Let’s Make This Happen: The Faithful Traveler In Portugal

I’m going to do a bit of shameless plugging this morning and ask you to please take a moment to see a clip at the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for “The Faithful Traveler In Portugal”.

In this latest outing, Diana von Glahn takes us all over Portugal, to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this beautiful little country, in the tradition of the best travel series. Yet unlike other travel shows, “The Faithful Traveler” does something which no other travel documentary ever does in any depth. It takes the time to stop and show us the spiritual significance and Christian history of the places which secular guides simply breeze past, or at best explain briefly and more often than not get completely wrong.

If you’ve seen previous series of “The Faithful Traveler”, you know that the show mixes great scenery, research, spirituality, and humor. Host Diana von Glahn is serious when she needs to be, extremely knowledgeable – the lady does her homework – and yet always manages to see the humor in things. She’s exactly the sort of fun, thoughtful, and energetic friend that you would want to go on vacation with, which is what makes watching these programs such a joy. It’s also exactly the kind of positive, well-produced media that the Church has been asking Catholics to create, both for Catholics and for those who are interested in Catholic culture, but which so rarely gets made.

Please consider supporting “The Faithful Traveler” as I have, with a donation to help finish the series. For those of you who like premiums, there are quite a few on offer, as you’ll see by scrolling down the IndieGoGo page. Even if you can’t afford to help financially, please do add this special request to your prayer list, and be sure to share this link with others. You never know who may be in a position to help finish this program, and we all know how powerful the combination of social media and recommendations from friends can be. Thanks and God bless!

The Courtier in Aleteia: A Papal Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Check out my latest for Aleteia today, reviewing Diana von Glahn’s new series, “A Papal Pilgrimage in the Holy Land”, which begins airing on Catholic television networks tomorrow. In this three-part travel documentary, Diana chronicles Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Holy Land, and in her own well-informed, enthusiastic way she introduces us to the people and places of this sacred but troubled part of the world, where Christians in particular have suffered so much in recent years. Follow the link in the article for air dates and times in your area, or visit TheFaithfulTraveler.com

My special thanks to the always gracious Elizabeth Scalia and her team at Aleteia for letting me share my thoughts with their readers once again!

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The Faithful Traveler – On Your Radio!

I’m extremely pleased to share with you that my dear friend Diana von Glahn – aka The Faithful Traveler – now has her own daily radio show! You can hear Diana on Monday thru Friday at 11am on RealLife Radio, streaming online wherever you happen to be. You can also listen on-air if you’re in the Lexington, Kentucky area on 94.9 FM and 1380 AM. Missed a show? You can catch the podcast version on Diana’s site, via iTunes, or the RealLife Radio site. And on the RLR site, you can learn about their other programming from people whom you may already know from the writing world, like Elizabeth Scalia and Allison Gingras.

If you’ve seen her on television or DVD’s, or heard her on other radio shows and podcasts, you know that Diana has a knack for this sort of thing. She is bubbly and a lot of fun, but can also quickly get to the heart of a serious matter being discussed. (It’s all that piercing legal analysis Diana and I learned at the knee of the late, great Dr. Charlie Rice at Notre Dame Law School.) And each week, in addition to special guests, Diana will have some great regulars: her husband and Faithful Traveler co-creator David von Glahn; Denise Bossert; Jeff Young, aka The Catholic Foodie; Amy Wellborn; and Jerome Robbins, many of whom may already be familiar to you.

If you like what you hear, be sure to consider two things. First, make a donation, since things like bandwidth and hosting do not come free, even if the download does! Second, go leave a positive review on iTunes or through Diana or RealLife Radio’s sites, so that they know you’re listening and enjoying the program. As content producers, we all live and die by feedback, so even if you just want to say “Great job!”, your comments are unbelievably welcome. Thanks!

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