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The goal of Forte Catholic is to #MakeCatholicismFunAgain. No matter where you are on your journey with God we want to help you take the next step by inspiring, uplifting, and sharing the Good News...all while laughing along the way. There is a weekly theme discussion, guest interviews from Catholic leaders from across the world and the best crew of co-hosts in the biz.2018 Catholic Podcast of the Year Nominee (Fisher's Net Awards)The host, Taylor Schroll, is a Catholic husband, father, missionary, speaker & worship leader. For more from Taylor, check out his website at ForteCatholic.com.

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The goal of Forte Catholic is to #MakeCatholicismFunAgain. No matter where you are on your journey with God we want to help you take the next step by inspiring, uplifting, and sharing the Good News...all while laughing along the way. There is a weekly theme discussion, guest interviews from Catholic leaders from across the world and the best crew of co-hosts in the biz.2018 Catholic Podcast of the Year Nominee (Fisher's Net Awards)The host, Taylor Schroll, is a Catholic husband, father, missionary, speaker & worship leader. For more from Taylor, check out his website at ForteCatholic.com.

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Always fun

By jkroeger10 - Sep 14 2019
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Taylor is always hilarious. 14/10 stars.

Great guy

By SassySister17 - Sep 13 2019
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Taylor is funny and knows his stuff! Listen to this podcast!

iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
5
1
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Always fun

By jkroeger10 - Sep 14 2019
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Taylor is always hilarious. 14/10 stars.

Great guy

By SassySister17 - Sep 13 2019
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Taylor is funny and knows his stuff! Listen to this podcast!
Cover image of Forte Catholic: Making Catholicism Fun Again

Forte Catholic: Making Catholicism Fun Again

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The goal of Forte Catholic is to #MakeCatholicismFunAgain. No matter where you are on your journey with God we want to help you take the next step by inspiring, uplifting, and sharing the Good News...all while laughing along the way. There is a weekly theme discussion, guest interviews from Catholic leaders from across the world and the best crew of co-hosts in the biz.2018 Catholic Podcast of the Year Nominee (Fisher's Net Awards)The host, Taylor Schroll, is a Catholic husband, father, missionary, speaker & worship leader. For more from Taylor, check out his website at ForteCatholic.com.

Rank #1: Forte Catholic Ep 73-Bored at Mass? We've all been there. Help from Ashley of The Mass Box

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Ever been bored at Mass? Are you Catholic? If you answered yes to the second question, I already know the answer to the first....We've all been there.

In this episode, we talk about what to do when boredom strikes, the importance of repetition(with hilarious proof) and preparing for Mass in a way that helps us take the Gospel lessons home with Ashley Zahorian, creator of the Mass Box.

The Mass Box(themassbox.com) is a monthly subscription based service for Catholic families to help parents and children better prepare for Mass through crafts, videos, and more. Taylor's family got one for the month of February and really enjoyed it!

Not a parent? We've got stuff for you too. Our third segment is built just for you and Ashley also shares about a livestream event coming up with Dr. Mary Healey on St. Patrick's day. Find more info at www.makingdisciples2018.com.
Mar 07 2018
55 mins
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Rank #2: Forte Catholic Ep 113-Controversial Topics w/Leila Miller, finding a home in the Church & NCCYM

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Taylor has returned from the National Catholic Conference of Youth Ministry with stories & insights, including a Mass Text segment(without the intro...whoops). We decide which homily is better between Taylor's, a 6'8" Bishop's & co-host Fr. Jared's.

In the second segment, we are joined by Leila Miller, co-author of "Made This Way: How To Prepare Kids To Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues." In this book, she and Trent Horn team up to cover how to guide our children to Heaven in today's culture, especially how to answer tough questions about sex outside of marriage, modesty, homosexuality and more.

To close out the show, Taylor and Fr. Jared discuss finding a home in a broken Church through the lyrics of Hillsong's latest hit "Who You Say I Am."

Bonus content for this episode can be found in our Patreon community at Patreon.com/fortecatholic.
Dec 12 2018
55 mins
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Rank #3: Forte Catholic Ep 147-Millennial Jesus, crying, youth ministry & video games

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Jon Blevins co-hosts on his one year anniversary of first appearing on the show! Taylor shares why he's been crying while listening to podcasts in the woods and wonders if he's progressing or digressing as a human.

In the second segment, we're joined by Brian Montfort of the Work To Game YouTube channel. With two of the biggest names in Catholic gaming, the guys chat about some of the pitfalls of gaming, how to avoid them and ultimately while they still play. Taylor tries to make strange comparisons between video games and the Church. Does it work? That's up to you to decide.

