About the show
The Heart of the Ark podcast is an initiative from the Office for Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Newark. We're coming to you to bring knowledge and courage as we voyage through this life as missionary disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Hosted by Fr. John Gordon, Director of the Office for Evangelization and Secretary of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Newark, and Jennifer Behnke, Associate Director of Evangelization, our aim is to help equip our listeners to better know, love and serve God.
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Episode 15: Ep 15: We should glory in the cross? Hope is the Christian world-view
March 14th, 2023 | 28 mins 27 secs
Fr. John and Jen talk about the importance of living as people of God who understand that our Hope in Jesus is the only sure thing, and is an outlook that can be strengthened when lived in communion with Him and community with each other.
Episode 14: Ep 14: Ashes speak to the Human Heart - 'Hope from the Ashes' author Paul Jarzembowski
February 13th, 2023 | 40 mins 4 secs
Jen interviews Paul Jarzembowski, author and Associate Director for USCCB engagement with laity ministry, ecclesial movements, youth, and young adults. Paul's book Hope from the Ashes (Paulist Press 2021) offers practical advice for welcoming our Lenten visitors back to church, and a pastoral plan to keep them.
Episode 13: Ep 13: We are One Body in Christ with Dr. Anne Masters, Ph.D., FAAIDD
February 2nd, 2023 | 28 mins 25 secs
Jen is joined by Dr. Anne Masters, Ph.D., FAAIDD - Director of the Office for Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, as they discuss belonging and evangelization to and with all members of the Body of Christ.
Episode 12: Ep 12: Fit for Divinity with Fr. Paul Houlis
January 27th, 2023 | 34 mins 55 secs
Jen talks with Fr. Paul Houlis, about the Dignity of the human person and the way Christ redeems humanity in Body and Soul.
Episode 11: Ep 11: New Year. New me? - Fr. John and Jen discuss the difference between disciplines and resolutions
January 20th, 2023 | 40 mins 7 secs
Fr. John and Jen discuss the difference between disciplines and resolutions and encourage our listeners to start thinking now about our Lenten practices to have longer-lasting spiritual benefits for our lives.
Episode 10: Christmas Traditions - Fr. John and Jen
December 20th, 2022 | 38 mins 59 secs
The Family and Faith traditions of the holiday season which serve to connect us to each other and our Church throughout our lives.
Episode 9: God's desire to know us and to love us - Evangelizing young women
December 16th, 2022 | 31 mins 40 secs
Jennifer speaks with Sr. Kelly Schuster, FMA about God's overwhelming desire to know us and to love us, and how she helps her high school students recognize God's love in their own lives.
Episode 8: Four P's of Advent and getting beyond commercial Christmas - Evangelizing young men
December 16th, 2022 | 35 mins 9 secs
Jennifer speaks with Fr. Bogumil Misiuk, about the Four P's of Advent and the importance of getting beyond the commercial Christmas.
Episode 7: Eucharist means Thankgiving with Bishop Michael Saporito
November 18th, 2022 | 36 mins 21 secs
Bishop Michael Saporito, Auxilliary Bishop of Newark, joins Jennifer to speak about the Eucharist as the ulitmate act of Thanksgiving and the ways we can deepen our relationship with Our Lord truly present in Blessed Sacrament and also in the midst of communities gathered at mass.
Episode 5: For all the Saints, who from their labors rest.... with Preston Dibble and John Kalinowski
November 11th, 2022 | 44 mins 47 secs
Jennifer sits down with two lay men doing the work of evangelization through their ministries. Pastoral music minister, Preston Dibble and Hospital chaplain, and Loss and Healing minister, John Kalinowski
Episode 6: Holiday Conversation tips: Talking Turkey with compassion
November 11th, 2022 | 30 mins
Fr. John Gordon and Jennifer Behnke discuss tips for conversation and evangelization during the holidays. We cover ideas for keeping the tension at the table from turning into conflict.
Episode 4: Rituals give meaning to life... and death.
October 18th, 2022 | 33 mins 44 secs
As we prepare for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and the secular world puts up spooky decorations, Fr. John and Jen have a coversation about the importance of rituals in every day life, and those that mark significant moments in our journey here on earth and our transition to everlasting life.