The Catholic Messenger launches new podcast for young adult Catholics

Barb Arland-Fye
From left, St. Ambrose University students Ian Cawthon,
Chase Mason and Luke Johnson talk during a new Catholic Messenger Conversations 2 podcast at St. Vincent Center in Davenport earlier this month.

By Barb Arland-Fye
The Catholic Messenger

CMC2 is the name of a new video podcast we have launched to introduce young adult Catholics to The Catholic Messenger and to inspire them in their faith journey through engaging conversations with their peers.

Our host is Chase Mason, a sophomore at St. Ambrose University in Davenport and a member of our consulting group of young adult Catholics who share their creative ideas about broadening The Catholic Messenger’s reach in social media. He and his family belong to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

“When I decided to start CMC2, I had two main goals in mind,” Mason said. “The first goal was to find a way to get more young people like myself involved in their faith. Through this podcast, young adults can understand topics about their faith since it’s coming from people that are around the same age.”


“My second goal that I want to accomplish with this podcast is developing more in my faith. Over the past year, I have really started trying to understand my faith and the opportunities that come with it. CMC2 is one of these opportunities to explore my faith and share my insights with others, which could help others come closer to their faith as well.”

We aim to reach Catholics ages 18 to 30 through this monthly video podcast of The Catholic Messenger. As its popularity grows, it could expand to two podcasts per month. We’ll leave that decision to our viewers, listeners and the host!

We chose the name CMC2 — Catholic Messenger Conver­sations 2 — to complement our monthly Catholic Messenger Conversations podcast with Bishop Thomas Zinkula, which will continue; thank you, Bishop! St. Ambrose University’s KALA radio station produces and records both podcasts for The Catholic Messenger; thank you, David Baker!

Mason chose to focus the first CMC2 podcast on an editorial on abolition of the death penalty published in The Catholic Messenger. He engaged fellow St. Ambrose University peer mentors Luke Johnson and Ian Cawthon in that conversation. The second part of their conversation focused on a question raised in a theology class: Are young people like ourselves too focused on making money?

To listen to the podcast, go to and click on the podcast button or go directly to the podcast web address Listen to the podcasts by date of publication. The label for the first CMC2 podcast is CMC2 Episode 1. To view that podcast go to our YouTube channel The Catholic Messenger,

Listen also to the latest Catholic Messenger Conversations podcast with Bishop Zinkula, sharing with listeners his experiences on a journey to Africa.
Spread the word about the Catholic Messenger Conversations podcasts with your family and friends and let us know what you think at

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