Divine Renovation Podcast

Divine Renovation Podcast

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The Divine Renovation Podcast explores the questi…
The Word… Among Us with Jeff Smith
Apr 16 • 42 min
What’s the good word? This week on the podcast we speak with Jeff Smith, President of The Word Among Us. We’ve worked with WAU on our last two books but the connection with Divine Renovation is so much deeper. Father James shares the impact The Word Among…
Book Clubs and Christ
Apr 9 • 36 min
Put your books away and tune in because this week it’s all about the written word. This week on the podcast, Dan O’Rourke, Father James Mallon and Ron Huntley pick up The Good Book… and then a few others. The team talks about how we can use books to…
Alpha For Challenging Times w/Josh Danis
Apr 2 • 38 min
This week on the podcast, Dan O’Rourke, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner are joined by the National Director for Catholic Context at Alpha USA, Josh Dannis, Josh joins us to discuss the ways Alpha is being used in the USA and beyond to bring people to Jesus…
Leaning into Scripture w/The Divine Renovation Team
Mar 26 • 32 min
This week on the podcast Dan O’Rourke is joined by Rob McDowell and Mike Tanner as they lean into the role of scripture in our everyday lives. The team discusses both traditional and modern means of engaging with the Bible and the reasons people can have…
Freedom from Sin w/ Roxana Kreklo
Mar 19 • 46 min
This week we’re joined by Roxana Kreklo, National Director of Alpha for Prisons. Ron Huntley, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner sit down to talk with Roxana as she shares the story of how she came to offer Alpha in prisons. Roxana describes the incredible…
From A to Z: How Alpha Drives Church Culture
Mar 12 • 33 min
This week Ron Huntley, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner discuss the ins and outs of Alpha. We discuss the difference Alpha makes for both the churched and un-churched, why even “really good Catholics” can benefit from Alpha and why Alpha as a course is ok…
From Street to Seat w/ Melanie Smollen
Mar 5 • 43 min
This week on the podcast it’s all about feedback. Dan, Ron, and Fr James speak with Melanie Smollen of Faith Perceptions, an organization that provides “mystery guests” for parishes. Imagine what 10,000 mystery guests would have to say about churches in…
Ready for Company w/ Divine Renovation Team
Feb 26 • 31 min
Go where absolutely no one knows your name. This week on the podcast the Divine Renovation Team sit down to talk about church hospitality. How to welcome new faces without ignoring familiar ones, how “church” language can create a barrier to entry, and…
Social Media Missionary w/ Mike Tanner
Feb 19 • 50 min
This week on the podcast we get a little social. We’re joined by Mike Tanner, Communications and Digital Marketing Specialist for Divine Renovation. We dig into how parishes can use digital marketing as a means to move forward in mission. We also talk…
Meeting People Where They Are w/Darlene Bonang
Feb 12 • 57 min
This week on the podcast we speak with Darlene Bonang, Office Administrator at Saint Benedict Parish about what it means to work within an invitational parish. Darlene challenges our understanding of what she does as ministry and speaks about recognizing…
Do Simple Things Well w/Bishop Thomas Dowd
Feb 5 • 65 min
This week we’re joined on the podcast by Montreal’s tweeting Bishop, Bishop Thomas Dowd. Bishop Dowd speaks with us about how he’s used social media to engage with both those that believe and those that dissent. He discusses the need to have open and…
DRUK 2019 w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
Jan 29 • 50 min
Keep calm and conference on! Today we’re joined by Hannah Vaughan-Spruce the Divine Renovation UK coordinator as we talk about the state of the church leadership worldwide and our excitement for DRUK19 in Birmingham on February 7 & 8! We hope to see you…
Giving Without Barriers w/Tithe.ly
Jan 22 • 64 min
Cash only Church…doesn’t have to be. This week on the podcast we’re joined by Tithe.ly, a software platform that helps parishes and ministries connect with their community. Providing apps that address issues such as giving and engagement, the team from…
Unlocking Your Parish w/ Ron Huntley & Father James Mallon
Jan 15 • 54 min
Recorded earlier this week from our DR Facebook Live Q&A for the launch of our newest book, Unlocking Your Parish: Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha. Written by Ron Huntley and Father James Mallon, Unlocking Your Parish outlines the role…
Leadership Wisdom from Jesus w/ Brett Powell
Jan 8 • 50 min
