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

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...

March for Life 2020

In anticipation for the March for Life on January 24, Kari Janisse and Mike Walsh sit down with Youth Minister Kim Pesotski from St. Mary Mount Carmel Parish (MMC),...

Andy Zmuda

This week, Mary McCusker and Mike Walsh recorded the first podcast of 2020 with a guest who is an expert in many fields, including avoiding any kind of spotlight...

Meet the Talking Catholic YouTube Channel Hosts!

Happy New Year, listeners! For the last few months Talking Catholic has been working on a new project, a YouTube series of spiritually focused shows. It began in the...

Hostful 2019 – Mary, Marianela, Kari & Mike

Merry Christmas, listeners! As per tradition, we’re doing a hosts-only edition of the podcast this year, but since Mike Walsh now has three new co-hosts, it’s also a great...

The Rock, a Catholic public school club

A Catholic club in a public school? It does exist! Monroe Township (Williamstown) public school district is home to +HE ROCK clubs. Better known as “a faith based club”...