Welcome to “Discerning Hearts ®
a spiritual retreat stop for those who travel on the digital sea.
“Discerning Hearts is a trusted resource for Catholic spirituality and teaching. I support it as an apostolate for the new evangelization that brings the Good News to every corner of the world through the internet.” Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha
Discerning Hearts ® became an official non-profit apostolate in 2011. It is dedicated to evangelization and spiritual formation through new media. Discerning Hearts creates engaging multi-media, specializing in audio productions (known as podcasts and radio broadcasts) faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and its rich, authentic spiritual tradition. Its mission responds to the Church’s call to use the media for evangelization, catechesis, and spiritual renewal.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the US Bishops from Region 2 in 2010 saying, “Only through interior renewal will we be able to discern and meet the spiritual needs of our age with the ageless truth of the Gospel”…that is our goal.
Thanks to the generosity of its large online community over this past year, Discerning Hearts has grown both the sizes of its audiences and the number of shows it produces. As a ministry, Discerning Hearts makes real contributions to the use of new media in the Catholic Church. Many of our series are produced and formatted so they may be used freely on Catholic radio stations (such as the Spirit Catholic Radio Network, as well as other new media outlets in their various forms….allowing broadcasting to occur in its “broadest” sense.
Additionally, a new social media strategy gave Discerning Hearts a wider online presence on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube allowing it to build a stronger online community and reach out to the secular world in new ways.
For many people all around the world, Discerning Hearts is a daily source of inspiration, spiritual nourishment, and encouragement. We can only do this thanks to the generous financial support of our friends and benefactors.
The world is looking for answers, for spiritual guidance and authentic discernment, for relationships and community. Your support is very much needed and appreciated. Please keep our mission in your prayers.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, nurture and pray for us.
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Meet our Team –
Founder and editor/producer/executive director of Discerning Hearts ®
Director of Video/Audio Content Production
Production Specialist/Sound Editor
Our Leadership Board
Archbishop George J. Lucas
Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska
Deacon James Keating Ph.D.
Director Theological Formation,
Institute for Priestly Formation located at Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Director of Permanent Diaconate Program, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE
Deacon Omar Gutierrez, M.A.
Instructor, Holy Family School of Faith Institute
Director, Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith (Omaha)
Dr. Anthony Lilles, S.T.D.
Academic Dean of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA
associate professor of theology and Academic Advisor of Juan Diego House
Dr. Matthew Bunson, Ph.D.
Senior Contributor, EWTN; Senior Editor, National Catholic Register;
Senior Fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Mrs. Sharon Doran, MA
Teaching Director “Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study”
Mission Advancement Council, Discerning Hearts
Program Director, Spirit Catholic Radio Network