In the final segment(recorded three hours later), Taylor shares that his deepest recent spiritual insight is that Jesus is a millennial which leads "seamlessly" into a conversation of a conference Jon went to recently about how to engage youth culture. This leads to a more broad conversation about how we live our lives between action and inaction.

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Aug 08 2019
57 mins
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Rank #4: Forte Catholic Ep 123-Comedian Jeremy McLellan, unconditional love & dumb questions

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Allison Sullivan co-hosts and the comedian currently winning the internet, Jeremy McLellan joins as our guest this week! We talk comedy & faith and how he has intertwined those with race and religion. Jeremy has a special gift of making the controversial hilarious. Hear his comedy and story first hand right here!

The rest of the show, Taylor and Allison discuss how we often forget that God's love really is unconditional(and Allison gets her preach on again!) We also answer really dumb questions from the audience and Allison absolutely loses it. Truly a special moment in show history lol.

Enjoy!

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Feb 20 2019
56 mins
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Rank #5: Forte Catholic Ep 88-Fr. Anthony Sciarappa, Brian Baudoin and moral licensing

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Sooo many voices on this episode! Producer Sam is back! We catch up with her and talk about this new term Taylor learned called "moral licensing," how it may define his spiritual life...and maybe yours.

In the second segment, we are joined by self-proclaimed "Pittsburgh okayest priest" and "gift to the show," Fr. Anthony Sciarappa. He is a hilarious priest and talks about the things he has done that might have been the first time ever in the eternal priesthood.

In the third segment, the newest Patreon supporter, Brian Baudoin, rejoins the show to talk about why he supports the show, favorite memories, what he would do if he was in charge AND invents a new segment specifically to mess with producer Sam.

This was a fun one! Hope y'all enjoy listening as much as we all did recording. Please rate and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts and share the show with a friend.
Jun 20 2018
55 mins
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Rank #6: Forte Catholic Ep 96-Bearded Blevins, Bible Lens Hilarity & Chris Agron's Catholic Memes

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We kick off the show talking about the new Bible Lens App and how Taylor is using it to laugh non-stop. We share some of our best creations with you and invite you to play along!

We also have not one but TWO guests this week! In the 2nd segment, we are joined by Catholic Video Game Streamer extraordinaire, Jonathan "Bearded" Blevins. He is a member of the "Royal Family of Twitch Streamers(a title bestowed by Taylor)" as the eldest brother of Ninja and Invictus. By day, Jonathan is a full-time Director of Evangelization and Catechesis at a parish up north and by night he is living out the New Evangelization in a special way by sharing the Gospel & the love of God on his Twitch stream(@BeardedBlevins). He is also answering people's questions about faith while playing. His work is so refreshing in a place that is not usually uplifting. Jonathan is a fascinating dude and was a blast to speak with!

In the final segment, Taylor is joined by fellow podcaster Chris Agron to talk about his obsession with Catholic memes. We hope you enjoy this double dose of people not named Taylor talking on the show!
Aug 16 2018
55 mins
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Rank #7: Forte Catholic Ep 80-Trent Horn on #FakeNews about the saints. Topics: Marriage, service & bad puns

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This week, producer Sam picks from a plethora of topics! She chose marriage and service....so that is what we talked about!

We are also joined by regular guest Trent Horn as he sets the record straight on #FakeNews about the saints! We go through some common sayings attributed to saints or the Bible that aren't actually real. For more on the topic, check out his newest book "What the Saints Never Said: Pious Misquotes and the Subtle Heresies They Teach You."

Next week, YOU decide the topic! Leave a comment in an iTunes review of which of the following topics you would like to hear about next or let Taylor know on social media

Topic ideas:
-Ambition
-Crazy stories from the book of Acts
-Taylor thinking about other religions
-Taking risks
-Producer Sam on Guilt/Shame
-(Insert your topic here)

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Apr 26 2018
55 mins
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Rank #8: Forte Catholic Ep 91-Bad homilies, bad Church music and what do about it. Guest Kevin Kapchinski

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Ever felt crazy in Mass? Bad Music? Bad Homily? Bad lectors? We all have. We commiserate together and try to come up with a solution for how to fix it and the role we play in the whole deal.

We get help from rockstar liturgical musician Kevin Kapchinski as he shares what music at Mass is supposed to be, how he picks songs to bring the Mass to life and more.

We close out the show with a discussion of Jesus feeding the 5000 and what it teaches us about serving those physically and spiritually hungry.

If you like the show, share it with a friend, rate and subscribe on your favorite podcasting service.
Jul 11 2018
55 mins
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Rank #9: Forte Catholic Ep 81-Paul George on finding happiness, crazy Acts stories & Catholic guilt

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Speaker, author, podcaster and man who changed Taylor's life, Paul George joins the show this week to talk about how we all want to be happy and how to find true happiness. Check out his work at paulgeorge.la.

