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

  • 20: Writing music with worship leader Danielle Noonan (part 1 of 2)

    Episode  |  August 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 51 secs
    beauty, catholicism, danielle noonan, music, prayer, worship

    We sit down this episode with Danielle Noonan and talk about leading worship, music and prayer. This is part 1 of a 2 parter. Check out the next episode for the rest of the conversation.

  • 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

  • 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 "" 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.

  • 9: Restoring the Sacred - Show Notes

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

    Michael Raia is a church architect and founder of Studio io

  • 7: The Call of the Artist - Show Notes

    Article  |  March 29th, 2019
  • 6: Homemade Zombies - Show Notes

    Article  |  March 15th, 2019
    architecture, arkansas, art, house, pottery, ryan trusell, writing, zombies

    How often do you notice the building you work in or live in? How does it shape or change your behavior? The truth is that architecture forms us in it's own silent but powerful way. Our guest is Ryan Trussel, an artist, a writer, an amateur theologian, husband, and father who knows first hand the importance of authentic and beautiful architecture.

  • 4: Architecture is Sick -Show Notes

    Article  |  February 15th, 2019
    architecture, modernism, sick

    Architecture changes radically at the beginning of the 20th century, in large part due to a movement inspired by the industrial revolution. This way of thinking changed how we designed buildings forever, making it acceptable to make utility the chief ordering principle in architecture.

  • 3: The Power of Music - Show Notes

    Article  |  February 1st, 2019
    music, polyphony, pythagoras

    Music is a transformative force. It speaks to us on such a deep level, that at times can shake us to the core. It can help define our identity, our memory and how we see the world. Join us as we talk with Samuel Sentmanat about the power of music.

  • 2: What Happened in Kansas? - Show Notes

    Article  |  January 18th, 2019
    beauty, catholic, education, humanities, ihp, john senior, wonder
  • An Introduction - Show Notes

    Article  |  December 22nd, 2018
    architecture, art, beauty, catholic, church, introduction, show notes

    All podcasts have to begin somewhere. Tune in to get to know us, find out why we started the podcast and what our hopes are for Catholic Art and Architecture.