Brett Powell discusses lessons leaders can learn from Jesus’ life, including the need for selflessness and the importance of leading though investing in individual relationships. With a focus on the ability to balance tenderness & fierceness with is a…
Reborn, Rebuilt, Renewed w/ Archbishop Anthony Mancini
Dec 18, 2018 • 63 min
This week, listen as Archbishop Mancini from the Diocese of Halifax-Yarmouth discusses his journey from priest to Archbishop. We also discuss his thoughts on leadership and how necessary it is for the future of our church to be reborn, rebuilt, renewed,…
FM645 w/ Charley Vaughan
Dec 11, 2018 • 62 min
Ever have nothing to do at 6:45 in the morning? Well…have we got the group for you…Friday Morning 6:45 or FM645. This group of men gather together early in the morning to hear the word of God and open their hearts to the holy spirit. Our guest, Charley…
DR Deacon w/ Deacon Doug Wells
Dec 4, 2018 • 56 min
Deacons are not called to be junior priests or special parishioners, they are called to serve and the church needs their ministry. In this podcast we’re joined by Deacon Doug Wells from Saint Patrick Parish to help bring some perspective to this pivotal…
Everyone Leads w/ Chris Lowney
Nov 28, 2018 • 51 min
It’s not just the role of clergy to lead, to be baptized is to lead. Leadership author, Chris Lowney joins the podcast to discuss the role we all have in the leadership of the church. His book ‘Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church’…
Intentional Community w/ Naomi Lehew
Nov 20, 2018 • 54 min
In a world where technology connects us all, many of us have never felt so alone. Today we talk about breaking down the walls that separate us and how the church can build community. Naomi Lehew of St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell, Texas, breaks down…
The Alpha Invitation w/Joana de Paula
Nov 13, 2018 • 42 min
To go ‘on mission’ is to invite others. Alpha has been on this mission for over 25 years inviting people, just like Joana de Paula. Now as an employee of Alpha in a Catholic context Joana has come to visit the Divine Renovation Ministry to see this…
Renew My Church w/ Fr. Peter Wojcik
Nov 6, 2018 • 49 min
Father Peter Wojcik, in his role as Director of Parish Vitality and Mission at the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about the current process of renewal being undertaken in his Diocese and what it takes to carry out a pastoral vision focused on bringing…
Parishioner to Priest w/Patrick Salah
Oct 30, 2018 • 48 min
“I want to be a priest to change lives and bring people to Christ” - Patrick Salah, a Catholic Seminarian speaks to the Divine Renovation team about his insights as he journeys towards ordination to the priesthood. As a member of Saint Benedict Parish…
Planting the Seed w/Graham Singh
Oct 23, 2018 • 50 min
Reformation & revival. Graham Singh is considered a specialist in the closing and re-opening of church buildings. As Executive Director of ‘Church Plant Canada’ and Trinity Centres Foundation, Graham has re-launched 4 historic churches in the UK and…
Clear & Simple w/ André Regnier
Oct 16, 2018 • 58 min
André Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), has been a part of a movement committed to evangelization for the past 30 years. In today’s podcast, he discusses the importance of de-mystifying the idea of evangelization. In his latest…
Renew My Church w/ The Divine Renovation Team
Oct 9, 2018 • 59 min
As a ministry, DR joined the Archdiocese of Chicago in the windy city for the Renew My Church Conference. It was an amazing time, both for our team and the over 2000 parish leaders who were invited. This podcast is one of the breakout sessions we did for…
Do You Know How Awkward It Is? w/ A.J. Thomas
Oct 2, 2018 • 66 min
In today’s podcast, the Divine Renovation Team welcomes A.J. Thomas, Lead Pastor of Deepwater Church in Halifax. A.J. discusses some of the elements that have contributed to his church’s continual growth, including the importance of intentional leadership…
The Apprentice’s Apprentice w/ Father Alex Colautti
Sep 25, 2018 • 47 min
This week we’re joined by Father Simon Lobo and Father Alex Colautti, pastor and associate pastor at Saint Benedict Parish. We discuss the resent series of Alpha testimonies given during mass at Saint Benedict Parish. Also, Father Alex reveals what its…
The Gift of Hope w/ Father Pat Cosgrove
Sep 18, 2018 • 49 min
Divine Renovation is focused on providing hope. Hope for People, Priests, and Parishes. Chalice, a Catholic child sponsorship organization, shares this vision. Chalice Founder, Father Pat Cosgrove, tells us how Chalice got started and how they are making…
