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the Power of Story

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Live with Pure Life

Live with Pure Life provides ongoing community connection and Faith formation. Each session is live-streamed to deliver real testimony and experience from people exploring aspects of God’s presence in our lives. Stream each episode to hear from guests, ask your questions, join in praise & worship, participate in small groups, and grow in the Catholic faith!

The Power of Story

The Power of Story is a thirteen part series that examines God’s presence weaving the narrative of your life on earth. Delve into a collection of key topics including; identity, conflict, healing, vocations, dating, sacraments, and mission.

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Kaitlyn Mathieson

 

This past Summer 2020 Kaitlyn wrote our program outline for this year which reflects her passion to empower others through the Holy Spirit to Embrace God’s Narrative in their life and own their story. Kaitlyn is in her 4th year of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Born and raised in Stratford, in her youth she attended much of FFI’s youth and young adult programming which helped form her into the disciple she is today. When not working with FFI or school she can be found making a cup of coffee settling into a good book, going on a run or with her loved ones. Inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux, Kaitlyn believes that is in and through the simple everyday moments we grow in Holiness.

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Rocco D’Oria

 

Rocco was raised Catholic but at 20 years old experienced a re-conversion to his faith through scripture and listening to podcasts. He is a Red Seal Plumber, and in school to become a high school teacher. This summer Rocco entered into the sacrament of marriage with his wife, Brittney. Rocco is passionate about helping youth discover Christ.

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2020 Episodes

Episode 1 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday September 10, 2020

Building a Foundation

 

Host: Rocco D’Oria

Guest: Isaac Longworth

 

In this episode, we talk about how having an effective prayer life and routine is essential to our faith and our life. Prayer is the foundation upon which our faith stands. As encouragement, we will be looking at prayer in its multiple forms as taught in the Catechism including; the Rosary, novenas, contemplative prayer, and journaling. Our goal is to stress the importance of prayer and give suggestions about how you can start to develop a healthy prayer life.

Episode 2 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday September 24, 2020

Rooting Your Story in Identity

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: Rachel Herbeck

 

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them…” Genesis 1:26 As beloved children of God, how we live our everyday lives, what we spend our time on and what we love is all a reflection of who we are. In prayer we centre on our relationship with God the Father – learning more about His heart and love for us. In return, God reveals to us who we are in His eyes. As St. Catherine of Siena so passionately said; “Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Thus we must come to know who we are – the truth of our masculinity and femininity in the restored lens of Our Lord so we may live in our fullest potential.

Episode 3 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday October 8, 2020

Uncovering the Rhythm

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: Katey & Steve Norman

 

“Seasons” may sound like the most cliche term referring to the differing states of life which ultimately influence our investment in personal prayer and yet it is so fitting. Our ability as self-aware and discerning Christians is to learn and recognize with humility the pattern, rhythm and themes of our lives and how they work together to be a part of our story. Learning to pray consistently through various seasons with perseverance and courage is a call to be still and be intune with the Father’s voice in the midst of everyday life.

Episode 4 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday October 22, 2020

Conflict Resolution

 

Host: Rocco D’Oria

Guest: Maria Brown and Kyle Cronin

 

Just being Christian in today’s society can, at times, feel like a constant confrontation. Being at odds with social norms is not an easy path to take, but it has been the way of the Christian for many years. Taking a look at the motivations in our own heart and the inner conflicts of our own lives can help us to seek resolution without blame. Remaining true to our faith, we will discuss how to resolve conflict with those we disagree with. We will talk about strategies on how to have these difficult discussions. We need to start from a place of humility and love and not from a place of “I am right and I have the truth”.Sharing personal experiences and stories is encouraged. Our goal is to examine our own hearts as to why we may be drawn to tough discussions and how to find a way through them that does not involve blaming.

Episode 5 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday November 12, 2020

Navigating the Highs and Lows of Life

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: Anne Marie Posella

 

Previously, we discussed the importance of being intune with the Holy Spirit in the changing seasons of life, learning to embrace the rhythm. This episode we will chat with FFI Mental Health Outreach’s Anne Marie Posella on navigating when our seasons may be particularly low; finding light and hope in the darkness and when our seasons may be particularly high; knowing that we can embrace and celebrate the good things God has done and is doing without anticipating sadness or feeling guilty or shame. We explore more about finding balance and creating space to simply be present in our everyday life for that is where we meet God. We are BODY, MIND, and SOUL.

Episode 6 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday November 26, 2020

The Role of Saints in Your Story

 

Host: Rocco D’Oria

Guest: Chris & Katie Bray

 

In this episode we discuss the role of Saints in our story. Throughout history, God has chosen prophets and saints to reveal his goodness to the world. In the saints, we see God’s peace, charity, and courage. Perhaps Jesus’ most important decision on earth, was choosing His disciples. To receive, and then spread the Gospel after his Resurrection. Being the foundation of Christianity is no small task, and the sacrifices made by the disciples are the reason we are all here today. During His time on earth, Jesus tested his disciples, to see who had true faith in his teachings. In John chapter 6, we see almost all of his disciples leave him. In our imitation of Jesus, we ask ourselves the following questions: “who have I surrounded myself with, and how crucial are they to my story?”. Furthermore, “what should I do if the people I have chosen leave me?”.

