On the Way

Third Wednesday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.

"On The Way" is sponsored by the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship (OEMD).  Previously entitled, “Mission of Love”, On The Way focuses on spreading the "Good News" through the lens of evangelization and discipleship. Topics will include ways people and communities are evangelizing, discipleship happenings in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and how we encounter Christ in our world.
Hosts: Elizabeth Jennings White, Director of the OEMD and Jennifer Delvaux, Senior Coordinator for Evangelization.

Why Witness Matters

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Continuing on the theme of the eight qualities of a culture of evangelization, co-hosts Elizabeth White and Jenn Delvaux talk about the importance of mission. Joseph Malham, iconographer and author, joined the conversation to talk about his journey and his role as an artist in residence at St. Gregory the Great church, which is part of Mary, Mother of God parish. Through his gifts and talents, Joe witnesses to God’s love and grace. To find out more about Joe and his works visit

Personal Prayer

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship take a deep dive into personal prayer. They talk about why it is important for evangelization - you have to know who you are evangelizing. And they share a list of resources to help you develop or grow your prayer live (visit for the list). The second half of the show features Alessandro DiSanto, one of three founders of a Catholic Meditation app called Hallow available at or your favorite app store. This app was developed here in Chicago to help Catholics explore the richness of our Catholic prayer options.

Evangelization, Engagement, and Parish Renewal

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Today Jennifer Delvaux hosts a discussion on Evangelization, Engagement, and Parish renewal. She is joined by Michelle Farrell, Evangelization Lead at Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph, and Mike Bentley, Evangelization Lead at St. Catherine of Alexandria. The three discuss the importance of engaging individuals as leaders led by the Holy Spirit as part of evangelization and parish renewal. Michelle and Mike share how they have used soft entry points and invitations to lift up and engage new leaders.

Inviting and Saint Mary Magdalene

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
As they continue to explore the eight qualities of a culture of evangelization, co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux talk about the power of an invitation. They discuss who to invite, how to consider what you want for someone and not from them, and how to make the invitation. They also note that by inviting, you are letting the other person know that they belong and that you have the power to invite them. Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, President of Catholic Theological Union and New Testament Scholar, joins On the Way to share Biblical understanding of St. Mary Magdalene just before her July 22nd Feast Day. Sr. Barbara shares the many misconceptions about St. Mary Magdalene and the ways in which the authors of the Gospels spoke of her in their stories. Sr. Barbara also shares what St. Mary Magdalene, a great evangelizer, offers to us today – a woman who is persistent in sharing her story, who knows she is called, and who is courageous in the midst of controversy. For more information about Sr. Barbara Reid and Catholic Theological Union, visit

Listening to Gen Z and Catholic Women

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Co-hosts, Elizabeth White and Jennifer Delvaux lead a conversation about the importance of listening in building a culture of evangelization. The first guest of the show, On the Way, is Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute. Josh shares with Jenn the insights gained through their 2020 research project with young people aged 13 to 25. This generation is lonelier than any other generation. Key to their connection and thriving is having authentic, caring adults in their lives who will listen to them without an agenda. The results of their listening to Generation Z is available in their study, “The State of Religion and Young People” which is available at Kerry Weber, Executive Editor of America Magazine joins On the Way. Co-host Beth White discusses the magazine’s 2018 study with The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) that sought to ask Catholic women about their faith life. Up until this point, there was not one research project that only asked Catholic women questions about their faith. In this interview, Kerry shares the importance of listening to women and how they self-identify. All 1500 women self-identified as Catholic whether they actively participated in the faith or not. Listening to these women and seeking ways to be more relevant in their lives is a critical part of walking with them. To learn more about this study, follow this link:

Walking with People with Mental Illness and their Families

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Beth White, host for On the Way, is joined by Doug Beach, Chair of NAMI FaithNet. Doug discusses Mental Health Awareness month, the resources of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (, and the tools available through the faith focused area of NAMI, FaithNet. As a ministry, they work with churches, parishes, synagogues, and mosques to heighten awareness and knowledge about mental illness to take away the stigma and to equip communities to walk with those who need support. Deacon Thomas Lambert joins On the Way host Beth White from the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness to discuss the local efforts in the Archdiocese to support parishes in their desire to walk with those with mental illness in the community. On their website ( there are resources for personal, group, and communal prayer, homily suggestions, and practical things a parish can do to create a welcoming, inclusive community. The Commission is available to provide a five-part series on mental illness in interested parishes to better prepare the community on how to support those struggling with their mental health.

