Beyond The Beacon

36: How music ministers draw us closer to the Lord

December 21, 2023 Diocese Of Paterson Season 1 Episode 36
Beyond The Beacon
36: How music ministers draw us closer to the Lord
Show Notes

What is Bishop Kevin Sweeney's favorite Christmas carol? Tune in to find out!

This week, for episode 36 of Beyond The Beacon (a podcast of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey), Bishop Kevin Sweeney and Jai Agnish are joined by two gifted music ministers for a discussion about music's impact on our faith. Preston Dibble is our long-time Director of Music for the diocese. He also works full-time at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange in our neighboring Archdiocese of Newark. As he likes to say, he’s a dual citizen of Paterson and Newark. The same can be said of Jen Behnke, our other guest, who is the part-time music coordinator at one of our parishes, Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock. Jen is also the associate director of evangelization for the Archdiocese of Newark and produces and co-hosts The Heart of the Ark podcast. 

Bishop Kevin also gives a reflection on the news out of Rome this week regarding blessings for same-sex couples and the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans” issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by Pope Francis.

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Listen to guest Jen Behnke's podcast, Heart of the Ark, here.

Read the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans” on the pastoral meaning of blessings here.

Listen to episode 123 of The Walk Humbly Podcast here.

Listen to the episode of the Jesuitical podcast Bishop Kevin referenced here.

Listen to the Hark podcast here.

Produced by Jai Agnish and Bishop Kevin Sweeney for the Diocese of Paterson.
Engineered and edited by Jai Agnish.
Illustrations by Dennis Dalelio.
Music by Jai Agnish.

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