Segment 1 has a fun diversion into a conversion on friendship but centers on two crazy stories from Acts, one of which gives Taylor hope for sainthood(crazy right?!?!)

In the final segment, Taylor has a convo with producer Sam and Catholic Guilt, shame and how to get out of it.

Please like, rate and subscribe on whatever podcasting service you are using. Thanks!
May 02 2018
54 mins
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Rank #10: Forte Catholic Episode 11-Relationships, Steve Pokorny and "Taylor's Marriage Prep Test"

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Tune in to Forte Catholic today for a fun episode on relationships with Steve Pokorny who started a great ministry called Freedom Coaching and an interview with newly engaged couple. We play the newly made up "Taylor's Marriage Prep Test Game." Tune in to see how they do and learn about Catholic relationships.
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Dec 14 2016
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Rank #11: Forte Catholic Ep 139-Cemetery stories, haters and the One Hope Movement w/Chris Field

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Allison Sullivan joins Taylor as this week's cohost! They kick off the show by making fun of each other for quite some time and then Allison reacts to a ridiculous and funny cemetery story(weird right?)

Then we're joined by one of Allison's good friends, Chris Field. We were honored to be in the studio with this man! He holds four Guinness World records, author of "Disrupting for Good," has given two TedX talks and founded the Mercy Project(mercyproject.net) which literally frees people from slavery. He's an amazing man and he comes to talk about the One Hope Movement(onehopemovement.com) that is happening in Central Texas, focused on unity and evangelization.

Allison and Taylor finish the show by discussing how to deal with haters. They turn to the story of the Alabaster Jar to be encouraged not to hide our specific gifts from others.

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Patreon

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Jun 12 2019
58 mins
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Rank #12: Forte Catholic Ep 121-Super Bowl, Ad Orientem, Mass Confusion & words Taylor doesn't understand

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Ooooo boy! This one was wild! Taylor got very little sleep and loses it on the air! Fr. Anthony joins and tries to help with the meltdown, but even his priest powers can't resist the tide. We talk Super Bowl, ad orientem Mass, and simple things that should have occurred to Taylor about the liturgy years ago but didn't until this week.

Our guest this week is David Bates: British Catholic, fancy word user, owner of glasses which make him seem believable, & former unemployed hobo. Tune in for his accent, stay for his eloquent words on why C.S. Lewis is the man! Check him out at Restlesspilgrim.net and his podcast at pintswithjack.com.

Let us know what you thought of the episode!
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Insta-@TaylorSchroll
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Patreon-Exclusive bonus content at Patreon.com/ForteCatholic. Hours of more show and a great way to help Taylor feed his three hungry children.

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Feb 06 2019
57 mins
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Rank #13: Forte Catholic Episode 67-Everett Fritz, "Unpublished Worship Songs" and Ordinary Time

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In this week's episode we share two new "Unpublished Worship Songs" and talk about what the deal is with Ordinary Time and how Taylor is getting through it with the help of the Shepherds from the Nativity story(huh?)

We are also joined by best selling author Everett Fritz who talks about discipleship. So many people are talking about the popular buzzword of discipleship but Everett is one of the few actually putting in to practice in big ways.

As always, please subscribe, comment, rate and share this episode. If you want more from Everett, check out our behind the scenes content on Patreon.
Jan 24 2018
54 mins
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Rank #14: Forte Catholic Ep 97-Emma Fradd of NET Ministries & addressing the priest abuse scandal

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Forte Catholic Ep 97-Emma Fradd of NET Ministries & addressing the priest abuse scandal by Taylor Schroll
Aug 22 2018
56 mins
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Rank #15: Forte Catholic Ep 104-I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends Guest/TeaWithTolkien

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Producer Sam is in the Holy Land so Taylor is all alone in the studio.....sooooo this week's show was crowd sourced! We got tons of questions and topics submitted by you the listeners. From CrossFit to Fortnite to chicken nuggets to Vatican III, we have something for everyone this week!

I also throw absolute shade at my frenemies at the Roman Circus podcast with the help of Fr. Anthony Sciarappa and throw shade at said priest with the help of his brother, producer Nick Sciarappa. Producer Sam wasn't around to carry the show so creativity and assistance from everyone involved was needed.

In the second segment, I am joined by my co-nemesis @TeaWithTolkien to talk about our "beef", her Catholic Twitter title & of course....tea & Tolkien.

Tune in to this very different but super interesting(I'm biased) episode! Let me know what you think of today's format and content on social media.

