Encounter Grow Witness

A podcast to equip and evangelize the evangelizers

About the show

Hosted by Fr. Steve Pullis, Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Beth Spizarny, Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Encounter Grow Witness is a podcast for ministers on a mission to unleash the Gospel and create a joyful band of missionary disciples in the Archdiocese of Detroit and beyond. Learn how to make the most of your ministry — and take care of yourself as a minister.

Episodes

  • Episode 16: A Pastoral Response to Pride Month

    June 22nd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 31 secs

    “Remember the Gospel is good news in your life. We shouldn’t be afraid.” In this episode of Encounter Grow Witness, Fr. Steve Pullis and Beth Spizarny discuss the ministerial approach to addressing LGBT concerns. They remind us that we must be attentive listeners who are willing to ask questions and mess up, but most of all, we must be people of faith who want to share the good news of human sexuality with our brothers and sisters in joy. Listen in as they give practical and spiritual footholds to living as faithful stewards of truth and compassionate members of our society.

  • Episode 15: Vocations with Fr. Craig Giera

    May 24th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 13 secs
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    Encounter Grow Witness podcast breaks open the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations. Starting this June 4th, the Archdiocese of Detroit will pray together for the men God is calling to serve us as priests. In preparation, your hosts Fr. Steve Pullis and Beth Spizarny welcome Fr. Craig Giera, Director of Priestly Vocations. He shares what the diocesean priesthood is, how a young man can discern his vocation, and the path to the seminary. This episode closes with practical and powerful ideas for the laity to help support vocations to the priesthood. Take a listen!

  • Episode 14: Building Unity in the Church

    April 18th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 29 secs
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    Summary:
    Fr. Steve Pullis and Beth Spizarny take on the question: how can we build unity in the church? Together, they delve into the topics of charity, humility, a heart of evangelization, listening, forgiveness, and investing time in one another. This discussion is sure to inspire your heart to encounter those around you, grow together as disciples, and witness to the power of God’s love to bring unity where there is discord. Take a listen.

  • Episode 13: Collaboration

    March 18th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 18 secs
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    How can we collaborate better together as a church? In this episode of Encounter Grow Witness, Sandy O’Shaughnessy shares how her role as Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan has been transformed through collaboration. Fr. Steve Pullis and Beth Spizarny join the discussion as the three reflect on healthy conflict, listening, and patience. A highlight of this episode is Sandy’s sharing about what her morning prayer time looks like, and some practical things she does to welcome the Lord into her day. Take a listen!

  • Episode12: Finding Grace in Seasons of Transition

    February 17th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 58 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth welcome guest John Lajiness to the podcast for a profound conversation on seasons of transition, maintaining a mission focus while working in ministry, and trusting God's plan for our work.

  • Episode 11: Work-Life Balance in Ministry

    January 4th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 53 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth welcome guest Nicole Joyce to the podcast, where Nicole discusses her journey working for the Church and reflects on the importance of work-life balance for those in ministry.

  • Episode 10: Innovation in Catechesis

    November 18th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 24 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth speak to guest Emily Mentock about her project, Real + True, and discuss the impact of evangelization in digital spaces, especially by bringing the catechism to life for younger audiences.

  • Episode 9: The Importance of Prayer

    October 21st, 2021  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 59 secs
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    Beth and Fr. Steve discuss why prayer is important in the lives of parish leaders, common challenges of prayer life, and their personal prayer routines.

  • Episode 8: The Importance of Conflict

    September 21st, 2021  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 52 secs
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    Beth and Fr. Steve discuss the importance of conflict in our mission as Christians and explain how to engage in healthy conflict with our superiors, peers, and those we lead.

  • Episode 7: The Beauty of Truth

    August 19th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 16 secs
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    Beth and Fr. Steve examine Archbishop Vigneron’s June pastoral note The Beauty of Truth: A Pastoral Note on Communicating Truth and Love in the Digital Age and how we can implement these ideas in ministry.

  • Episode 6: The Call to Holiness

    July 15th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 30 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth discuss the universal call to holiness through the lens of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate.

  • Episode 5: Seasons of Transitions

    June 17th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 34 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth discuss transition, coping mechanisms, and how seasons of change can help us be more successful in mission and ministry.

  • Episode 4: Virtues For Today's Church

    May 10th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  54 mins 39 secs
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    Fr. Steve and Beth examine each of the cardinal and theological virtues and how we can use them in the Church and culture we have today.

  • Episode 3: Communio and Community

    April 8th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 18 secs
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    Beth and Fr. Steve discuss “communio,” the deep, spiritual community that comes with being Catholic, and how ministers can create a culture of communio in our parishes.

  • Episode 2: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

    March 11th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 4 secs
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    Beth and Fr. Steve discuss the Church’s main mission of evangelization and how ministers can effectively make disciples, be discipled, and keep our work focused on the main thing.

  • Episode 1: Scripture

    February 10th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    Fr. Steve and Beth examine the significance of scripture and give some practical takeaways for how to incorporate it in our ministry.