The Beauty Ever New Podcast

Renewing Culture through Catholic Art and Architecture

About the show

Welcome to Beauty Ever New, a podcast about Catholic Art and Architecture. Our name is inspired by a celebrated phrase from St. Augustine where he laments his late arrival into the splendor of God’s truth. We invite you to join us as we have conversations with artists, architects, musicians, fundraisers, scholars and more, about how to bring beauty into our churches and communities. If you are a seminarian, a priest or bishop, a committee member in your parish, or a parishioner who wonders Sunday after Sunday, why your church looks a certain way, then we hope you will join us, this podcast is made for you.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 19: The practical side of beauty with Deanna Ennis from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    Episode  |  February 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 36 mins
    archdiocese, architecture, beauty, catholic, diocese, feedback loop, galveston, houston, liturgy, maintenance, practical

    Rafael and Chris sit down with Deanna Ennis from the construction department of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to talk about her experience in construction around the diocese and specifically on church work. We talk about what the diocese is up to, and what practical sorts of things happen behind the scenes so that the diocese can support the 150 parishes, over 400 priests, and 1.8 million Catholics all around the Houston area to thrive and spread the Gospel.

  • 18: Building a Thriving Parish Culture with Stephen Lenahan

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 23 mins
    catholic, church, communications, culture, design, development, liturgy, parish, stanthony, woodlands

    We talk about Stephens work at St. Anthony of Padua in the Woodlands, about the parish history, how they do operations and think through the growth of already very large parishes, liturgy, and how they try to think through their work in spreading the Gospel. (Cover art from Arturo Rey on Unsplash)

  • 17: Designing Devotional Goods - Show Notes

    Article  |  August 19th, 2019
    candles, cards, devotional, prints, providential, tricia

    Check out the work of the incredibly talented Tricia Dougat at Providential.co

  • 17: Designing Devotional Goods with Tricia Dugat

    Episode  |  August 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    art, candles, cards, catholic, designer, devotional, prints, providential, texas, tricia dougat

    Join us Rafael and Chris talk with Tricia Dougat about her business designing and selling devotional goods, her journey in faith, and her particular design aesthetic, and how it all works together. We laugh a TON. Hope you enjoy. Visit "Providential.co" online to purchase some of Tricia's goods.

  • 16: Catholic Digital Minimalism with Taylor Fayle

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 23 mins
    architecture, beauty ever new, cal newport, catholicism, digital minimalism, larb, liturgy, taylor fayle, technology

    Join us as we talk with instructional designer and educator Taylor Fayle about the intersection of soul and machine, Digital Minimalism, digital technologies, Catholic Liturgy, and how we relate to the technology that shapes and enables our lives.

  • 15: Season 1 Retrospective

    Episode  |  July 19th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 53 secs
    architecture, restro, season

    A look back at the first season of Beauty Ever New. What we learned, what we liked most and where we want to go next.

  • 14: A Brief History of Notre Dame de Paris

    Episode  |  July 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 25 secs
    fire, history, notre dame

    The long awaited episode detailing the almost tragic fate of France's most famous Cathedral has finally arrived! Join us as we present the long and storied history of one of the great architectural treasures of Christendom.

  • 13: Faithful Newness

    Episode  |  June 21st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 27 mins
    architecture, churches, liturgy

    Join us as we talk with author and speaker Denis McNamara about what it means to make things new in the theological context and how that should inform the design of Catholic Churches.

  • 11: Mediated Reality - Part I

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  54 mins 47 secs
    community, friendship, poetic, social

    Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing complexity to keep our attention. What are we to make of all of this? Jeff Jimenez works in cyber security and talks with us about the importance of genuine community and the obstacles that social media presents to our lives.

  • 12: Mediated Reality - Part II

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 15 secs
    community, friendship, poetic, social

    Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing complexity to keep our attention. What are we to make of all of this? Jeff Jimenez works in cyber security and talks with us about the importance of genuine community and the obstacles that social media presents to our lives.

  • 10: The Poetic Mode

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 14 secs
    education, ihp, poetic, senior

    The long awaited companion to the episode on John Senior is here! Join us as we talk with Joseph Leaño about the Poetic Mode of Knowledge. How to understand it, how to talk about it and most importantly how to live it out.

  • 9: Restoring the Sacred - Show Notes

    Article  |  April 26th, 2019
    architecture, church, sacramentality

    Michael Raia is a church architect and founder of Studio io

  • 9: Restoring the Sacred

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 5 secs
    architecture, church, sacramentality, tradition

    Join us as we talk with fellow architect Michael Raia, founder of Studio io about the foundations of church design, liturgy and how tradition should inform our designs today.

  • Notre Dame Fire - Our Thoughts

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 19 secs
    architecture, gothic, notre dame, restoration

    We share our thoughts on the Notre Dame fire in Paris. Check out the rest of our episodes at beautyevernew.com

  • 8: Beauty Defined

    Episode  |  April 12th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 53 secs
    art, beauty, nature

    The conversation with Michaela Barta continues. This time we delve into the heart of the podcast. What is beauty? Why is it so tricky to define it? How does it change our lives and focus our perspective?

  • 7: The Call of the Artist - Show Notes

    Article  |  March 29th, 2019