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The Feminine Genius Podcast
A podcast that celebrates women of God and their unique genius.
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Finding Joy in Trials and Infertility — with Hannah Marks
"I never knew what it was like to have my faith tested until we started down the infertility road." In the midst of Hannah Marks' struggles with miscarriage and infertility, she asked how God could allow such suffering in her life. But God persisted and continued to shower His love over her, and this renewed her love and faith in Him. Hannah's desires for motherhood did not go unanswered. Not only is Hannah the mother of a beautiful girl through adoption, but she also was a spiritual mother to other women who found themselves in similar situations. In this episode, Hannah and I talk about her struggles with infertility, the adoption of her daughter Amelia, and why she's having the hard conversations about infertility. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-53-finding-joy-in-trials-and-infertility Learn more about and follow Hannah on Instagram @littlewayofjoy, and be sure to read more of her writing and heart on her website, https://littlewayofjoy.home.blog. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Sep 21, 2020
Working in Partnership with God — with Claudine Noel
"I think when God puts an idea in your heart or has a purpose for your life, He gives you the resources to make it happen." When she looks back on her journey, Claudine Noel can see the ways in which God's hand was at work. Claudine was raised Protestant and was on course to practice obstetrics. In the midst of a difficult season, the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and a walk through a garden was the start of a journey that led to her conversion to the Catholic faith. Today, Claudine works as a physician in preventative and occupational medicine and helps women get unstuck through her coaching practice, Feminine Genius Coaching. In this episode, Claudine and I talk about her story of conversion back to the Catholic faith, what drove her to practice medicine, and how she helps women become unstuck with the help of the feminine genius. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-52-working-in-partnership-with-god Learn more about Claudine and Feminine Genius Coaching by checking out her website, https://www.femininegeniuscoaching.com/, and by following her on Instagram and Facebook, @femininegeniuscoaching. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Sep 14, 2020
Planting Seeds That Bear Good Fruit — with Rachel Smith
"It's so wild when you say 'yes' and you let Him in and you just let Him lead, because His plans are so much greater than our own." As Rachel Smith went through her young adult life, she thought that she had everything figured out. But she noticed was that while things were going well in her life, there was still something missing. It wasn't until she was on a packed commuter train on the way to work when she started asking the tough questions. This led her to seek truth about the Catholic faith that she grew up in. When she discovered God in a personal way, Rachel saw that God had big plans not only for her life but for the lives of those around her. In this episode, Rachel and I talk about what led her to ask the tough questions, the origins of her podcast To Grow Good, and how a conversation with her grandfather helped her to see God’s greater purpose in life. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-51-planting-seeds-that-bear-good-fruit Please be sure to listen and subscribe to To Grow Good wherever you listen to your podcasts! You can learn more by checking out https://togrowgood.com and on Instagram, @togrowgood. Rachel was kind enough to host me on To Grow Good! Here is the episode in which I share my own faith and conversion story: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0rh4WZhEqqdTAsaFX2gI3q?si=cZiJ31iBRly29IqmVWr_PQ Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Sep 8, 2020
Glorifying God with a Joyful Noise — with Amanda Vernon
"I definitely believed that I could be in front of people, say things and sing things in a way that would reach their hearts." Amanda Vernon is a singer-songwriter and author who knew from a young age that she had a gift. The experiences growing up listening to gospel spirituals and the encouragement of people around her gave her the inspiration and courage to launch into a full-time ministry of writing music, performing and speaking about God's love to crowds big and small. Along with that, Amanda also travels around sharing her vocation story with others—a story with twists and turns that ultimately helped her to embrace who she is today. In this episode, Amanda and I talk about her music and ministry, the graces she received through co-authoring a book with her best friend, and the ways she glorifies God with a joyful noise. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-50-glorifying-god-with-a-joyful-noise Learn more about Amanda by checking out her website, https://www.amandavernon.com! From there, you can learn about her book and music. When God Wrecks Your Romance: https://www.amandavernon.com/whengodwrecksyourromance Music: https://www.amandavernon.com/albums Support Amanda as a patron: https://www.amandavernon.com/patron A HUGE thank you to Kristina Fahey from Amanda's team for helping us get this interview together! Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Aug 31, 2020
Capturing All of Life's Moments — with Genesis Castillo
"I really wanted other families to know that their family is unique, they have these unique relationships and quirks, and I really want them to have a record of that." As a nurse, Genesis Castillo has worked with a diverse range of human experience. She currently works in labour and delivery, and has prior experience working with the sick and the dying as a medical surgical nurse. When she's not helping others through her nursing vocation, Genesis seeks to capture milestones and the in-between life moments as a documentary family photographer. In this episode, we talk about the work Genesis does as a nurse, how she got into documentary photography, and the call within a call that she's found in her marriage vocation. Here are the show notes for this week. I've also included the photo Genesis mentioned that she captured of her nephew. The photo is adorable! You can check that out here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-49-capturing-all-of-lifes-moments Be sure to check out Genesis' photography on her website, https://genesisdarwin.com and by following her on Instagram, @genesis.darwin. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Aug 24, 2020
The Beauty of Our Divine Design — with Sabina Kasprzak
"I think there's a certain obligation to design clothes that really serve women: that accentuate their feminine genius and their divine design." From the moment she saw models walking down the runway on the TV, Sabina Kasprzak knew that she wanted to design clothes as well. But after a change in plans and even a break from designing, Sabina never would have thought that she would be designing beautiful dresses and gowns for women. In fact, she's seen her designs come alive and is always moved by how a dress can enhance a woman's inherent beauty. In this episode, Sabina and I talk about her faith and fashion journey, the importance of modesty in our clothing choices, and how a change in plans ultimate led Sabina to launch her own brand, House of Ladey. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-48-the-beauty-of-our-divine-design Learn more about House of Ladey by checking out their website, houseofladey.com, and by following them on Instagram, @houseofladey. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Aug 17, 2020