Reporter & Priest w/ Fr. Raymond de Souza
Jul 31, 2018 • 65 min
Fr. Raymond de Souza joins for the second half to discuss writing in the secular and Christian world, and what trends he sees in our culture. Dan O’Rourke, Fr. Simon Lobo and Ron Huntley discuss: - The Catholic Church in Australia - Learnings from Beta (a…
Summer Leadership w/Father James Mallon
Jul 17, 2018 • 41 min
Welcome to summer everyone…at least here in Canada. While our ministry season may be winding down, our team is busy inspiring and equipping parishes around the world! In studio today is Dan O’Rourke and Father James Mallon chatting about what summer can…
Beginning a Renovation w/ Tanya Rodgerson
Jul 10, 2018 • 48 min
We’re still unpacking DR18. Guest Co-Host Matt Vaughan, of SBP’s Communications Team, shares his take aways and the graces he experienced during the conference. But wait there’s more….Tanya Rodgerson, one of the main contributors to the Saint Benedict…
Sing a New Song w/ Phil Marmen
Jul 3, 2018 • 57 min
The team talks to Ron about why he slept on the ground at the airport, and explore launching a shiny new connect group, and how a common mission like hosting a conference can knit a parish together. Podcast guest Phil Marmen joins the team to speak music…
DR18 In the Afterglow w/ Kate Robinson
Jun 26, 2018 • 49 min
Join Ron Huntley this week in our makeshift studio at Saint Benedict Parish as we continue to recover from the DR18 conference. Ron is joined today by Kate Robinson where they discuss some highlights from DR18 as well as what the summer is going to look…
Greater Love
Jun 19, 2018 • 31 min
“Together, let’s throw away our ‘throw-away culture’ and respond to the cry of the poor, suffering, lost and lonely. Join our movement today, and extend a hand to the vulnerable.” Dan, Ron and Father James are joined this week by Mark Saldanha. A young…
Apprentice to Pastor w/ Father Simon Lobo
Jun 5, 2018 • 56 min
Future world renown author (at least that’s what we think) Fr. Simon Lobo joins the podcast to talk about his latest book (also his only book) Divine Renovation Apprentice. As he joins the DR team in preparing to welcome the world to Saint Benedict Parish…
Lay Leader and Lay Learner w/Pat Ryan
May 29, 2018 • 55 min
Can We Multiply? Divine Renovation team member Pat Ryan shares his story of encountering DR, and moving to Canada to experience it first-hand. And how would you react if 100 people stood up at your parish and said that Jesus became lord of their life this…
DR in the UK w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
May 22, 2018 • 63 min
UK coordinator Hannah Vaughan-Spruce joins the team to share how Divine Renovation is working in parishes if all types across the United Kingdom. Also explored: - Connect Groups - Music - Ron was on the radio… And yes Catholics want to bring people to…
3 Priests, 2 Continents, 1 Mission w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
May 15, 2018 • 21 min
Parish renewal can happen anywhere. Divine Renovation strives to inspire all leaders to believe that they can bring their parishes from maintenance to mission. Hannah Vaughan-Spruce interviews 3 priests during our Divine Renovation UK Conference, asking…
On the Ground w/ Fr. James Mackay & SLT
May 8, 2018 • 24 min
Meet members of Fr. James Mackay’s Senior Leadership Team. Explore with them the joys of being a lay leader, team dynamics, and contributing to their church, in this special episode filmed in Royal Docks, England.
Relying on the Holy Spirit
May 1, 2018 • 58 min
How can we rely more fully on the Holy Spirit? Peter Herbeck joins the podcast this week to discuss how we can rely on the Holy Spirit in a deeper way through our ministry and what the power of the Holy Spirit can really do! Hosts Fr. James Mallon, Matt…
Early Days of a Missional Parish
Apr 24, 2018 • 60 min
What motivates a pastor to try this Divine Renovation thing? Hear from Fr. Ken Lao as he shares what drove him to join the Divine Renovation Network, the challenges, struggles and opportunities. And how the Holy Spirit is working in his parish to bring…
The Call to Holiness AND Mission
Apr 17, 2018 • 51 min
DR Coach Bill Presprich joins Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley, and Dan O’Rourke as they talk building leadership teams, moving a parish from being inward to outward focus (maintenance to mission). Topics covered include: - Relationship between Senior…
Living as a Missionary Disciple
Apr 9, 2018 • 55 min
The moment Kate Pinto decided to follow Jesus, the word ‘missionary’ was placed on her heart. She had no idea what it meant. This podcast will explore Kate’s story of becoming a missionary disciple.
