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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Episodes

  • Episode 26: Ep: 26 Demystifying Discernment with Milissa Else

    August 28th, 2023  |  44 mins 46 secs

    Jen is joined by Milissa Else, Assistant Coordinator for Parish Strategies, in discussing the importance of discernment when facing personal and interpersonal faith decisions. Milissa has been an invited speaker throughout the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen, leading parish communities, and small groups into a deepening of communal prayer and conversations regarding mission and ministry.

  • Episode 25: Ep 25: Lord, Teach us to pray!

    August 15th, 2023  |  35 mins 24 secs

    Fr. John and Jen discuss the upcoming School of Prayer classes beginning September 20 and continuing for seven sessions through May 2024 to offer fresh insight, experience and opportunities for growing in the spiritual life.

  • Episode 24: The Heart of a Priest - with Very Rev. Charles Pinyan, Vicar for Clergy Personnel

    June 30th, 2023  |  33 mins 44 secs
    catholic, community, conversation, evangelization, jesus christ, kerygma, priesthood, sacred heart, vocation

    Jen speaks with Very Rev. Charles Pinyan, Vicar for Clergy Personnel and Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at Immaculate Conception Seminary about the ways a priest is called to shape his heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, and in so doing open his heart to the people he is called to serve as shepherd and spiritual father.

  • Episode 22: "We absorb His Love, and can't help but radiate it out" - Love as a Vocation with Sr. Marie Paul of the Holy Spirit

    June 16th, 2023  |  36 mins 23 secs
    adoration, catholic, devotion, eucharist, evangelization, gospel, incarnation, jesus christ, love, sacred heart

    Jen travels to the only cloistered monastery in the Archdiocese of Newark, the Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Summit, to speak about 'Love as a Vocation for Life' with novice extern Sr. Marie Paul of the Holy Spirit.

  • Episode 23: "His Heart beats for every single one of us" - Fr. John and Jen on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart

    June 15th, 2023  |  43 mins 29 secs
    adoration, catholic, devotion, eucharist, evangelization, gospel, incarnation, jesus christ, love, sacred heart

    Fr. John Gordon and Jen share insight into the great gift of God's Love in the Eucharist and its representation in the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. They close with the Litany of the Sacred Heart and the Prayer of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Episode 21: De-mystifying the Devotion to the Sacred Heart with Emily Jaminet

    May 31st, 2023  |  43 mins 25 secs
    catholic, devotion, evangelization, gospel, jesus christ, mission, parenting, prayer, sacred heart, virtue

    Jen speaks with author Emily Jaminet about her two recent books "Secrets of the Sacred Heart" and Holy Habits of the Sacred Heart, and what it means for us that Jesus loves us so much as to give us His heart.

  • Episode 20: Ep 20: Synod and Evangelization with Sr. Donna Ciangio, O.P. Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark

    May 22nd, 2023  |  47 mins 6 secs
    catholic, conversation, discernment, evangelization, jesus christ, kerygma, pastoral, planning, prayer, synod

    Jen speaks with Sr. Donna Ciangio, O.P. Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark, and head of the Archdiocese Synod on Synodality team about the ways in which we need to grow as church and how we can discern our path forward.

  • Episode 19: Ep 19: School of Prayer -Building your spiritual tool box with Fr. John Gordon

    May 19th, 2023  |  31 mins 2 secs
    catholic, conversation, evangelization, faith, family, gospel, jesus christ, prayer, repentance, spirituality

    Fr. John and Jen introduce the new in person series coming in the Fall from the Office For Evangelization - The School of Prayer.

  • Episode 18: Ep 18: Fatima Part 2 - Our Lady's mantle of light and our responsibility

    April 28th, 2023  |  50 mins 18 secs

    Jen sits down with Ricardo Casimiro, Campus minister at The Newman Center Montclair State University to discuss the message of Fatima, the apparitions, World Youth Day and the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima touring the Archdiocese of Newark this May 2023. Part 2 of 2 episodes

  • Episode 17: Ep 17: Fatima Part 1: Dear Newark, we have a Mother!

    April 28th, 2023  |  33 mins 58 secs

    Jen sits down with Ricardo Casimiro, Campus minister at The Newman Center Montclair State University to discuss the message of Fatima, the apparitions, World Youth Day and the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima touring the Archdiocese of Newark this May 2023. Part 1 of 2 episodes

  • Episode 16: Ep 16: "God's Love - We can't even imagine!" with Sr. Patricia Wormann O.P.

    April 4th, 2023  |  25 mins 23 secs
    catholic, conversation, easter, evangelization, faith, gospel, holy week, jesus christ, lent, vocation

    Sr. Pat Wormann, serves as the Delegate for Religious for the Archdiocese of Newark. A member of the Caldwell Dominicans, Sr. Pat has been a nun for 58 years. She shares a piece of her vocation story and the hope and joy she finds in knowing that "Jesus is right in the midst of our mess"

  • Episode 15: Ep 15: We should glory in the cross? Hope is the Christian world-view

    March 14th, 2023  |  28 mins 27 secs
    catholic, conversation, evangelization, faith, family, gospel, jesus christ, lent, prayer, repentance, spirituality

    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.