Anti-Racism and the Black Catholic Initiative

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Clarissa Aljentera from the Office for Lifelong Formation joins Beth White, host, for On the Way to discuss anti-racism, her upcoming course at Boston College, and ways the Archdiocese is proactively trying to have very important conversations and ultimately put into practice, issues around race and diversity, specifically through a newly formed Racial Justice Circle and a novena for racial justice being prayed by employees of the pastoral center. Clarissa also suggests a few resources that might help listeners to continue their own journey of learning more. Cliff Barber, Chief Strategy Officer for Renew My Church and Director of the Boston Catholic Initiative joins host, Beth White, to talk about the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss the impact of parish closures and unifications in the Black Churches, primarily on the Southside of Chicago. Cliff shares his hope for the future even in the midst of great grief. The Black Catholic Initiative includes all Black Catholics in the Chicagoland area. The goal is to support and bring these Catholics together in creative ways. A new website will be launched in the coming months.

Renew My Church – A Year in Review

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
On the Way focuses on the Archdiocesan renewal movement, Renew My Church (RMC). Beth White and Jenn Delvaux, co-hosts, are joined by Rick Moreno and Valerie Jennings, two Parish Vitality Coordinators. Valerie, who serves vicariate six, shares the steps or phases parishes enter for the purpose of bringing about renewal. She also shares how parish communities work towards unification – new name, ministry unification process, prayer, etc. Rick, who serves in vicariate four, shares the vision of building the new reality, the final phase of RMC. And each share their hopes for the future. Jenn Delvaux, who serves as the Senior Coordinator in the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship (OEMD), and Beth, the director of OEMD, continue the conversation about renewal through the lens of evangelization. Jenn speaks of the intentional process of walking with pastors and leaders of evangelization in parishes. The main goal is to form missionary disciples and establish a culture of evangelization in parishes. Jenn and Beth discuss and define the various components of that culture – hospitality, listening, inviting, relationships, empowerment, prayer, witness, and mission.

Ash Wednesday Conversations

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The Tolton Spirituality Center has been a fruit of the pandemic. Beth White, the Host of On the Way, interviews Fr. Gerard Jordan, OPraem, about the newly announced Center to serve the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago. With a $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation, this new initiative will lead the way in healing and building vitality in parishes. Fr. Gerard shares the ways in which Fr. Tolton was not deterred by racism or struggle and how his experience can help all of us as we face the challenges of the pandemic, “isms” in our society and Church, and the outcomes of parish communities uniting under a new roof. Beth White interviews Fr. James Martin, SJ, about his newest book, “Learning to Pray: A guide for Everyone.” The two discuss the genesis of the book that he worked on for about a decade. Fr. Jim shares that he wrote if for his 20-something self who had no idea how to pray. After thirty years of being a Jesuit, walking with people at all stages of their faith journey, Fr. Jim sees the importance of having an honest conversation about what does and does not happen in prayer. There is not a right way to pray, just different ways. And at the heart of all prayer, is God reaching for us.

Spiritual Practices and the Role of Catholic Faith in Public Life

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
To kick off the first show of the new year, co-host Jenn Delvaux discusses spiritual practices and the role of Catholic faith in public life. For the first half of the show, Laura Lies, Spiritual Director and founder of Streams of Grace, joins Jenn to discuss how and why we should draw closer to God despite so much uncertainty for the new year ahead. Laura offers useful advice on how people can actively listen to God in their lives and how we can accompany those in our lives who seek an encounter with Christ. For the second half of the show Jenn is joined by Dr. Steven Millies, Associate Professor of Public Theology at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and Director of The Bernadin Center at CTU. Jenn and Dr. Millies discuss Public Theology and how we as Catholics are called to act and live out our faith in our daily lives.

Christmas Traditions Done Virtually

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
On the Way focuses on Christmas traditions and things we’ve learned about this year. Miguel Salazar, Senior Coordinator for Immigration, is the first guest and joins co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux. He shares with listeners the history of Mexican Posadas and the 15th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform held on December 18th. To learn more about the Chicagoland Posada visit: The second half of the show is dedicated to Christmas music and the reality of singing in 2020 with guest Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator in the Office for Divine Worship. At the encouragement of the Cardinal, she has organized a virtual choir from throughout the Archdiocese who will sing at Midnight Mass from Holy Name Cathedral on WGN and Catholic Chicago. This Mass will be a special celebration of the entire Archdiocese as much of it is being pre-recorded due to the pandemic. She also discusses with the hosts the lessons they have learned from 2020, like how much we do take singing at Mass for granted.