@TaylorSchroll on Twitter/Instagram
@ForteCatholic on Facebook/Twitter
Oct 10 2018
54 mins
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Rank #16: Forte Catholic Ep 144-Fr Anthony & Tea with Tolkien Break the Catholic Internet

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Fr. Anthony co-hosts as he and Taylor start the show looking back at crappy situations and realizing how they actually helped us. It gives us insight into how we handle these difficult situations.

Then in the second segment, we welcome back(to Fr. Anthony's surprise) Kaitlyn Facista, lovingly known as Tea with Tolkien! With the King and Queen of Catholic Twitter united, our goal is to break the internet, and challenge Matt Fradd's kingdom! We talk the video game versions of Tolkien, uncover how little Taylor actually knows about LOTR and Kaitlyn saves a sinking ship by taking over and showing us how Catholic thought is immersed in the Silmarillion.

In the final segment, college freshmen Blaine Tamez rejoins the show to talk about some of the issues he's been seeing in our social media culture and makes Fr. Anthony do layman things. It's beautiful.

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Patreon

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Jul 17 2019
58 mins
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Rank #17: Forte Catholic Ep 100 Celebration! Fun convos with 8 show favorite guests!

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Huge celebration show planned for the 100th episode! We had 8 guests on this episode, all of which have had a huge impact on the show's history.

In the first segment, everyone's favorite Forte Catholic Character, "Rocco" the Eagles super-fan, returns to the show to give us an update on the Eagles and his faith. Then Taylor's two favorite priests, Fr. Anthony Sciarappa and Fr. Jared Cooke, face off to see if one of them can reign supreme by the end.

In the second segment, the bros Lance Rosen of the Catholic Coaster Podcast and Alex Gotay rejoin the show. We all make fun of each other, talk faith and culture & of course continue the Texas vs. Canada debate.

In the final segment, Chris Bartlett and J.P. Quinn rejoin the show with our surprise guest to talk favorite podcasts, Forte Catholic memories, Fortnite & more.

A huge thank you to everyone who has ever listened to the show, supported, shared, reviewed, etc. I couldn't have made it to 100 episodes without you. I hope you continue to enjoy as we #MakeCatholicismFunAgain together!
Sep 12 2018
56 mins
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Rank #18: Forte Catholic Ep 133-The biggest pop culture weekend ever, Ennie Hickman & more

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Fr. Anthony co-hosts as we discuss the ridiculously insane weekend with the Avengers endgame premiere, largest battle in television/movie history on GOT & more! NO SPOILERS! Fr. Anthony gets on the biggest soap box he ever has…and he promises not to spoil anything.

In the second segment, we’re joined by one of the coolest dudes in the ministry world, Ennie Hickman. We talk about preaching, actually loving your neighbors and all his work at Del Rey Collective.

In the final segment, the guys debunk some of the common misconceptions about the book of Revelation.

BONUS: The commercials on this episode are all brand new and are honestly Taylor's pride and joy :)

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Patreon
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Exclusive bonus content at Patreon.com/ForteCatholic. Hours of more show and a great way to help Taylor feed his three hungry children.

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May 01 2019
54 mins
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Rank #19: Forte Catholic Ep 71-Allison Sullivan & "Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?" Lenten Edition

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Welcome to Lent!

(0:00-18:00)
In the first segment we play Lenten trivia with two local Catholic school 3rd graders, Silas and Hunter. Find out if your Lenten knowledge makes you smarter than a 3rd grader.

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Then we talk with Taylor's good friend Allison Sullivan. She makes her return to the show after being the guest way back of Episode 2. We talk about the launch of season two of her amazing podcast "Sinner, Saint, Sister." While the podcast is geared toward women, Taylor totally digs it and listens religiously. There's definitely something for everyone. Allison is one of the most passionate, fun and holy people we know so you'll enjoy your time with her!

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In the final segment, Taylor opens up about his really rough week and the real "spiritual desert" time he went through and how the fog is beginning to lift and what this all has to do with the Lenten season.

Thanks for listening! If you like what you heard, please share this episode with your friends and take 60 seconds to leave a rating/review on iTunes. Have a great week!
Feb 21 2018
54 mins
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Rank #20: Forte Catholic Ep 125-2nd Annual "Limping Into Lent" w/guest "Canadian" Patrick Sullivan

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In our 2nd Annual "Limping Into Lent" episode, Taylor lets the audience decide what he's doing for Lent. Allison Sullivan co-hosts as we go through all of the silly, serious and downright awful listener suggestions for what Taylor should do this Lent and ultimately decide by the end of the show.

Our guest this week is another attempt to decide if Canada is a real place. Patrick Sullivan is a "Canadian" evangelist who has a project around Catholic review of tv shows. We talk the pros and cons of watching what everyone else is watching & how to find truth, beauty and goodness amidst the muck. Find more from Patrick at Evango.net.

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Mar 05 2019
56 mins
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