You Are Made For Greater — with Jazmin De Guzman
"He said, 'I need you and I want you to just bring forth that ministry out into the world that really needs you the most.'" With those words from the Lord, Jazmin De Guzman was sent out with a mission. Through her work and art, she wanted to inspire others around her to aspire for greatness. Jazmin took her experience in ministry and her love for art and turned it into Made For Greater, a brand with a vision to let others know that they too are made for greatness. In this episode, we talk to Jazmin about her time serving in various church ministries, the inspiration behind Made for Greater, and how she’s encouraging other creatives to make beautiful art to advance the kingdom of God. Here are this week's show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-47-you-are-made-for-greater Learn more about Made For Greater by checking out https://madeforgreater.co/ and follow them on Instagram, @madeforgreater. You can learn more about The Creation Project and follow along with future sessions on Instagram, @the.creationproject. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Aug 10, 2020
Sharing the Beauty of the Journey — with Sr. Mary Sabina, OP
"He's using every step in the journey, and He will take whatever happens and weave it into our story in a beautiful way." When Sr. Mary Sabina, OP, first encountered religious sisters, she turned and ran the other way! But little did she know that this would be the first of many encounters with sisters that would eventually lead her to join the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. As part of this teaching order, Sr. Mary Sabina lives with three other Dominican sisters in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, where they teach at different Catholic schools. She also leads a women's discernment group and journeys with young women as they discern their vocation. In this episode, we talk to Sr. Mary Sabina about her discernment and vocation story, what it’s like to accompany other women in their discernment, and the beauty she’s found in spiritual motherhood. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-46-sharing-the-beauty-of-the-journey Learn more about the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia by checking out their website, https://www.nashvilledominican.org/. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Aug 3, 2020
Sharing the Good News — with Kara Dixon
"Being in news has really shown me how to not be afraid, to really take advantage of every opportunity and love people and treat people with respect." Many people may know Kara Dixon from the news reporting she does on TV. Other people may see her serving the poor or teaching religious education with other members of her church community. But no matter what she does, Kara sees the importance of bearing the love of God to others - to be His hands and feet in the world and share the good news. In this episode, we talk to Kara about how she got into her news, the importance of serving others through the Church, and what the Black Catholic community has taught her about hospitality and welcoming others. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-45-sharing-the-good-news Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Jul 27, 2020
A Call Through Relationship and Community — with Sr. John Mary, FSE
"Over time, I realized that the love that I saw within my parents' relationship and the goodness and the joy, I was starting to experience through the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, who became my sisters." Sr. John Mary, FSE, is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist missioned to the Archdiocese of Vancouver. With a background as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a lot of Sr. John Mary's work focuses on helping others and sharing God's love with all she meets. It's no wonder, then, that she is part of a vibrant community of sisters who work and serve in all facets of society. In this episode, we talk to Sr. John Mary about the impact her parents' marriage had on her upbringing, her vocation story, and how she and her fellow sisters strive to bring the sacred into the secular. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-44-a-call-through-relationship-and-community To learn more about the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, you can check out their website: https://fsecommunity.org/ Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Jul 20, 2020
You Have a Story Worth Telling — with Caroline Owens
"My story is simple, it hasn't had many crosses, but it is still something that can bring encouragement to other people." How many times has this thought echoed through your mind: "My story is too simple to be shared"? For Caroline Owens, she thought that since she didn't have a radical conversion that she wouldn't be able to relate to others. But through the grace of God and saying yes to His plans for her life, she boldly shares her faith and inspires other women to do the same. Caroline is the host of the podcast She Believed, and she loves talking to other women about the promises that God has fulfilled in their lives — even if it's drastically different from what they envisioned. In this episode, Caroline shares her own journey of faith, why she launched She Believed, and the importance of telling your story no matter how ordinary you may feel it is. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-43-you-have-a-story-worth-tel…
Jul 13, 2020
Bringing Sunday into Monday — with Jane Kennedy
"We're meant to be a missionary people. He will always equip you for the places He will call you." Jane Kennedy has always been filled with great expectations and ideas for projects. Despite all the ideas, she noticed that sometimes the spirit would fizzle out before they could even get going. But the launch of The SundayMonday was different: She wasn't rushed, she felt at peace, and she let God lead her throughout the process. Her goal with this new platform is to help other young Catholic women like herself working in the secular world. Jane wants to inspire other women to bring their whole selves to their workplaces and allow God to set them ablaze wherever they may be. In this episode, we talk about how Jane is bringing about change in the work she does, what inspired The SundayMonday, and how we can tell if the evil one is trying to lead us astray. Here are the show notes for this weeks' episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-42-bringing-sunday-into-monday L…
Jul 6, 2020
Leading Others to Jesus Through Scripture — with Jenna Violi