Advent Offering and the Power of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
On the Way focuses on the seasons which are upon us, Thanksgiving and Advent. The first guest who joins Beth White is Kevin Pease, director of Loyola University’s IPS Scripture School to discuss an upcoming Advent Retreat, “When They Saw the Star,” that is available to everyone for free. The retreat takes place over three weeks – two hours a week – on Zoom. For more information visit here. Kevin also shared about how to get involved with the IPS Scripture School. On the second half of the show, Beth White was joined by Michelle Shaffer, Associate Director of the Institute for Lay Formation at University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Michelle and Beth discussed gratitude as we look towards Thanksgiving in the midst of a pandemic. Michelle shared some research about how gratitude is incredibly beneficial for us psychologically, physically, and spiritually. Even though these are really hard and challenging times for all of us, it is important that we find a few things each day for which we can be grateful.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020
On the Way focused on hospitality and how we can live this crucial aspect of our faith out during the pandemic precautions. Hospitality is even more important now as people are left without usual connections to communities and relationships. The stress and fatigue of the pandemic, particularly for those in at risk communities and working in front line fields, invite us to reconsider how to be hospitable. The first guest to join host Jenn Delvaux is Jane Angha, Director of Ministry Blueprints, a company that teaches, trains and equips people, parishes and teams in hospitality, welcome and innovation. The discussion explores the foundations of hospitality and the need for it in the unique circumstances we are in now. The second guest is Kathy McNichols, the Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education at Incarnation Parish in Crestwood. With examples from Kathy’s parish and Jane’s ministry, creative ways to live your call to hospitality are shared.

New Books to Help Us Grow In Our Relationship With Jesus

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
On the Way focuses on two books by two different authors to help us grow as individuals and as communities of disciples. We cannot give what we do not have and continuing to grow in our relationship with Jesus is a focus of this show. The first guest who joins Beth White, is Joshua Danis, the National Director of Alpha in the Catholic Context. Josh has written a book, “Living the Fruit of the Spirit: How God’s Grace Can Transform Your World,” out of his experience of having people encounter Jesus. Written prior to the pandemic, this book, which is available through Word Among Us Press, focuses on the ways in which we can grow in the fruits of the spirit so that we can attract and witness to the Gospel with our lives. By reflecting on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, we can all grow in these fruits throughout our journey. To get your copy of the book visit The Word Among Us. Our second guest is Fr. Robin Ryan, CP, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fr. Robin, who has taught Christology for years, has developed a book to help readers connect head knowledge of Jesus with heart knowledge. His newest book, “Gazing on His Face: A Christ-Centered Spirituality,” will be available through Paulist Press later this fall. The book starts with reflecting on our friendship with Christ and uses different titles of Christ to help us get to know who Jesus is in Scripture, Tradition, and in our own lives. While waiting for his newest book, you may consider a more dense, but timely book, “God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages..”

Racism and Storytelling

Friday, June 19, 2020
On the Way focuses on our heightened awareness of racism and how our diocesan newspaper is evangelizing. Host Beth White is joined by Ryan Lents, Director of Human Dignity and Solidarity, to share resources that are available to help us become more aware of and counter racism. Beth and Ryan, in particular, discussed “Open Wide Our Hearts,” the 2018 USCCB pastoral letter against racism. This document and many other resources are available at In addition, the Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity is offering peace circles to help us have open dialogue about racism in our culture and Church. You can learn more here. The second part of the show featured Joyce Duriga, Editor of Chicago Catholic. Joyce has been with the local archdiocesan newspaper for 13 years and sees God at work in and through people throughout our archdiocese. She shared the many ways in which listening and storytelling are evangelizing. Joyce is also the author of “Augustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator,” a biography of the first known African-American priest in the United States. She has written an article about what Fr. Tolton would think about today’s events. To read that article, learn more about our local newspaper and how to become a subscriber, visit:

Reaching Outward During a Pandemic

Saturday, May 16, 2020
On the Way focuses on how our parishes and Archdiocese are reaching outward in love during the pandemic. Host Beth White is joined by Michael MacKenzie, Director of Internal Communications, to talk about the various ways the Archdiocese if communicating with the pastors, principals, parish teams, and Archdiocesan employees during this time of uncertainty. He also shares the many creative ways parishes are reaching outward in their communities to bring hope and help. For all of the latest information visit: Cathy Walz, Director of Pastoral Accompaniment, joins Beth to talk about two Archdiocese of Chicago offerings – “A Call to Prayer” and Grief Groups. For those who would like to pray with someone during this time, “A Call to Prayer” is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day. After hours voicemail and email prayer intentions are also available ([email protected]) . Grief Groups are for those who have recently lost a loved one and want to gather with others to share their journey and pray together.

Community and Connection – COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
On the Way focuses on how we are continuing to provide a sense of community and connection while we are under a “stay at home” order. Host Beth White is joined by co-host and Senior Coordinator for the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, Jenn Delvaux, and Michelle Shaffer, Associate Director of the Institute for Lay Formation at University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Together they discuss how the Archdiocese of Chicago has pulled together parish leaders to offer Alpha Online. Several parishes with experience offering “in-person” Alpha have members of their teams serving as hosts and helpers for this online version. If you or anyone you know is interested, visit to register. Tom Howard from St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish and Kim Haggerty from St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish join Beth White to share the ways in which their parish communities have reached out to their parishioners and beyond. From old fashioned phone trees, to online devotions, to weekly meetings with catechists to brainstorm, parishes are finding creative ways to build community and reach outward in love.

