With an audience of over 1.5 million people worldwide, the Bible in a Year Podcast is the #1 religion and spirituality podcast on Apple Podcasts. And now Catholics and non-Catholics alike can embark on a new journey as the Catechism in a Year podcast is set to launch on January 1, 2023.
Father Mike Schmitz, host of the Bible in a Year podcast and the highly anticipated Catechism in a Year podcast, and Jeff Cavins, Catholic speaker, author and creator of The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation, discussed the new podcast at a press conference with Ascension.
Schmitz shared her hope that people will “not just grow in information but in real transformation” through the podcast.
“Our hope is that the Bible in a Year and the Catechism in a Year will go even further in training people so that they can become like little satellites and share with other people,” Cavins said.
He added: “What we want to do is make it accessible to ordinary people – break down some of these ideas that are like ‘woah, I’ve never heard that word before’ and break it down to, OK , how is it in your family, with your children, with your finances, with your emotions, in your parish?
The Catechism in a Year podcast will follow a similar format to the Bible in a Year podcast in that there will be daily episodes (365 in total), but they will be slightly shorter, ranging from 15-20 minutes rather than the Bible in one year. average of 23 minutes.
Cavins explained that the new podcast will sound familiar to those who have done the Bible in a year.
“You’re going to be like, ‘OK, this is the Bible sequel in a year,'” he said. “And you won’t have to learn a whole bunch of different new ways and structures of understanding faith.”
Special guests will also join the podcast as each new pillar of the catechism is introduced. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” is divided into four pillars: faith, liturgy/sacraments, life in Christ and prayer. Likewise, the podcast will be split into four parts: “What We Believe,” featuring Jeff Cavins; “How We Worship,” featuring Bishop Andrew Cozzens; “How We Live,” featuring Bible scholar Mary Healy; and “How We Pray,” featuring Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT.
Additionally, the Ascension edition of the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” will be released to accompany the podcast. It is the first to introduce the Foundations of Faith approach, which Ascension says helps visualize the existing structure of the catechism and create an easier way for people to understand the teachings of the Catholic faith.
Although the Catechism is specific to the Catholic Church, Schmitz thinks anyone can listen to the podcast and learn from it.
“I think it will not be exclusive. I think hopefully it will be even more inclusive and expansive than the Catechism has ever been in the past,” he said.
Cavins added, “I think Catechism in a Year isn’t just for Catholics; it’s for everyone because life is for everyone. God’s plan is for everyone.