"I feel like if we can understand scripture better before we walk in on Sunday, it's going to keep us more engaged." Once Jenna Violi joined a bible study group and she started to delve into scripture, her life was changed. Even more, the way that she viewed the mass changed and she started to really engage with what she was hearing. Now, Jenna brings this same love of the Gospel and relationship with Jesus to her high school students as a theology teacher as well as to the mass as a music minister and cantor. In this episode, I talk to Jenna about how she came to fall in love with scripture, what it's like to teach theology to girls in high school, and how she came to start her podcast, A Shower of Roses. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-41-leading-others-to-jesus-through-scripture Be sure to listen to A Shower of Roses wherever you listen to your podcasts! You can learn more about the show at their website, https://…
Jun 29, 2020
A Bride of Christ in the World — with Erin Kinsella
"Anybody that God has entrusted to me to care for...it's looking at reverence in the human person in such a way that when I encounter them, that they're encountering that mercy, that tenderness, that beauty of God, which is a real gift to participate in." After taking steps to follow Christ more intentionally and putting aside her dreams to become a renowned virologist, Erin Kinsella thought that her vocation was to the religious life. But as she pursued Jesus in this vocation, things weren't totally falling into place the way that she would have liked. As it turned out, Erin had been set apart by God, and this led her to explore the vocation of consecrated virginity. In this episode, we talk to Erin about her background in science, her beautiful and amazing vocation story, and what it means to image the Church in the world as a Bride of Christ. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-40-a-bride-of-christ-in-the-world Erin r…
Jun 22, 2020
Christ, Coffee, and Conversations — with Emi Namoro & Maggie Orcullo
"It felt so natural to combine all of the good things in life — Christ, coffee, conversations." These three things, plus the deep friendship shared by Emi Namoro and Maggie Orcullo, make up Immaculatte. After reconnecting through a class and serving in ministry together, Emi and Maggie decided to take their ministry callings one step further to create Immaculatte, which serves as a ministry for young women of all stages of life who live in the Lower Mainland (or Vancouver, for all the out of towners listening!). Every month, women gather together in a coffee shop to meet, talk, and pray together. In this episode, we talk about how Emi and Maggie came to meet each other, the story behind Immaculatte, and the importance of sisterhood in a woman's life. Here are the show notes for this episode: If you want to learn more about the Immaculatte and stay up to date with their events, you can follow them on Instagram @theimmaculatte. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott…
Jun 15, 2020
Sharing Jesus with a Smile — with Emily Potusek
"There's this motivation inside of me that's saying no, I want to go to work. I want to help people. This is where I'm needed the most - why would I back down now?" This is the courage that Emily Potusek has found from her trust in the Lord. As a nurse who works with patients in the COVID-19 cohort, Emily's work looks a lot different now as she takes on new skills to help her fellow nurses and staff as they help others. But all the while, Emily is convicted in this mission that God has entrusted her with — one that helps people in their time of suffering and need. In this episode, I talk to Emily about how she got into nursing, how her faith continues to strengthen her, and what the reason is behind her radiant smile. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-38-sharing-jesus-with-a-smile Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Jun 8, 2020
An Instrument of God's Healing — with Dior Krolak
"I feel love for all my patients, but particularly for this population I just have such a heart for them." Dior Krolak always knew that she wanted to help people, but after deciding to surrender her own plans to the Lord and a placement as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic, Dior's eyes were opened to a field that would eventually become her career. As a practicing physiotherapist in Ottawa, Dior has a particular interest in treating the pelvic floor, a sometimes overlooked but very important part of the body! In this episode, we talk to Dior about her journey to her career in physiotherapy, the link that she encountered between pelvic floor physio and Theology of the Body, and what it's like to be a Catholic health care practitioner in a secular workplace. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-37-an-instrument-of-gods-healing Be sure to follow Dior Krolak on Instagram, @dior.physio! Our theme music is called "Our B…
Jun 1, 2020
One Year of The Feminine Genius!
St. Irenaeus once said, "The glory of God is man fully alive." This past year has been such a beautiful testament to God's love, the power of saying yes, and what it means to live in the fullness of our identity. As we celebrate the one year anniversary of The Feminine Genius Podcast, I take some time to reflect on the adventure that we've been on this year, three lessons that God helped me to see, and what's next for the podcast. When we live in the fullness of God's light and plan for us, we will set the world ablaze. This is only the beginning, and I'm so thankful for what's to come! Thank you for your support and love! Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-36-the-feminine-genius-podcast-turns-1-today Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
May 25, 2020
Loving and Growing in Spiritual Motherhood — with Sr. Joyce Bermejo, FMA
"Grace builds on nature, so you have to know yourself first as a human being and then you can work on the spiritual stuff." This was advice that Sr. Joyce Bermejo, FMA, received as she journeyed through her faith life and heard the call to become a religious sister. Sr. Joyce spent a lot of her adolescent life in the service of others, and while she was in post-secondary she had plans to become a teacher. But the Lord took her desires and stretched them even more. On August 5, 2018, she made professions as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, also known as a Salesian Sister. in this episode, we follow Sr. Joyce on her faith and discernment journey, what drew her to the Salesian community, and how this vocation allowed for her to grow in the virtue of spiritual motherhood. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-35-loving-and-growing-in-spiritual-motherhood Want to learn more about the Salesian Sisters? You can visit the fo…
May 18, 2020
Serving Others on the Front Lines — with Jenny Lam
"I've found so much passion in just getting to know people and caring for them at their most vulnerable times." Jenny Lam serves all walks of life as they come through the emergency room as a nurse. She has the opportunity to celebrate new life and comfort those as they take their final breaths. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Jenny has witnessed firsthand the destruction the pandemic can cause, but also the good that can come when we all work together. In this episode, we talk about how she got into nursing, how she’s seen her faith grow in her work, and what it’s like to be working the front lines in the midst of a serious pandemic. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-34-serving-others-on-the-front-lines Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes. This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, but from a distance!