Passion in Your Heart
Apr 2, 2018 • 25 min
1 priest, 1 book, 1 mission. ‚ÄčIn this podcast, the Divine Renovation team interviewed Father James Mackay from the Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham, Royal Docks, East London, UK. Hear his inspiring story and his struggles. Find out how Divine Renovation…
The Fruit of the Game Plan
Mar 26, 2018 • 56 min
Today the team welcomed Bill Scollard, Director of Pastoral Ministries at Saint Benedict Parish. Bill shared his story from lapsed Catholic to ministry leader. The team also explored the Saint Benedict Game Plan and how Bill is such a great example of its…
Catching Culture
Mar 19, 2018 • 51 min
In today’s podcast, the team welcomed Matt Vaughan, the co-host of The Church We Want To Be podcast. Matt shared his story of parishioner to staff member at Saint Benedict Parish. The team also dicussed with Matt how he caught culture as a new staff…
Growing Leaders
Mar 12, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s podcast, the team welcomed Kate Robinson- Director of Communications at Saint Benedict Parish. In this episode, the team discussed growing leaders especially in related to Senior Leadership Teams and Communications.
How to Improve the Relationship with your Diocese
Mar 7, 2018 • 69 min
Today’s episode is the exciting relaunch of the Divine Renovation podcast with the Divine Renovation team. Today they delved into issues of building a healthy relationship with dioceses with special guest John Stevens from the Archdiocese of…
Apprenticing Leadership
Apr 8, 2017 • 45 min
Dan O’Rourke, Fr. James Mallon and Fr. Simon Lobo C.C. discuss the priest-internship experience at Saint Benedict Parish and being apprenticed in leading parish renewal. In this podcast the future of The Divine Renovation ministry is discussed as well as…
Bishops (Part 1)
Mar 1, 2017 • 39 min
We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does ‘Divine Renovation’ mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O’Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the world of what it means to apply the…
Bishops (Part 2)
Mar 1, 2017 • 52 min
We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does ‘Divine Renovation’ mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O’Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the world of what it means to apply the…
Facilitating Change
Oct 7, 2016 • 36 min
Executing a change can be incredibly difficult. Especially when you have to challenge the status quo. Join Father James Mallon, Dan O’Rourke and Ron Huntley to discuss healthy ways to facilitate change.
Model of Priesthood
Aug 19, 2016 • 40 min
Making his second guest appearance on the Divine Renovation Podcast, Father Simon Lobo joins, Ron Huntley, Dan O’Rourke and Father James Mallon in a discussion about how we can think differently about our model of priesthood.
Connect Groups
Jul 22, 2016 • 39 min
Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke are back again! Joined this time for the first time in the Divine Renovation Podcast history with our special guest Father Simon Lobo! Join the 4 of them as they discuss the much requested topic of connect…
DR16 - Now What?
Jul 8, 2016 • 39 min
You attended the Divine Renovation 16 Conference and returned home… but where do you go from there? Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke may have some insights into what to do next!
Divine Renovation Conference
Apr 11, 2016 • 28 min
We are very excited about the upcoming Divine Renovation Conference coming up on June 13th and 14th, 2016. Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke and find out how you can join us this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Divine Renovation Leadership Network
Feb 21, 2016 • 26 min
It’s time to reveal something exciting! Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke and learn about the new Divine Renovation Leadership Network!
Catechisis
Nov 12, 2015 • 47 min
Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke as they discuss the role (and the spelling) of Catechisis.
Sacraments
Nov 12, 2015 • 43 min
Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke as they discuss the great gift of the sacraments.
Realistic Expectations
Nov 12, 2015 • 45 min
It’s important to have realistic expectations for you and your team so that you know what success looks like. Join Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O’Rourke as they discuss what they’ve learned about reasonable expectations.
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 3 of 3)
Nov 9, 2015 • 41 min
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 3 of 3 we complete the exploration of all the things you can do wrong when running Alpha in your parish. Congrats on becoming a hardened Alpha killer.
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 2 of 3)
Nov 9, 2015 • 39 min
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 2 of 3 we continue to explore some of the common mistakes that people make when setting up an Alpha program at their parish.
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 1 of 3)
Nov 9, 2015 • 44 min
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 1 of 3 we examine some of the common mistakes that you might make, and that we have made when running Alpha in your parish.
Hard Conversations
Nov 9, 2015 • 45 min
The Divine Renovation Podcast - Hard Conversations episode explores why, when and how to have the hard conversations that are necessary for a parish to grow and achieve its mission.
Podcast Pilot
Nov 9, 2015 • 49 min
The Divine Renovation Podcast Pilot episode examines the importance of drive and passion.