Catholic Bytes Podcast offers short, dynamic talks about the faith. The goal of Catholic Bytes is to offer dynamic catechesis for people on the move. Most people do not have time to sit down and study the faith, so these episodes offer an opportunity to learn more about Catholicism or to grow in your relationship with the Lord, in short 5-10 minute sessions.
Episodes offer listeners a variety of themes ranging from faith fundamentals, Scripture, dogma, morals, liturgy, spirituality, saints, and Church history.
Fr. Greg Gerhart is a priest for the Diocese of Austin. Before entering seminary, Fr. Greg graduated from Texas A&M University and worked at The Pines, a Catholic youth camp in East Texas. He is currently studying Moral Theology and Bioethics and is also interested in Liturgy and Social Justice. Fr. Greg enjoys playing sports and is a member of the soccer team at the North American College.
Fr. George Elliott grew up across the United States until he settled in NE Texas in ’99. He is now a priest of the Diocese of Tyler, TX. Having completed a Licentiate in Patristics, the study of the life and thought of the early Christians, he is currently pursuing his Doctorate. He hopes to apply the effective methods of evangelization used in the early Church to modern America. When not studying or doing pastoral work, he enjoys reading, rock climbing, and sailing.
Fr. Mattingly is a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, MO. He grew up in North Florida until the age of 13, when his family moved to Missouri. He entered seminary in 2008 and was ordained a priest in June 2015. He just obtained a Licentiate in Church History at the Lateran University in Rome, and is now located at a parish in his diocese. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and disc golf, as well as learning about and experiencing the treasury of the Catholic Church’s sacred music tradition.
Fr. Nathan Ricci grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and is a priest for the Diocese of Providence. Fr. Ricci received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Providence College in 2012 and was a Smith Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, in 2011. He is currently pursuing a licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In his free time, Fr. Ricci enjoys long distance running, traveling, reading and writing, and is an avid fan of Italian cuisine.
Fr. Daniel is a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney in Australia. He was ordained a priest on June 3, 2016, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Before entering seminary, Daniel studied engineering at the University of Sydney. He enjoys playing soccer, fishing and woodworking. He is currently studying for an advanced degree in Dogmatic Theology at the Angelicum in Rome.
John is a seminarian for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master’s in philosophy from Mundelein Seminary. He is currently living in Rome, studying sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. Before entering seminary, John worked as a web developer specializing in WordPress and search engine optimization. Various bits of code that he’s written continue to run on millions of websites to this day. John runs a recently-launched apologetics Q&A website called Catholic FAQ.
Ashley is a Professor of Crisis Communications & Leadership. She teaches Media Training to secular and Catholic lay organizations, as well as “Media Training for Priests” for various orders, seminaries and communities all over the world. In Rome, she is an Instructor at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce and guest lecturer at the Pontifical North American College (NAC). Ashley is the Rome Correspondent for the Relevant Radio Network and has appeared as a Vatican insider on FOX News, CBS, EWTN, CBN, RAI, and more. She was formerly the English Language Official at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican and the Director of Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation. Ashley received a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from the University of Dayton. She has worked in medical, lifestyle and event marketing for various clients including Universal Pictures, Jaguar, JCPenney, 3Com, Sony, M&M Mars and Kraft Foods. With a Master’s degree in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary, she went on to earn a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where she is currently pursuing her Doctorate.
John is a Professor of Theology, Apologetics, and Art & Architecture. He has a diverse cultural and academic background, through which he enjoys integrating science, culture, art and faith. John holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, and a Master’s in Computer Engineering and Information Systems. He worked for many years in the telecommunications industry with the Technology and Initiatives Group at Verizon Global Telecommunications, before doing another Master’s in Philosophy and Systematic Theology. He is a Wilbur Fellow and is pursuing a PhD in BioMedical Ethics at the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. A former professional tap and ballroom dancer, in his free time John loves to cut a rug with his wife, Ashley. John and Ashley are also experienced walking tour guides of Rome (www.johnandashley.org), who love to bring the rich art, culture, theology and history of the Eternal City to life for visitors. They hosted EWTN’s Vatican Report series Art & Faith in Rome.
Thank you to Bensound.com for the music: Funny Song.