May 11, 2020
Our Stories, God's Victory — with Heather Khym
"What if I'm standing in the way of something God wants to do?" This was the question that Heather Khym was confronted with when asked if she would ever consider starting a podcast. Years later, she is a co-host of the very popular and successful show Abiding Together with Michelle Benzinger and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. Throughout her life, Heather has seen the ways that God has used her yes for something beautiful. In this episode, I talk to Heather about her personal faith journey, how Abiding Together came to be, and her conviction in the fact that God will always use our stories for His victory. Here are the show notes for this week: https://soundcloud.com/femininegeniuspodcast/episode-33-our-stories-gods-victory Be sure to listen and subscribe to Abiding Together wherever you listen to your podcasts, and you can learn more about the show at their website, https://abidingtogetherpodcast.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Learn more about L…
May 4, 2020
Choosing Grit in the Face of Suffering — with Carrie Schuessler
"I felt like there was a need for a space that's honest about suffering but also has hope and can show the good in the midst of that." Carrie Schuessler always had a desire to encourage and help people, but the path that the Lord set her on probably came as a surprise to her. After she experienced some major health issues during her time in university, she took a step back and tried to find God in her suffering. Together, Carrie and I talk about how she came to encounter God through her suffering, how she came to start her podcast I Choose Grit, and the ways in which she's learning to live with an illness and not letting that stop her from living her life to the full. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-32-choosing-grit-in-the-face-of-suffering Be sure to listen to "I Choose Grit" wherever you listen to your podcasts, and you can read more of her writing by checking out her blog, https://ichoosegrit.com. Our theme music…
Apr 27, 2020
Meeting God in Our Life's Journey — with Meg Hunter-Kilmer
"One of the most important things that I've learned in years of false starts is that God is not a God of destinations, He is a God of the journey." Meg Hunter-Kilmer is a missionary who lives out her calling in a unique way. She heard God call her to pack up all her belongings, live in her car, and spread the good news. To anyone watching from the outside, this is a life that is beyond imagineable or bearable, and yet for Meg, God has provided and cared for her for years. She travels around the world, speaking to various audiences and groups about God's love, the communion of saints, and so many other things. In this episode, we talk about how she became a hobo missionary, her affinity and vast knowledge of the saints, and God has ravished her heart despite things not turning out the way she may have originally thought. You can read more of Meg's writing by checking out her blog, https://piercedhands.com. She also has a podcast, Hobo for Christ, which you can find on Spotify and where…
Mar 25, 2020
Mary's Fiat, Our Fiat
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” These are the beautiful words from Luke 1:38, the Gospel passage which depicts the events of the Feast of the Annunciation. It can be so easy to let these words wash over us and just accept them at face value. But have you ever considered the fact that Mary, before the Angel Gabriel appeared before her, already had plans for an ordinary life with her husband to be, Joseph? But Mary, seeing that she had found favour in God, cast aside her plans and trusted that God had something greater for her. In short, she allowed for the salvation of the world to be born in her womb. On this episode, I take some time to break down this beautiful story and reflect on what it means to give our whole selves — our fiat — to God. Here are the show notes for this episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-30-mary-s-fiat-our-fiat All this talk about Mary's Fiat has me thinking of the theme song from 2…
Mar 23, 2020
This is The Feminine Genius Podcast
Welcome to The Feminine Genius Podcast, a podcast that celebrates all women of God and their unique genius. This podcast is inspired by the writings of Pope John Paul II on the genius of women, and is hosted by Rachel Wong.