Episode 7 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday December 10, 2020

Restoring the Glory of Your Story

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: Colleen Cronin

2021 Episodes

Episode 8 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday January 14, 2021

Dating 101

 

Host: Rocco D’Oria

Guest: Elizabeth Busby

Episode 9 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday January 28, 2021

The Role of Sacraments

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: Fr. David Butler

Episode 10 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday February 11, 2021

My BIG “V” Vocational Story

Host: TBA

Guest: TBA

 

Episode 11 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday February 25, 2021

My Little “v” Vocational Story

 

Host: Rocco D’Oria

Guest: TBA

 

In this episode we discuss “Little v” Vocational decisions. Following up from our last discussion, Little v Vocations are a reference to God’s longing to be a part of the little things that we do. Bringing God into the world is not something reserved for any type of person. Whether you are a Sister or a plumber, you are called to be His voice in the world. Whether you are grocery shopping or on a mission trip, you are called to be His charity in the world. This week, we will discuss how to be God’s Hands and Feet in everything we do.

Episode 12 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday March 11, 2021

Missionary Disciples

 

Host: Maria Brown & Kyle Cronin

Guest: TBA

Episode 13 - 7:30 pm (EST) Thursday March 25, 2021

Embracing Your Story Wholeheartedly

 

Host: Kaitlyn Mathieson

Guest: TBA

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Isaac Longworth
Isaac Longworth

Isaac Longworth is a seminarian with the Companions of the Cross. He studies theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and hopes to be ordained a priest in three years. He is active in the anti-abortion movement, hosts a weekly radio show on Radio Maria, teaching people how to evangelize, and helps run various evangelical-focused retreats with his brother seminarians in Canada and the USA. In his spare time, Isaac likes to play hockey, racquetball, and volleyball, loves trying ethnic foods, and is learning how to play the cajon (pronounced cahon) and guitar.

Rachel Herbeck
Rachel Herbeck

Rachel Herbeck is a Chapter Coordinator for id (Intentional Disciples). She received her B.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016. She has worked extensively in youth ministry and she speaks to youth and young adults at retreats, conferences and events in the U.S. and Canada. Rachel is passionate about life issues and has worked for multiple pro-life and political organizations both in Minnesota and Washington, DC. Before joining the i.d.9:16 team, she worked for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, where she did outreach and lobbied on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking and preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI.

Katey and Steve
Katey & Steve Norman

Steve and Katey Norman are a married couple who seek to have Jesus at the centre of their marriage, family and ministry. Both high school chaplaincy leaders coming from prodigal journeys, they love to walk with people on the road to encountering Christ and to see the transformation that takes place when someone lets the Lord be King of their life. They have been part of several ministries and given talks across Ontario and the United States and have a hunger for evangelization. They are avid fans of good coffee, good conversation, and a good rack of ribs. You can follow them and their wild toddler Rem on Instagram @kateynorm

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Maria Brown & Kyle Cronin

Hey! My name is Maria Brown and I’m a barista at Starbucks! I just finished two years of mission with NET Canada, working on reserves with indigenous young people and recruiting new missionaries. I’m from Nova Scotia but currently living in Ottawa! I love coffee, the outdoors and my wonderful fiancé James. I’m so excited to be a part of Live with Pure Life!

Anne Marie Posella
Anne Marie Posella

Anne Marie is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Professional Counsellor, and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 10 years. She completed a Master of Arts in Theology from Catholic Distance University, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She also holds a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from St. Peter’s Institute for Ongoing Formation in the Diocese of London.

Chris and Katie Bray
Chris & Katie Bray

Chris and Katie Bray have been married for 13 years, and have 5 girls. Since 2013, Chris has been a full-time Catholic speaker and musician, presenting to tens of thousands each year at conferences, retreats, schools, and churches, and reaching millions online and through Christian radio. You can follow both their Faith/Faith/Homeschooling journey vlog #LivingTheWay on Youtube as well as Chris’ #AllThatCatholicStuff video teaching series at www.chrisbraymusic.com

Colleen Cronin
Colleen Cronin

Colleen Cronin is the founder of Mount Carmel Place of Prayer, putting her passion for prayer into action. She is the mother of 5 children and takes great pride in the evolution of her 27-year marriage to her sweetheart Mike. Colleen’s scholastic background includes mental health studies and critical stress management. Currently, she is pursuing her certificate in Spiritual Direction and leads an Unbound Ministry team within the London Diocese. As a prodigal child herself, Colleen is passionate about sharing the Good News of God’s merciful love to everyone she meets.

Elizabeth Busby
Elizabeth Busby

Elizabeth Busby is a passionate lover of Jesus, wife to a handsome bearded engineer, and mom to two sweet children, the first of whom they named for St. John Paul II! She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University (whoop!), and she earned a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University, where she wrote her thesis on how St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body can aid in the discernment of a vocation to marriage. Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus on marriage and family therapy from Southern Methodist University, and she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion for helping people fall in love with Jesus and helping people discern and live God’s joyful plan for holy marriages and family life. To that end, she and her husband run Discerning Marriage Ministries, and she hosts the Discerning Marriage Podcast through the Theology of the Body Institute. Elizabeth loves living the liturgical year with her family, the fact that the leaves change color in autumn, watching her beloved Texas A&M Aggies football games, and traveling.

David Butler
Fr. David Butler

Fr. David Butler comes from Belle River Ontario, where he grew up on a farm, and is the youngest of four children.  He was ordained a priest in 2010 and has just celebrated his 10th anniversary. Fr. David has served the past 5 of those years in the Stratford area and is about to become the new pastor of the Avon-Thames Catholic family of parishes; which includes St. Joseph’s & Immaculate Conceptions churches in Stratford and Holy Name of Mary in St. Marys.

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