Caring for Ourselves and Neighbors and Praying Together – COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
During this time of uncertainty with COVID-19, On the Way focuses on how we care for our ourselves and our neighbors and how we can stay together in prayer. Host Beth White is joined for the first half of the show by Ryan Lents, Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity, to discuss ways in which you or someone else can get support for food, clothing, and mental health needs during this time- call Catholic Charities at (312) 655-7700. They also discuss ways in which we can continue to support our local restaurants and reach out to our neighbors (to donate food or clothing call (312) 655-7525). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Andrew McKernin, Volunteer Relations Project Manager for Catholic Charities at (312) 655-7557 or [email protected] The second half of the show, Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, joins Host Beth White to discuss the cancellation of liturgical celebrations, and how we can stay together in prayer even as we are asked to “social distance.” Todd reminds listeners that we are indeed the Body of Christ and shares ways we can connect through the Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral and daily Mass offered at St. James Chapel at the Quigley Center (Online Masses). Gathering together with your family in your home or through one of several virtual gathering tools (Zoom, Teams, Facetime, etc.) or simply by phone, we can continue to pray together. Look for Lenten Resources and other timely tools to help you pray on

February 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Today host Beth White and co-host Jenn Delvaux welcomed Beth Knobbe, Community Engagement Manager, and Olga Canelas, Program Director from Honduras for the first half of the show. Olga shared the work she is doing with CRS to help with food security and literacy to students in Honduras. Both Beth and Olga talked about the CRS program Rice Bowl and how it can help deepen one's Lenten journey. In the second half of the show, Juan Pablo Padilla and Maria Aranda from the Young Adult Engagement Team discussed their work to engage the young adult community and specifically how they are using Alpha to help young adults encounter Jesus and be formed as leaders in their ministry. For more information about CRS Rice Bowl visit their website at If you want to know about the Archdiocese’s Young Adult Engagement team visit their website at

January 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Co-host Jenn Delvaux and Evangelization Coordinator Jose Coronel start off the new year by talking about the Epiphany. The team sits down with James Erler, the Parish Vitality Coordinator for vicariate three. They discuss the Baptism of Christ and reflect on the ways we can reach those who enter our parishes and our lives that are not Catholic. For the second half of the show, Jenn and Jose talk with Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, to discuss the ways in which God moves in our lives, and how he speaks to us throughout our faith journey.

Bishop Alberto Rojas

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
On a very special episode of On the Way, host Beth White and Evangelization Coordinator Jose Coronel sit down with Bishop Alberto Rojas. Bishop Rojas, who has been serving as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago for over eight years, has recently been appointed as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, California by Pope Francis. On this hour-long episode, bishop discusses his first encounter with Jesus in Mexico, his ministry work in Chicago, and the importance of evangelization as he looks forward to the next chapter in his life. If you are interested in learning more about Bishop Rojas, read about his life’s work here in Chicago Catholic

Advent: Preparing our parishes and ourselves

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
On the Way focuses on how to make the most out of Advent this year. Co-hosts, Beth White and Jenn Delvaux, are joined by Fr. Sammie Maletta, Pastor, and Kahlil Hattar and Louie Cain, Pastoral Associates, from St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. They share how they intentionally use Advent as a time to prepare for receiving guests at Christmas by encouraging parishioners to see themselves as hosts, the ones who receive the guests. Their goal is for everyone who worships with them to feel “loved on” from the time they arrive on their campus to when they leave, hoping to give them a reason to return. They share concrete, practical ways that all of us can be welcoming. On the second half of the show, author and Managing Editor at Loyola Press in Chicago, Vinita Hampton Wright discusses Advent and how to prepare our hearts for the joy that the season brings. She shares excerpts from her newly published book, “Small Simple Ways,” a daily prayer resource and her online Advent retreat by the same name available on starting the first Monday of Advent.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
As we prepare for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, this month radio co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux tackle some interesting subjects. Fr. Richard Fragomeni, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Catholic Theologian Union, and Fr. Bill Vollmer, Associate Pastor at Holy Name Cathedral, join us to discuss the Catholic understanding of death, dying, and eternal life. We also explore ways in which bereavement ministries in parishes and the funeral liturgy can be opportunities to be Christ to those who are grieving and help them connect with the community during the time of loss.

Happenings in the Archdiocese

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
On this episode of On the Way, co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux take a look at upcoming archdiocesan events. Chelsea Piper, from the Young Adult Ministry Office at the Arch, and Nancy Holpuch, the Youth Minister at St. Edna Parish, discuss Holy Fire and the ways in which this event brings young participants closer to God. Fr. Timothy O’Malley joins us for the last half hour to discuss his ministry that is a 2019 Noche de Gala award winner. Fr. Tim is the Spiritual Director for Camino de Emaús, a weekend retreat hosted by Most Blessed Trinity parish. Camino de Emaús is being awarded the St. John Paul II Evangelization Award at Noche de Gala.