Mar 16, 2020
The Creative Pursuit of Holiness — with Erin Tablizo
"If I'm confident in my identity, then I think I'd be confident in what I do for Him." For Erin Tablizo, her relationship with Christ has always revolved around seeking what her true identity is. Over the years, she's developed her gifts and talents as a photographer and a content creator, but most importantly as a daughter of the King. As she grew in her confidence and identity, she saw how her talents grew as well. This landed her with many opportunities to work with different brands and start a popular Instagram account where she shares reflections and struggles in her faith. In this episode, Erin talks about how she got into photography, how she finds the balance between her freelance and evangelization work, and the constant reminder that if Jesus is King, then we are His princesses. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-29-the-creative-pursuit-of-holiness You can follow her on Instagram @praywitherin and please do ch…
Mar 2, 2020
God the Ultimate Designer — with Mariel Pahayahay
"Because of other people's confidence in sharing their work, especially Catholic creatives, that legitimized my discernment and what I wanted to do as a graphic designer." As a graphic designer and artist, Mariel Pahayahay had aspirations of designing for big brands like Nike. But as she worked on her craft, she began to crave more for her art; particularly, more meaning and depth. When Mariel saw that her art could be used as a vessel for evangelization, she dove even deeper into projects for herself, for others, and most importantly, for the glory of God's kingdom. In this episode, we talk about how Mariel first realized she had this gift, new store, and how she's leaned into her feminine genius through her art. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-28-god-the-ultimate-designer You can follow Mariel Pahayahay on Instagram @marielsfieldkit, and you can check out her work (and order a piece for yourself!)on her website, https://www.…
Feb 17, 2020
A Discernment Crash Course — with Sr. Helena Burns, FSP (Part 2)
"Let God in and He will help you with your priorities and help you to love yourself and love others and know your vocation." In part two of my conversation with Sr. Helena Burns of the Daughters of St. Paul, we continue to talk about both the feminine and masculine genius through the lens of Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body as well as something all people will face at some point in their lives: discernment! As a regional vocational directress, Sr. Helena speaks to many young people on this topic and sheds some light on what our posture should be when it comes to approaching God and our vocation. Here are the show notes for this week: https://femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-27-part-2-a-discernment-crash-course You can follow Sr. Helena Burns on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and you can also check out her blog, https://hellburns.com. To learn more about the Daughters of St. Paul, you can visit their website, https://pauline.org. On this website, you can learn more…
Feb 10, 2020
From Radical to Theology of the Body Feminism — with Sr. Helena Burns, FSP (Part 1)
"There's a big ultimate reality that human beings were created for and we're able to know, of all creation, we can know more. We can know God. We have a God Consciousness." In this special two part episode, I sit down with Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, a Daughter of St. Paul living and serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Growing up, Sr. Helena was a self-proclaimed radical feminist on track to become an ornithologist, but God had other plans for her. After experiencing God's love and presence as a teenager, she felt God calling her to become a nun. The rest, you could say, is history. In part one of our conversation, Sr. Helena shares the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul and what drew her to it, her personal faith journey, and how she went from being a radical feminist to Theology of the Body (TOB) feminist. Please stay tuned for part two of our conversation! Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-27-part-1-from-radical-to-t…
Jan 27, 2020
Surrendering Our Isaac — with Colleen Umali
Colleen Umali's plan was simple enough: medical school. But the Lord had other plans and started to ask her to give more of herself. While Colleen was able to give her 'yes' in different aspects of her life, the one thing she still held on tightly to was her career and future plans. Through this process and God's pursuit, Colleen saw that once she surrendered to Him, He made everything work in her life. She landed a job at STEMCELL Technologies and even found a way to integrate some of her other interests, like photography, into her current work. In our conversation, we talk about Colleen's faith journey, the unnecessary conflict between faith and science, and how she's seen her feminine genius grow throughout her own life. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-26-surrendering-our-isaac Learn more about the work and research that Colleen does at STEMCELL by checking out their website, https://stemcell.com. Check out Colleen's photo…
Jan 13, 2020
Finding What's Possible with God — with Lisa Canning
"It is one of the most fulfilling parts of my work, to be able to speak hope into moms and also give practical, tangible solutions." Lisa Canning now has a very unique mission. As The Possibility Mom, she coaches women around the world on how to be a great mom all while chasing your dreams. For Lisa, these two aren't mutually exclusive - however, she learned from her own experience the healthy way to do it. As a wife and mother of 8, Lisa inspires other women to achieve their full potential, while also making time for what's really important in their life. In this conversation, I got to talk to Lisa about her personal faith journey, how The Possibility Mom came to be, and how she's seen her personal feminine genius grow and develop throughout her life. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-25-finding-what-s-possible-with-god To learn more about Lisa Canning and to order your own copy of The Feminine Genius Podcast, you can…
Dec 24, 2019
Leaning Into Our Personal Feminine Genius
"You're not inadequate just because your life isn't reflected in the feed that you see in front of you." As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what I have learned from talking to so many incredible women and what I have heard from you, the listener! This podcast is the fulfillment of a dream that God placed in my heart at the beginning of 2019, and I would have never imagined that God would lead me here. As the year winds down, I reflect on the idea of living magnanimously, "one body, many parts" from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians, and how this ties into achieving our personal feminine genius. You can find the show notes for this episode here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-24-leaning-into-our-personal-feminine-genius Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and the track is called "Our Big Adventure".
Dec 16, 2019
Cultivating Good Soil for Others — with Megan Turland
"This Jesus I was reading about, He was compassionate and loving, but could He accept me?" At one point in time, Megan Turland knew that she couldn't go on living a double life. She decided at that point to step away from the faith. But through the persistence of God and a series of events that impacted Megan's life, she came face to face with the Jesus who was compassionate and loving. From that moment on, Megan made a change in her life that led her to be the wife, mother, and missionary that she is today. In our conversation, I talk to Megan about her faith journey, how being a wife and a mother inspires her, and how she cultivates good soil for others through her ministry. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-23-cultivating-good-soil-for-others Be sure to check out Megan's blog, The Good Soil, and subscribe! You can find it at https://www.thegoodsoil.ca/. You can also follow The Good Soil on Instagram @_thegoodsoil.…
Dec 2, 2019
A Vocation Dedicated to Defending Life — with Sr. Antoniana Maria, SV
"It was like this fire in my heart, I really want to do everything I can to support these women who feel like they have no other choice." Initially, Sr. Antoniana Maria thought that she would have to choose between her desire to support women and protect the unborn and her desire to give her life to Christ as a religious sister. But through a careful discernment of God's voice and embracing His love for her, Sr. Antoniana Maria saw God fuse both of these calls into one super call. Sr. Antoniana Maria is a Sister of Life, and currently serves as the Local Superior for the convent and mission in Toronto. In our conversation, we talk about the ways that God called Sr. Antoniana Maria to serve, what her mission is like as a Sister of Life, and how she sees God's love and mercy work through her own ministry and outreach. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-22-a-vocation-dedicated-to-defending-life To learn more about the Sist…
Nov 18, 2019
Co-creating Beauty with Our Lord — with Inca Siojo
"Whenever I create anything, I feel like I'm co-creating with God and I feel like He's with me." Through her artwork, Inca Siojo is not only able to experience God's beauty, but is also able to share it with others. Art has always been Inca's passion, and she's been privileged to be able to live it out through the work that she does, first at Focus on the Family and now at the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In this conversation, we talk about Inca’s love for drawing, the dreams she once had about working at Pixar, and how God brought it all together so that she could use her artwork for His glory. Check out the show notes (along with some of my personal favourites of Inca's work!) here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-21-co-creating-beauty-with-our-lord You can follow Inca on Instagram @incainks. Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is called "Our Big Adventure".
