Episodes
"If I can say fiat to God, I can help other women say fiat as well, not only to God but also to their God-given body." Through a track injury, an extra year of school and a presentation in a women's health course, Jamie Rathjen's life and professional path was changed. Combine all of this with a stunning invitation to give her fiat to God a few years later, and you have a champion for the dignity of women, their fertility, and their divine design. As a FertilityCare practitioner, podcaster...
Published 10/26/20
"Whenever we journey with people to Christ, we're allowing them to unfold and to bloom, and we do that in such a beautiful way as mothers." Kathleen LeBlanc is a talented singer and worship leader. She and her husband Jesse have a band called Found Together, where they share their gifts of music with listeners and help them encounter Christ through music. Alongside her identity as a musician, Kathleen is also a mother with some wonderful insights on motherhood. Through her own experiences,...
Published 10/19/20
"Whether I'm explicit with saying that Jesus is Lord or not, I need to have my identity permeate that regardless." This is the mindset that Vea Coronado brings into every interaction. Whether it's meeting a client for her business Crown and Calling, telling her husband about her day, or a quick interaction with someone on Instagram, Vea is a firm advocate for restoring human dignity. In this episode, Vea and I talk about the importance of intentional accompaniment in the work she does for...
Published 10/12/20
"It's not about the right answer, it's 'can you work on trusting yourself to realize that God is leading you through these little tugs along the way?'" Jackie Sunga is a mindset and business coach and an online business manager. In her coaching practice, she works with women to help them trust themselves, seek greater understanding of who they are, and to work with their God-given bodies and talents. After experiencing some personal adversity herself and making her own career pivot, Jackie...
Published 10/05/20
"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...
Published 09/28/20
"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...
Published 09/21/20
"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...
Published 09/14/20
"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,...
Published 09/08/20
"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...
Published 08/31/20
"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...
Published 08/24/20
"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...
Published 08/17/20
"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...
Published 08/10/20
"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....
Published 08/03/20
"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...
Published 07/27/20
"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. 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...
Published 07/20/20
"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...
Published 07/13/20
"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...
Published 07/06/20
"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...
Published 06/29/20
"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...
Published 06/22/20
"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...
Published 06/15/20
"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...
Published 06/08/20
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,...
Published 06/01/20
"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...
Published 05/25/20
"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...
Published 05/18/20
"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,...
Published 05/11/20