Back to School

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Our first episode of “On the Way” focuses on back to school! With summer winding down and coming to an end, many Catholic schools have started classes already. With each new school year, there is an opportunity to evangelize. Melissa Link, OCS Director of Catholic Mission and Culture, joins the program to discuss her important role within the Archdiocese and the greater community. Amanda Thompson, the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at DePaul University, also joins us to discuss how Catholic universities can bridge the gap between young adults going to and returning from college.

Summer of Evangelization

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
This month on Mission of Love, co-hosts Jenn Delvaux and José Coronel, explore different parish led summer events happening throughout the archdiocese. Michael Silhavy, a parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Riverside, joins the team in the first half hour to discuss St. Mary’s Brass on the Grass summer music festival and how music can be a great tool for evangelization. For the last half hour, Jenn and José chat with Ceyclia Jablonska about the upcoming Polish Marian Pilgrimage, a historic mission that begins in Chicago and ends in Merrillville, Indiana. For more information on Brass in the Grass visit St. Mary’s website at To learn more about the Polish Pilgrimage and/or to register, please visit their website

A Soft Entry Point – Witnesses to Alpha

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Part of the process of helping parishes change their culture to one that prioritizes evangelization is to invite them to use a new soft entry point tool – a way to enter the faith community in a low-key manner that is focused on faith. One such tool is Alpha. Co-hosts Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, and José Coronel, Evangelization Coordinator, discussed with guests their experience with Alpha. Charlie Thomas, a recently retired lawyer, is coordinating Alpha at St. John of the Cross in Western Springs who has completed a pilot and season one. He shares how he got involved and how this experience has helped him grow. Aida Rodrigues is the volunteer Evangelization Coordinator at St. William Parish where they just finished their pilot Alpha. She shares how this tool works and how it has helped her personally.

Vitality Day: Hospitality and Welcoming

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
On this month’s episode, co-hosts Jenn Delvaux and José Coronel from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship (OEMD), reflect on the success and feedback from those who participated in OEMD’s previous Evangelization Days. Irene Saldaña, a parishioner of St. Mary of Czestochowa, joined the show to talk about her experience at these Evangelization Days. Irene relates what she learned at these events with what she is doing through a catechetical program, S.I.N.E. (Sistema Integral para la Nueva Evangelization), in her parish. Jenn and José also discuss what’s to come in OEMD’s upcoming Vitality Days, which are complimentary workshops that focus on welcoming and hospitality in the parish context. Adam Janke, the Program Director for Saint Paul Street Evangelization, joins the program to discuss hospitality and why it’s important for the future of the Church. For more information about our Vitality Days, please visit our website at, To learn more about Saint Paul Street Evangelization, visit their website at,

Holy Week: Faith is Remembering

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
This month co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux, from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, examine the ways in which Holy Week is evangelizing for Catholics. For the first half hour of the program, Sandra Mota and David Ramirez, coordinators for Via Crucis Viviente De Sur Chicago (South Chicago Way of the Cross), discuss how this annual Good Friday tradition gives witness to the larger neighborhood of who Jesus is to Christians. Consisting of a live re-enactment of the path Jesus took towards his crucifixion through the streets surrounding the parishes, more than 1,000 people are drawn into the experience. Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship at the Archdiocese of Chicago, also joins us for the last half hour to explain the Triduum, the shortest liturgical season that marks the end of Lent and precedes the Easter season. For more information about South Chicago Way of the Cross visit St. Michael the Archangel- South Shore website here:

Belonging To A Greater Community

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A sense of belonging is one of the greatest human needs. Trying to create an environment where this can happen is not an easy task. Co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship were joined by three very special guests that spoke about this matter. Courtney Christensen, the Communications Strategist for The Young Adult Engagement Team at the Archdioceses of Chicago, was with them for the first half-hour to speak about the importance of reaching and connecting to today’s millennials. Our co-hosts also spoke with Sue Lehocky, Director of Religious Education, at Divine Mercy in Winnetka and Gabriel Lerma, the Director of Alpha in Chicago. They shared their experience of Alpha and how it helps parishes “create a space where people can be introduced to the Kerygma” to ultimately help change the culture of the faith community providing a sense of welcoming and belonging for all. For upcoming events from The Young Adult Engagement Team visit their website at For more information about Alpha, visit their website at

Reflecting the Community We Serve

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Understanding a person’s culture is an essential part for building trust to foster an environment of evangelization and hospitality. Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, speaks with Evangelization Coordinators Alicja Pozywio and José Coronel about their first-hand experiences of interacting and engaging with the Polish and Latino communities during various Evangelization Days and Taste of Alpha events. They discuss the significance of understanding a community’s shared beliefs and values, and what it means for them to be a reflection of these diverse communities that make up the Church. For information about upcoming Evangelization Days and Taste of Alpha events visit the Archdiocese website.