Nov 2, 2019
Living Proof of God's Perfect Love — with Camille Mendoza
"This is a sacrament, it's not business as usual." Some of the many wise words shared by Camille Mendoza during this week's episode. Camille, who recently got married to Mike, shared some of the many insights that she learned during her time as a single woman, as a woman in a Christ-centred relationship, and now as a wife. For Camille, her wedding was an opportunity for her and her husband to tell the story of God's goodness and love, and how that is present in their lives. Now, as Camille and Mike begin their life journey together as one, we talk about the importance of Christ-centred relationships and how the feminine genius helps to point everything back to God, the reason for it all. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-20-living-proof-of-gods-perfect-love To follow along on Camille's and Mike's adventures, you can check out their blog: https://mendozacollective.com/. Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is c…
Oct 26, 2019
Even in the Darkness, There is Light — with Lisa Rumpel
"Because of my vulnerability in sharing my story I am privileged to hear other people's stories." Lisa Rumpel was nothing short of open and vulnerable when it came to sharing her own faith journey and life with mental health. Despite the difficulties that she has gone through, Lisa fights through it with her faith and God's grace. Her goal is to shed light and spread hope on an often invisible and isolating battle with mental illness. Lisa does that through speaking publicly as well as blogging about it on her site, aptly named The Resilient Catholic. In our conversation, we talk about mental health from a Catholic perspective, how to understand suffering, and how we know that God loves us despite all the difficulties that we face in our day to day life. Check out this week's show notes, including Lisa's picks for mental health resources: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-19-even-in-the-darkness-there-is-light You can check out Lisa's blog, The Resilient Catholic at…
Oct 19, 2019
Pursuing God On and Offline — with Celeste Villanueva
"As much as Instagram can be used for aesthetic and beauty, it should portray something larger than yourself." Celeste Villanueva is no stranger to online personas and content creation. But as Celeste has grown in her faith, she started to question the bigger 'why' behind social media and what its potential could be. Social media, when used correctly and positively, can shed light and bring about goodness in a world that sometimes feels very negative or grim. It can also be used to lift up other people and bring joy to others, and that's what Celeste aims to do with her own content as well as that of Cursive Grace. In this episode, we talk to Celeste about intentional content on social media, the pros and cons of living in the digital age, and how we can be a light to others through our screens. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-18-pursuing-god-on-and-offline You can find Cursive Grace at their website, https://cursive…
Oct 11, 2019
God's Grace Always Reigns — with Jacqueline Loh
"He was saying, 'Jacqueline, slow down, I've got a plan for you. I've got something special I want to show you.'" Jacqueline Loh was poised to be a successful architect and work her way up the professional ladder. But like many before her, God had something else in mind, something that would take her out of her comfort zone and away from the prestige that she dreamed of. After many years of running, Jacqueline found herself stopping before God and listening to what He had to say. This led her to found Grace That Reigns, and through this she met her now partner in mission Bishop Ronald Gilmore. In our conversation, we hear about Jacqueline's story from architecture to ministry, how she came to trust the Lord, and how she - a woman from Ontario - wound up partnering with a bishop from Kansas. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/god-s-grace-always-reigns-with-jacqueline-loh To learn more about Grace That Reigns, you can check out t…
Oct 5, 2019
Living Our Best Femininity — with Angela Wong
"If we don't actually use the gifts that we have—the strengths and talents that we have as women that men might not have—it actually does a disservice to what we've been given as women." As a CCO missionary, Angela Wong has found her own unique way to grow as a missionary and meet people where they're at. Being on campus has pushed her to grow in a lot of these feminine gifts like empathy and understanding so that she can better meet people where they're at and minister to them more effectively. In this episode, we talk to Angela about owning her faith, growing in her missionary identity, and how to live our femininity to the fullest with the gifts God has given us. Here are the show notes for this week's episode here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-16-living-our-best-femininity To learn more about Catholic Christian Outreach, you can find them at https://cco.ca. Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is called "Our Big Adventure".
