The Beauty Ever New Podcast

The Beauty Ever New Podcast
Renewing Culture through Catholic Art and Architecture

19: The practical side of beauty with Deanna Ennis from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Feb 28 • 96 min
Rafael and Chris sit down with Deanna Ennis from the construction department of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to talk about her experience in construction around the diocese and specifically on church work. We talk about what the diocese is up to,…
18: Building a Thriving Parish Culture with Stephen Lenahan
Feb 14 • 83 min
17: Designing Devotional Goods with Tricia Dugat
Aug 17, 2019 • 88 min
Join us as we talk with Tricia Dougat about her business designing and selling devotional goods, her journey in faith, and her particular design aesthetic, and how it all works together. We laugh a TON. Hope you enjoy. Visit "" online to…
16: Catholic Digital Minimalism with Taylor Fayle
Aug 2, 2019 • 83 min
Join Rafael and Chris as we talk with instructional designer and educator Taylor Fayle about the intersection of soul and machine, Digital Minimalism, digital technologies, Catholic Liturgy, and how we relate to the technology that shapes and enables our…
15: Season 1 Retrospective
Jul 19, 2019 • 41 min
A look back at the first season of Beauty Ever New. What we learned, what we liked most and where we want to go next.
14: A Brief History of Notre Dame de Paris
Jul 10, 2019 • 17 min
The long awaited episode detailing the almost tragic fate of France's most famous Cathedral has finally arrived! Join us as we present the long and storied history of one of the great architectural treasures of Christendom.
13: Faithful Newness
Jun 21, 2019 • 87 min
Join us as we talk with author and speaker Denis McNamara about what it means to make things new in the theological context and how that should inform the design of Catholic Churches. How liturgy impacts church design, the practicalities of trying to to…
11: Mediated Reality - Part I
Jun 7, 2019 • 54 min
Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing…
12: Mediated Reality - Part II
Jun 7, 2019 • 51 min
Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing…
10: The Poetic Mode
May 10, 2019 • 45 min
The long awaited companion to the episode on John Senior is here! Join us as we talk with Joseph Leaño about the Poetic Mode of Knowledge. How to understand it, how to talk about it and most importantly how to live it out.Special Guest: Joseph Leaño.
9: Restoring the Sacred
Apr 26, 2019 • 39 min
Join us as we talk with fellow architect Michael Raia, founder of Studio io about the foundations of church design, liturgy and how tradition should inform our designs today.Special Guest: Michael Raia.
Notre Dame Fire - Our Thoughts
Apr 18, 2019 • 19 min
We share our thoughts on the Notre Dame fire in Paris. Check out the rest of our episodes at
8: Beauty Defined
Apr 12, 2019 • 31 min
The conversation with Michaela Barta continues. This time we delve into the heart of the podcast. What is beauty? Why is it so tricky to define it? How does it change our lives and focus our perspective?Special Guest: Michaela Barta.
7: The Call of the Artist
Mar 29, 2019 • 48 min
Artists have a special relationship with God in that they share, in a certain sense, in the supreme creative act of God. Artists are given talents that they are called to develop, so that through them they may reveal God to the world through their work.…
6: Homemade Zombies
Mar 15, 2019 • 50 min
How often do you notice the building you work in or live in? How does it shape or change your behavior? The truth is that architecture forms us in it's own silent but powerful way. Ryan Trusell is an artist, a writer, an amateur theologian, husband and…
5: Memento Mori
Mar 1, 2019 • 46 min
Encountering death is a difficult reality no matter the time or circumstance. No one knows this better than Joseph Earthman, a 4th generation funeral home service provider, now a funeral director and business owner in Houston, TX. He helps families say…
4: Architecture is Sick
Feb 15, 2019 • 46 min
Architecture is sick. Is it really? Why would architecture be sick? Chris and Rafael take a look at architecture in general and church architecture specifically over the last 80 years and discuss how the industrial revolution inspired a radical change in…
3: The Power of Music
Feb 1, 2019 • 49 min
Music is a transofrmative force. It speaks to us on such a deep level, that at times can shake us to the core. It can help define our identity, our memory and how we see the world. Like so many of the arts, music changed after the incarnation. It became…
2: What Happened in Kansas?
Jan 18, 2019 • 41 min
Our lives have become buried under the weight of constant distraction, so much so that we have lost the ability to fully appreciate the True the Good and the Beautiful. If we are to reclaim our ability to design and experience beauty, then we have to…
1: Form Follows Funding
Jan 4, 2019 • 48 min
Beauty isn't free. Often times it requires great sacrifices on behalf of the artists and the patrons. On this episode of Beauty Ever New we are joined by Andrew Robison, president of Petrus Development. Asking people for money can be incredibly scary, how…
Episode 0: An Introduction
Dec 21, 2018 • 43 min
This first episode is the pre-history of Beauty Ever New. Get to know us, your humble hosts. Find out why we decided to start a podcast in what is a difficult time in the history of the church. Where do we think Catholic Architecture is going? What do…