The Money Stories Podcast aims to get Catholics talking about their money because we learn best by listening to stories. In this podcast, Caitlyn Kano, AFC FFC, will interview fellow Catholics who have a money story to tell. The truth is that most of our financial issues are not unique. We just think they are because we don’t talk about them. Together, we can benefit by sharing personal stories of becoming faithful financial stewards.
Back To School Money Tips With Erin Kiger
September 04, 2020
School will probably look different this year compared to previous years. In this week’s episode, Caitlyn and Diana talk with Erin Kiger as she provides tips to financially deal with the different schooling options many families are facing. Erin has been an elementary teacher, a K-12 instructional technology coach, worked in higher ed, and has an educational consulting business. She has worked in both the public and the Catholic school systems. She shares her knowledge regarding how to financially prepare for distance and traditional education, online school and even homeschooling.
Living Marriage on Mission
August 28, 2020
Michelle & Asis Lopez are a young, Miami-based couple who live their marriage “on mission”. Michelle is the Director of New Evangelization for Saint Augustine Catholic Church and she also serves as the Campus Minister for the University of Miami College Campus Ministries (CCM). Asis is working hard to finish firefighter school and pursue a career as a firefighter, as he prayerfully discerns and allows God to guide his next steps. Together, they are highly involved in Young Adult Ministry through Saint Augustine Catholic Church and live their lives in a way that models radical trust in all areas of their lives.
Teens and Money
August 21, 2020
We’re excited to announce our Bible study for teens-Spiritual Cents!
When writing the study, we wanted to make sure it would resonate with teens. To help us with this we brought in a consultant: a 13 year old named Bryan. In this week’s episode of Money Stories, we talk to Bryan about teens and money.
He talks about what he learned by working on this project and why he thinks adults need to have money conversation with the teens in their lives. Full disclosure-Bryan is Caitlyn’s son. Bryan also takes over the interview and asks Caitlyn and Diana questions about money. No money topic was off limits!
Introducing the Newest Member of the Compass Catholic Team-Jenny Ibarra
August 14, 2020
Join us in welcoming Jenny Ibarra to our Compass Catholic Team! Jenny just joined us as our new office manager and we’re thrilled to have her. At Compass Catholic, we believe personal finance is more than just dollars and cents.
How we spend our money is a reflection of our values. Jenny shares her personal money story about how a decision she and her husband made four years ago enabled her to join our team.
Catholic Bloggers and a Bible Study with Carrie Soukup (author of Collection of Grace: a Flexible Handbook for Growing a Life of Prayer) and Amanda Costello (Thesistersonfire.com)
August 07, 2020
In this week’s episode of Money Stories, Caitlyn and Diana interview a group of Catholic bloggers who recently participated in a Faith & Money Matters Bible Study.
Carrie Soukup (author of Collection of Grace: a Flexible Handbook for Growing a Life of Prayer) and Amanda Costello (Thesistersonfire.com) discuss their experience with the Faith & Money Matters Bible Study and how their group bonded over the course of the six week study.
Catholic Bloggers and a Bible Study with Victoria and Jason Sechrist and Katie and Joel Cassidy
July 31, 2020
In this week’s episode of Money Stories, Caitlyn and Diana interview a group of Catholic bloggers who recently participated in a Faith & Money Matters Bible Study. Victoria and Jason Sechrist (ConsumerCatholic.com) and Katie and Joel Cassidy (Unexpectedhoney.com) discuss their experience with Faith & Money Matters and how their small group bonded over the course of the six week study. Who knew friendships could be formed by talking about money and stewardship?
The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations Part 5 with Sister Ignatia Henneberry
July 24, 2020
Sister Ignatia Henneberry, with the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, had student loan debt when the started discerning religious life. She had faith that her debt would not be a barrier. Due to the generosity of others, including her grandmother and the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations, Sister Ignatia was right.
Sister Ignatia recently took over the role of Vocations Director with the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. She’s new to her role but she’s not naive as to how student loans debt will affect the ability of other young women to say “yes” to their vocation. We were so blessed to have Sister Ignatia share her story as we wrap up this series on student loan debt.
The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations Part 4 with Father Brent Bowen
July 17, 2020
Father Brent Bowen finished his undergraduate studies and promptly started his master’s degree. It was at that time that he realized his calling to become a priest. At that point, he had six figure student loan debt. His story shows how he combination of grit, faith, and generosity could overcome the seemingly impossible. We want to thank Father Brent for sharing his story and the message that God cannot be outdone in generosity!
The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations Part 3 with John Flanagan
July 10, 2020
In this week’s episode, Diana and Caitlyn speak with John Flanagan from the Laboure Society. John is the executive director of the Laboure Society which is a nonprofit organization that aims to help aspirants tackle their student debt load so they can discern their potential calling. John talks about the method Laboure has implemented that is Canon Law and IRS compliant. The Laboure method was also designed to grow a community of stewardship and ownership of our calling as laity to support vocations.
The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations Part 2 with Anne Folan
July 03, 2020
In the last episode of Money Stories, Anne Folan spoke about the toll student loan debt is taking on vocations. In this episode, Anne is back to discuss what the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations is doing to help this problem. The Fund for Vocations process is intricately designed with a purpose. Not only is the Fund for Vocations IRS compliant, it has to be Canon law compliant as well.
To recap from last week’s episode, 45 million Americans owe student loan debt, collectively owing more than $1.5 trillion dollars. Two out of every three college graduates will graduate with a student debt load averaging over $30,000. For individuals discerning a call to religious life, student loan debt can create a tremendous obstacle to discerning their vocations.