Sep 29, 2019
Trusting in God's Process — with Alyssa Gutierrez
"I think that pursuing such a different route demands that I trust Him more." This was Alyssa Gutierrez's reaction to a snag in her initial plans as well as pursuing a field that is radically different from what many thought she was going to pursue. Alyssa is currently a student at the University of British Columbia studying a combined major of science, consisting of computer science, life sciences, and earth sciences. She is also a very talented singer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer who began singing at the age of 3! Though she had considered pursuing music professionally at one point, she decided to pursue her interests in the sciences, knowing that God had given her these gifts and talents for a reason. We talk about her journey in music, science, and how all throughout, God has pulled it all together to help her grow as a daughter of God. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-15-trusting-in-gods-process Thanks a…
Sep 21, 2019
Building Up Leaders in Foreign Lands — with Mariel Conti
"God turned that desire around. He said, 'You want to go to Asia? Do it for me!'" Mariel Conti had always thought that she would one day vacation in Asia, but God had even bigger plans for her. This year, Mariel spent three months in Hong Kong serving with the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society. Her mission was to help build up a faith community for the English-speaking young adults who lived there. In a city that is big and fast paced, the culture definitely took some getting used to, but the one thing that kept her grounded was her faith in God. This episode features a conversation with Mariel about her desires to travel to Asia, how God challenged her, and how her surrender to the mission helped her discover the importance of community life in faith. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-14-building-up-leaders-in-foreign-lands Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is called "Our Big Adventure".
Sep 14, 2019
A Christ-Centred Classroom — with Gail Imoo
"I see myself as an instrument of God...for Him to speak His words through me." In her work as a teacher, Gail Imoo witnesses Christ to her students every day. For children who are in their critical formative years, Gail makes sure that students not only have a strong education, but also a solid relationship with God that they can continue to build as they continue to live their lives beyond the classroom. Gail has worked as a teacher in the Catholic school system for over 20 years, and also has experiences serving in youth ministry. In this episode, we talk to Gail about how she became a teacher, what she loves about the Catholic school system, and how she helps her students grow in their faith through her example. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-13-a-christ-centred-classroom Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is called "Our Big Adventure".
Sep 7, 2019
Sisterhood of Saints — St. Hildegard Von Bingen
When I studied music history, I did not enjoy learning about medieval music. I really didn't come to appreciate it until I had my reconversion back to the faith. Interestingly, I had to study some of the works by St. Hildegard von Bingen back then, and it was only while I was researching for this episode that I not only learned how to appreciate her music, but more about this extraordinary saint, mystic, and Doctor of the Church. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-12-st-hildegard-von-bingen Thanks also to Scott Holmes for our theme music, which is called "Our Big Adventure". Here is the music that was featured in this week's episode: Dee Yan-Key - "Poseidon" Hildegard von Bingen - "Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans Vite" Chad Crouch - "The Bluff Trail" Hildegard von Bingen - "Canticles of Ecstasy" Hildegard von Bingen - "O Euchari, in leta via"
Aug 17, 2019
Healing with Love and Care — with Sheena Devota
"What is it that we are called to do, and how are we called to respond to this kind of suffering?" This is a question that Sheena Devota, a nurse in Vancouver, asks herself. In a culture that is constantly tempted by death and playing God, medicine and health care are particularly tricky fields to navigate, especially if you have a Catholic faith background. But Sheena sees this challenge as an opportunity for her to live out her faith and be a witness of God's love to everyone she meets. In this episode, we talk to Sheena about what it's like to be a Catholic in the health care field, how to witness during difficult moments, and what continues to inspire her as she continues down this vocation. Here are the show notes for this week: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-11-healing-with-love-and-care Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and the track is called "Our Big Adventure".
Aug 10, 2019
Sent Forth From the Upper Room — with Nicole Schmidt
"You are so uniquely gifted, that even though you might think that someone else could do the same thing, actually no! God gave you this specific gift, and you are the only one who can give this gift to the world." After her reconversion back to the Catholic faith, Nicole Schmidt found herself opening up herself to God. This openness helped her to use her God-given talents in a variety of ways, and further helped her to grow in her value and worth as a daughter of God. In this episode, Nicole shares her faith journey, her mission with CCO in New York, and the Upper Room, a faith formation program for young people in her parish inspired by the events at Pentecost. Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-10-sent-forth-from-the-upper-room Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and it's called "Our Great Adventure".
Aug 2, 2019
Sisterhood of Saints — St. Clare Of Assisi
My full name is Rachel Clare Wong, and I've always wondered what inspired my name. Though my parents weren't quite thinking of St. Clare of Assisi, I still always felt a deep connection to this beautiful saint. As a kid, however, I wrestled with St. Clare's identity as a nun — why would anyone willingly choose to live a life of poverty and silence? It wasn't until I got much older that I came to recognize and appreciate the beauty of such a life, and what it means to really be a bride of Christ. Here are the show notes for this week's episode, along with some more resources on St. Clare of Assisi to learn more: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-9-st-clare-of-assisi Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and the track is called "Out Big Adventure". The following tracks were also used in this week's episode: "Creative Writing" by Chad Crouch "Blue Sky" by Blue Dot Sessions "Eidolon" by Scott Buckley "Childhood" by Scott Buckley
Jul 27, 2019
Following God’s Call to the Ends of the Earth — with Emma Wong
"Regardless of my vocation, I'll always be called to encounter people and help them encounter Jesus." Emma Wong definitely considered serving with NET Ministries at one point in her life, but it wasn't until she gave her yes that she realized the magnitude of it. She spent an entire year in Australia, serving the youth of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Now that she's back in town, she is a youth minister at St. Patrick's Parish in Maple Ridge. In this conversation, Emma shares her experience in Australia serving with NET Ministries, her current work as a youth minister, and how she's seen her own feminine genius grow throughout these experiences. To learn more about NET Ministries and where they serve, you can find this information and more in this week's show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-8-following-god-s-call-to-the-ends-of-the-earth Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and it's called "Our Big Adventure".