The Journey of Renew My Church

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship was joined by Valerie Jennings, Parish Vitality Coordinator for Vicariate VI, for a discussion about the journey of Renew My Church. The stories Valerie shared, and her experiences highlight the crucial role of building community among our parish groupings, prayer, and abundant hospitality. Valerie opened up her experience and offers advice to every Catholic in Chicago as we continue the effort to form vital parishes with a culture of evangelization.

Prayer and Personal Renewal

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship were joined by Cliff Barber, Chief Strategist for Renew My Church, who shared his journey to his role in the Archdiocese and our renewal process. The core of evangelization is always grounded in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Cliff shared his commitment to prayer and ongoing renewal. The second half of the show was dedicated to personal prayer resources, good reads and ways to connect on a deeper level with Jesus.

Spreading the Good News: Happenings in the Archdiocese

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Communications is central to any organization. To bring about renewal and to help parishes achieve the three Renew My Church Imperatives – build communities, make disciples and inspire witness- communications is essential. Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, was joined by Michael MacKenzie the Director for Internal Communications for the Archdiocese of Chicago to share ways he is spreading the Good News. Mike is launching a new, robust Renew My Church website, which will be linked from the Archdiocesan website and shared how to access the Summit videos and discussion guides that we are encouraging all to share with their fellow parishioners ( Go to the RMC Summit Next Steps page for details). The interviewee became the interviewer. For the second half of the show, Mike asked members of the Evangelization Team about events they had hosted in the Archdiocese over the past month and the ways in which they think about evangelization, discipleship and missionary discipleship. Jenn Delvaux, José Coronel, and Beth White talked about their research, insights and the three Evangelization Days and the six Taste of Alphas they had hosted. More Evangelization Days are coming in January as well as additional Alpha sessions. Visit to find out more.

A Culture of Evangelization is Central to Renewal

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
On October 1-2, 2018, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted a two-day summit focused on renewal and how we are going to build a new reality together. Host Beth White and Co-Host Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship spoke with Kathy McNicholas the Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights about her experience and her takeaways from the Summit. Two Parish Vitality Coordinators, Anne Chrzan from vicariate two and Nicholas Carlson from vicariate five, spoke about how they are helping parishes in their respective vicariates with the renewal process. The two-day Renew My Church Summit stressed the importance of creating a culture of evangelization and offered next steps. Visit to find out more about the Evangelization Days and Taste of Alpha opportunities available in each vicariate being offered in the coming weeks and months.

ALPHA and Renew My Church Summit

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Host Beth White and Co-Host Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship were joined by Javier Castillo, Lifelong Formation Coordinator for Vicariate IV, and Chelsea Piper, Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Together, they discussed their experience of participating in an ALPHA pilot program hosted over the summer at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centers. ALPHA is an evangelization tool that, if used well and with intention, can help parishes create an evangelizing culture. Fr. Peter Wojcik, Director of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, and Marco Oropeza, Chief Programs Officer, joined the conversation for the second half of the show. They shared information about the upcoming Renew My Church Summit that will take place October 1-2 as well as their experience in participating in the ALPHA Pilot.

Welcoming Young Catholics to College

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
In the next few weeks, many of our young adults are returning to college or heading there for the first time. What kind of support will they encounter at college that will help them take on a mature faith? Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, spoke to three ministers from very different schools. She was joined by Becca Siar, Director of Campus Ministry from Saint John Paul II Newman Center at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC): Dr. Mary Deeley, Pastoral Associate from the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University; and Joshua Smyser-DeLeon, University Minister from Catholic Campus Ministry at DePaul University. They shared the many creative ways in which they intentionally reach out to Catholic students and non-Catholic students and how they work to form relationships and empower student leaders to share their faith with others. Please listen to this very hopeful, inspiring conversation.

Evangelization 101

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
How would you describe evangelization? How is it distinct from catechesis? How is it related to adult formation? Do we go door-to-door? These and many other questions about the basics of evangelization were discussed by the members of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship – Host Beth White, and Evangelization Coordinators, Jenn Delvaux and Jose Coronel. The second half of the show was dedicated to good books to add to your summer reading list that will help listeners better understand the evangelization efforts in the Archdiocese of Chicago – Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell, Divine Renovation by Fr. James Mallon, and The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. The first book offers insight into the individual journey to God, the second provides direction on how to create communities that help people encounter Jesus and grow as disciples, and the last book offers us Pope Francis’s vision for evangelization in today’s world.

Summer Evangelizing and New Learnings

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Each summer, parish communities throughout the Archdiocese host Theology on Tap talks and discussions for young adults at local bars, restaurants and other gathering spaces. Eric Wandry, Senior Coordinator for Young Adult Engagement, joined co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship to discuss the upcoming season of Theology on Tap and the kickoff event on Monday, June 25th at The Fremont in Chicago. The event will feature Father Tom Rosica and Father Rob Galea, a priest who auditioned for Australia’s X-Factor and became an internet sensation. In addition to hearing about Father Rob’s journey, he will also perform live. To register for the kickoff or to learn more about Theology on Tap, visit The second half of the show featured Ryan Lents, Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity and Susan Amann, Associate Director of the Office of Lifelong Formation. Ryan, Susan, Jenn and Beth discussed the Divine Renovation 2018 Conference they attended in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 11-13 and the ways in which their learnings will help the Renew My Church process in the Archdiocese.

