today’s show we lined up six of our great New Jersey elementary school principles including:– Alice Malloy from Our Lady...