Jul 20, 2019
A Heart Set on Fire for Jesus — with Samantha Zenarosa
"I've literally heard the Lord tell me in the depths of my heart, 'I died for you. You are beautiful.'" Samantha Zenarosa's journey with the Lord is one of great adventure and romance. Though she had struggled with many lies growing up, Jesus broke into her life to show her the truth: that she is a beloved daughter of God and that she has a unique missionary identity that will help bring other people like her to Him. Sam has gone from doing outreach as a student to saying yes to being a full-time campus missionary with Catholic Christian Outreach, and she will start this September at Carleton University. In this episode, we talk to Sam about how God pursued her and gave her the strength to be who she is truly meant to be: a missionary of the truth to others. Here is the link to the show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-7-a-heart-set-on-fire-for-jesus Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes.
Jul 13, 2019
Never Too Far Gone for God — with Coral Hillier
"And I knew that choosing God would make me happier than I would ever imagine, and that there was nothingthat was worth turning away from that happiness." For Coral Hillier, she had no idea that God desired to know her and have a relationship with her — it wasn't something that was made known to her while she was growing up. But when a friend invited her to mass and Coral said yes, so many things changed for her. In just a short amount of time, Coral took a leap of faith into Catholicism and recently was baptized into the Church. In this episode, Coral shares what the road to Catholicism has been like, and where she sees how God is using her and her story for His glory. * There is a mention of sexual assault in this episode, listener discretion is advised and do take care when listening! * Here are this week's show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-6-never-too-far-gone-for-god Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and the track is called "Our Big Adventure".
Jul 6, 2019
Sisterhood of Saints — St. Maria Goretti
In grade 7 Religion class, we were all asked to pick a confirmation saint. I randomly picked St. Maria Goretti, who at the time I liked because I thought she was really pretty. Little did I know that this wasn't a random choice, and God had a plan for me all along. This is the first installment of the Sisterhood of Saints, a monthly series that will introduce you to different holy women and their stories. Keep an eye out every month for another saint! Here are the show notes for this week's episode, as well as some resources to learn more about St. Maria Goretti: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-5-st-maria-goretti Our theme music is by Scott Holmes, and the song is called "Our Big Adventure". The following tracks were also featured in this week's episode: "Delamine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Life Is" by Scott Buckley "Hymn" by Scott Buckley "She Moved Mountains" by Scott Buckley "Drift" by Scott Buckley
Jun 29, 2019
A Duet of Music and Faith — with Andrea Mesana
"The music. The melody. The words...that's what engages people. That's what causes them to stop and listen and be still." Andrea Mesana's love for music really infuses all aspects of her life. But once she saw the deeper connection that her love for music had with her faith, music took on a whole new meaning for her. Andrea lives out her charism of music through a variety of ways, from serving at mass to inspiring young people in her homegrown music studio. In this episode, we talk to Andrea about how music and faith have shaped her into the music educator and mother she is today. You can find the show notes for this week's episode here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-4-a-duet-of-music-and-faith Thanks to Scott Holmes for our theme music! This track is called "Our Big Adventure".
Jun 22, 2019
Reporting the Truth — with Agnieszka Ruck
"Through my hands, make it the story you need it to be for the people who need to read it." Whenever BC Catholic reporter Agnieszka Ruck hits writer's block, she says a quick prayer and returns the story back into God's hands. With God's steady hand writing alongside her, it's no wonder that Agnieszka's writing has always been inspiring to read! Agnieszka has been with the BC Catholic for about six years and shows no sign of slowing down. In this episode, we talk to Agnieszka about her journey with faith and journalism, and how storytelling has been her medium for glorifying God. The show notes for this week can be found here: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-3-reporting-the-truth You can read more of Agnieszka Ruck's work and read the BC Catholic online at https://bccatholic.ca. Our theme music is called "Our Big Adventure" by Scott Holmes. Chat with you next week!
Jun 15, 2019
A Voice for the Voiceless — with Irene De Souza
"I'm here to win your heart, not debates." That's how pro-life activist Irene De Souza talks about her work within the pro-life movement. Irene has worked with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) and her passion for educating others on the movement as well as alternatives to abortion started from a very young age. In this episode, we talk to Irene about how she got her start in the pro-life movement and how to overcome your fear of speaking up for the truth. *This episode contains discussion around abortion - please take care when listening and listener discretion is advised! * You can learn more about the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform by visiting their website: https://endthekilling.ca. You can read more about Irene and her work with CCBR in the show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/a-voice-for-the-voiceless Thanks to Scott Holmes for the theme music! This song is called "Our Big Adventure".
Jun 8, 2019
A Love Letter to Women
We are currently in a crisis of womenhood, in great part because we have lost our identity. For Pope St. John Paul II, the author of the 1995 Letter to Women, we must look to Jesus to find our identity and take stock of the gifts, charisms, and genius that God has blessed us with. Where is God calling you to serve and live out your charisms? Show notes: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/ep-1-a-love-letter-to-women Our theme music is provided by scottholmesmusic.com, and the track is called "Our Big Adventure". Tune in next week for a brand new episode!
May 20, 2019
Introduction: Welcome to The Feminine Genius Podcast
Welcome to The Feminine Genius Podcast, in which I share a little bit about how this podcast came to be and what to expect in coming episodes! The Feminine Genius is written, hosted, and edited by me, Rachel Wong. Our theme music is called “Our Big Adventure” by scottholmesmusic.com. Please also follow us on social media: @femgeniuspod on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Finally, please check out https://femininegeniuspodcast.com for updates and news about the podcast. We’ll chat with you soon!