Encounter and Accompaniment

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Sr. Dominga Zapata, SH, and Ms. Elisabeth Roman joined co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship to discuss V Encuentro. Sr. Dominga and Ms. Roman shared information about the Quinto Encuentro process that has taken place in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago over the last few years. As part of a national effort to reach out to Hispanic Catholics with a priority on evangelizing, delegates will be going to a national gathering in the fall to share their grass-roots learnings. The second half of the show was dedicated to spiritual accompaniment/direction and prayer opportunities. Dr. Mary Amore, Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries, shared information on how to find a spiritual director and some exciting workshops in fall of 2018, including a one-day gathering in October with spiritual writer, Fr. Ron Rolheiser. For more information, visit

Evangelizing through Holiness

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Pope Francis released his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), focused on the call to holiness in today’s world. Co-hosts Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, and Jenn Delvaux, Evangelization Coordinator, discussed with guests the role of holiness in evangelization. Fr. Robin Ryan, CP, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union (CTU), shared the ways in which this latest teaching is vintage Pope Francis. His focus in the document on “middle class holiness,” importance of community, and evangelization through attraction, are all themes intended for all of us. Fr. Steve Katsouros, SJ, Dean and Executive Director at Arrupe College, Loyola University Chicago, joined the conversation. He shared how the document reflects the Ignatian influences in the Pope and explored the themes of discernment, prayer, and Spiritual Direction.

Beauty, Music, and Film

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Host Beth White, Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, and co-host Jennifer Delvaux, Evangelization Coordinator, discussed the role of beauty in our faith. Beth spoke with Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, about the power and importance of music in our liturgy and faith lives. Wendy shared how music is chosen for liturgies and the ability of music to convey beliefs and theological ideas in a way that people can understand. Jenn Delvaux spoke with Eric Groth, an executive producer of Paul: Apostle of Christ, opening the weekend of March 23-25. Eric shared his belief in the need for high quality, impactful media to support ministry and convey our faith to the broader culture. In addition, Eric shared about the themes and goals of his film making in general, along with the specific messages found in the Paul film. Details on the film can be found at

Lent with CRS and Fr. James Martin

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowls are a common part of parish life during Lent. This month’s show focused on CRS, Rice Bowls, and the special events with Fr. James Martin. Host Beth White and co-host Jenn Delvaux spoke with Beth Knobbe from the Midwest office of CRS. Beth Knobbe shared the history and mission of CRS along with the impact the Rice Bowls have on the world and our Archdiocese. All the many resources CRS offers for Lent were highlighted – from prayers to recipes to reflections to videos. Fr. James Martin, S.J., joined the show for the last half hour and shared about his writings and talks on Jesus and The Seven Last Words. He gave an excellent teaser for his two talks on March 22 and 23 at Holy Name Cathedral on Encountering Jesus: Meeting the Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History and Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.

Happenings in the Archdiocese

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
On February 10, 2018, Catechists from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will gather at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus for the Chicago Faith Congress: Reignite the Journey sponsored by the Office for Lifelong Formation. Co-hosts, Beth White and Jennifer Delvaux, interviewed Susan Amann, Associate Director of the Office for Lifelong Formation, about this upcoming opportunity and how to get involved. They also discussed other Lenten opportunities for young adults. Fr. Jason Malave, Cardinal’s Delegate for Renew My Church, joined the program to discuss updates on the Renew My Church process. He shared the three themes that have emerged over the last six months – Making Disciples, Building Communities, Inspiring Witness. He also talked about how our restructuring of our parishes is at the service of the mission to reach outward and evangelize.

New Year’s Resolutions: Scripture and Prayer

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The New Year approaches and many of us consider the possibilities for New Year’s Resolutions. This month’s show brought the staff of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship together to talk about prayer, scripture, and how we can use those New Year’s resolutions to draw closer to Jesus. Co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux were joined by Fr. Jim McIlhone, Director of Biblical Formation. Jenn and Fr. Jim discussed the up-coming Word Made Clear virtual Bible Study that will begin in January. You can register for the series here. In addition to the virtual study, Fr. Jim and Jenn discussed the events on January 22 and 25 that are opportunities to hear a presentation from Fr. Jim and learn more about the virtual study. They discussed how this is an opportunity to learn more about scripture, about Jesus, and draw closer in your relationship with Jesus. Other tools for prayer and exploring scripture were shared including online resources, apps for your phone, and what different religious communities offer.

