Good Distinctions January Update
I hope you’re having a fantastic 2024 so far.
January 2024 has been an explosive month for Good Distinctions! Over the past 30 days, there have been about 6,000 views on Substack alone! Instagram and YouTube continue to grow little by little. And I have had a lot of people that I do not know telling me that they are really enjoying the content!
Over the past year, I have started communicating with TAN Books, Ignatius Press, and OSV to review upcoming new releases and have their authors share the themes and ideas from their books on Good Distinctions. I have also been reaching out to folks with a flurry of emails to see who is interested in coming on the show.
In December 2023 and January 2024, I have recorded with:
Check out John’s Substack here
My colleague Sean Maddigan - Did Pope Francis allow for same-sex couple blessings?
Recorded and coming soon!
Martha Richardson, cousin of Fr. David Michael Moses - Catholicism, Social media, priestly ministry in person and online, and more
Rae-Mi LeRoy - New Age Practices and Catholicism
Sr. Therese Maria Touma - Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
Larry Chapp - Dr. Chapp’s new book for Ignatius Press that covers a lot of ground - he is one of my favorite theologians and writers!!
Thomas Quackenbush of FLORIANI - Sacred Music and the ensemble Floriani
Yet to be recorded:
Samantha Stephenson of Brave New Us substack and podcast - Controversial bioethics topic yet to be determined
In the works:
David Calavitta, Nicole Delaney, Abigail Favale, Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB, John Clark, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Steven Mosher, Dr. Greg Bottaro, Dan Oblinger, Claire Dwyer, Miara Cash, Christine Marie Lacayo, and more…
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Substack has added a new video feature that links to the Podcast feed! That may not be exciting to you, but it is to me! When I post the videos directly to Substack, you will still be able to listen or watch the same, but it allows me to post everything here first! I will still be posting to YouTube and the feed will still go to Spotify and Apple Podcasts. But you will not need to leave Substack to watch the videos or listen to the audio.
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