The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations with Anne Folan
June 26, 2020
In this episode of Money Stories, Anne Folan discusses the toll student loan debt is taking on vocations. Anne is a member of the board of directors of the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations, a nonprofit Catholic organization that makes grants for student loan debt relief for young men and women with vocations to religious life.
45 million Americans owe student loan debt, collectively owing more than $1.5 trillion dollars. Two out of every three college graduates will graduate with a student debt load averaging over $30,000. For individuals discerning a call to religious life, student loan debt can create a tremendous obstacle they didn’t consider when pursuing their college degrees because religious communities usually don’t allow a person with unresolved debts to enter
Cybersecurity and Faith with Aaron Munoz
June 19, 2020
Aaron Munoz is the creator and author of DollarsandSaints.com. He’s also in the field of cybersecurity. In this episode of Money Stories, Aaron not only gives our listeners tips to protect their finances, but he also shares how he found how his career can be used to build the kingdom of God.
The Costs of Infertility with Whitney Allen
June 12, 2020
Whitney Allen is the founder of Healing Hopeful Hearts Ministry which is a ministry for men and women to walk with each other as they navigate the challenges if infertility, miscarriage, and childlessness. One in six families will struggle with infertility. Of those, 59% say that cost was a barrier to treatment. In this Money Stories episode, Whitney discusses what some families may face and they navigate infertility treatments.
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is with Matt and Jenny Brady
June 05, 2020
Matt and Jenny Brady were a young couple with successful careers. After participating in a Bible study regarding the link between their financial behavior and their finances, Matt and Jenny made the decision to change their financial habits. By following the Compass Catholic Money Map, they paid their large student loan debt and were better equipped to live their current vocation as parents to three young children.
Building a Faith Forward Business with Scott Williams
May 29, 2020
Scott Williams is the co-founder of Sock Religious (www.sockreligious.com), a company that sells fun socks that celebrate the lives of the saints. In this week’s episode of Money Stories, Scott talks about how Sock Religious is growing while maintaining its Catholic identity, and while navigating the current economic environment.
The Making of the Compass Catholic Money Coach Training Program
May 22, 2020
The Compass Catholic Money Coach Training Program just launched this week. In this episode of Money Stories, Caitlyn Kano talks about her personal money story and how the new Money Coach Training Program came to be.
Money and Multiples with Lauren Faul
May 15, 2020
Lauren and her husband have been blessed with five children including triplet boys. With five children under four years of age, Lauren learned many lessons about prioritizing and the logistics involved with having a large family. She shares those lessons and explains how she and her husband decided to make a career change to benefit their large family.
Paying it forward with Diana Rojas
May 1, 2020
Diana is a teacher in south Florida. She was taught her money management skills by her parents. As an adult, Diana participated in a Faith & Money Matters Bible study which unified her money management skills with her Catholic faith. Now Diana “pays it forward” by utilizing a classroom management program called “My Classroom Economy.”
Pursuing Financial Independence with Brent and Amy Jones
April 24, 2020
You may have heard of the FIRE Movement either on social media or in the news. FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early. Brent and Amy Jones are a young couple with young children. In this episode of Money Stories, Brent and Amy talk about their pursuit of financial independence and how they balance their family’s needs, generosity, and their financial goals.
Finding Money Life Balance with John and Jaclyn Kennedy
April 17, 2020
A sequel to last week’s episode, Jaclyn and John Kennedy are back to discuss their desire to find a money/life balance that works for their family. Jaclyn has been able to modify her work schedule to be able to spend more time with their young children. Like most decisions, this one had financial implications they’ve had to navigate together.
Building a business with john and jaclyn kennedy
April 10, 2020
When John Kennedy decided to leave the firm he was with and start his own business, he knew that decision would impact his family, financially and otherwise. In this episode of Money Stories, John and Jaclyn Kennedy share how they navigated this decision as a family and the lessons they learned along the way.
Raising a Large Family with Danielle Bean
April 3, 2020
Danielle Bean is a wife, mom of eight, author, speaker, and host of Girlfriends podcast.
In this episode of Money Stories, Danielle shares how she and her husband financially navigate having a large family while teaching their children about stewardship.
From Debt to Ministry
March 27, 2020
Like many others, Jon and Evelyn Bean used to spend their money without much thought and without a plan.
After taking a Bible study focused on money management in the 80’s, they started down a long road that eventually led to them founding Compass Catholic Ministries. In the first episode of Money Stories, Caitlyn Kano interviews Jon and Evelyn to talk about their personal story and how their experiences influenced their roles with Compass Catholic Ministries.
A New Compass Catholic Podcast Series
March 27, 2020
Have you sat in Mass on Sunday, knowing you should be focusing on the homily, but instead stressing about your money? The thoughts that pop in our heads range from small “Did I pay that electric bill?” type questions to bigger concerns like “How can we ever afford kids when we’re too strapped paying our student loans?” We sit there and wonder how we can be such anxious mess while everyone else looks like they have their financial act together.
The truth is that most of our financial issues are not unique. We just think they are because we don’t talk about them. The Money Stories Podcast aims to get Catholics talking about their money because we learn best by listening to stories. In this podcast, Caitlyn Kano, AFC FFC, will interview fellow Catholics who have a money story to tell. Together, we can benefit from the lessons they learned on their personal journeys to become faithful financial stewards.