Advent: Reaching out to our brothers and sisters

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, externally and internally. This month’s show focused on the common themes of the season – prayer, gift-giving, music, and traditions – through the lens of evangelization. Co-hosts Beth White and Jenn Delvaux were joined by Beth Knobbe, Midwest Region Relationship Manager for Catholic Relief Services, who shared the various Advent activities and prayer resources available through the CRS website: In addition to prayer resources and activities, Beth offered ethically produced gift ideas, which offer an opportunity for story-telling and faith conversations this season. The full gift guide and information about how your gift purchase will make a real impact can be found here: David Anderson, Vice President of Church Music for GIA Music and Director of Music for Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, spoke about music, Taizé prayer, and the power of silence during this season of Advent. He encouraged listeners to use opportunities like Taizé prayer to invite friends, family, and colleagues to an experience of prayer. The final portion of the show was dedicated to the Mexican tradition of the Los Posadas – the ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a lodging in Bethlehem. Jose Torres from the Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity’s Immigration Ministry gave an overview of this rich tradition. Jose was joined by Cecelia who is part of the planning team for the upcoming 12th annual Posada, which is dedicated to the Dreamers here in the Archdiocese on December 15th. More information can be found here:

Encounter and Belonging: Ways to Reach Outward

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, was joined by three guests to discuss upcoming opportunities in the Archdiocese in which we can invite others and engage in our faith. The first guest was Andrae Goodnight who is starring in Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a riveting new multi-media drama that will take audiences through the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first Black Catholic priest in the United States. Mr. Goodnight shared that the play will journey through the places that were important to Fr. Tolton, starting with the Chicago area, which has a role of honor in his ministry and life. For more information about where the play is being hosted and how to get tickets, visit Fr. Peter Wojcik, Director of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, and Jennifer Delvaux, Evangelization Coordinator for the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, spoke about (re)ENCOUNTER, the young adult gathering that is taking place on Friday, October 20 at UIC Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. The event will have great music, wonderful speakers, and an opportunity to worship. Fr. Peter spoke about how and why Mr. Mark Wahlberg is participating in the evening with Cardinal Cupich and ideas on how you can engage the young adults in your life. For more information on the event and how to get tickets, visit Ms. Delvaux and Fr. Wojcik also spoke about the new online tool that will be introduced at (re)ENCOUNTER – Here, young adults will be able to find opportunities to engage in the Church and find where they can belong. It is a tool that will grow over time.

Reaching Out to Young Adults

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, spoke to two people involved in the upcoming (re)ENCOUNTER: Young Adult Faith Night. Sr. Bethany Madonna from the Sisters of Life will be one of two keynote speakers and she shared the hunger that young adults have for God. Fr. Brad Zamora from the University of St. Mary of the Lake also joined the conversation. Fr. Brad is on the Youth and Young Adult Steering Committee of the Archdiocese and will be one of the emcees for (re)ENCOUNTER. He gave the background of the event and who else will be joining him on stage – and made a big announcement about our celebrity guest! Beth White also spoke with Cheryl Haluczek from St. Joseph’s in Libertyville and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship about the “Six Weeks with the Word of God” young adult series. In response to a very successful Theology on Tap, a fall opportunity was created to offer young adults a way to engage the Bible and talk about their faith. Cheryl, who will be a facilitator of one of the nine groups around the Archdiocese, shared how important it is to offer these opportunities beyond the city of Chicago. Jenn who is on the organizing team gave an overview of the new six-week faith sharing groups and how to get involved. For those interested in joining or sharing this information with the young adults in your life, visit or

Listening, Responding, and Inviting

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, was joined by three guests who each talked about how important it is to listen to the needs of those to whom you minister and to find creative ways to respond to those needs. A common theme of the conversation was how important it is to invite people to participate – to find them where they are. Deacon Larry Oskielunas from St. Patrick Parish in Lemont provided information on an important ministry he created, NEXT, to help accompany young married couples in his parish. Michelle Shaffer, the director of evangelization and adult faith formation at Holy Cross in Deerfield, spoke about her successful use of the ALPHA program and how she created follow up opportunities based on participants’ curiosity. Jennifer Delvaux, former director of faith formation at Holy Name Cathedral and new evangelization coordinator for the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, shared the importance of helping to form and provide support for those called into parish leadership roles. For more information on the NEXT program, please contact Deacon Larry directly at [email protected]

Summer Evangelization Efforts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Host Beth White, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, was joined by three guests who talked about summer evangelization activities in the Archdiocese. Tom Collins, a parishioner from St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge, spoke about their parish efforts to have a joyful presence in their community through an “evangelization booth” at the Taste of Park Ridge and “Coffee with Catholics” conversations he started this summer at a local coffee shop. Valerie Jennings, Parish Vitality Coordinator for Vicariate 6, shared some experiences from the Black Catholic Congress XII and promoted an upcoming play about the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton. And the final guest was Christina Aranda, Mission Appeals Coordinator, for the Archdiocesan Mission Office. She shared information about the more than 150 missionaries who visit our parishes during the summer and the ways this reminds us to be missionary disciples and to evangelize in our own communities.
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