FORMED Now

FORMED Now

18 Seasons

FORMED Now features special guests and insider looks at unique topics.

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  • St. Leo the Great | Catholic Saints

    Join Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Carl Vennerstrom as they discuss St. Leo the Great, who served as pope during the tumultuous time of the Council of Chalcedon. With the heart of a pastor, St. Leo modeled Christian charity amidst the debates and controversies on the divine and human nature of Jesus. He ...

  • St. Clement of Rome | Catholic Saints

    Sit down with Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Carl Vennerstrom as they discuss Pope St. Clement of Rome, who was an early Church Father and the third successor to St. Peter. He wrote an original letter to the dissentient church of Corinth that we can still read and access today! His feast day is November 2...

  • St. Brigid of Sweden | Holy Women You Never Heard Of | Episode 4

    Dive into the lives of Holy Women You’ve Never Heard Of with Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. Jessica Murdoch. St. Brigid lived as a princess, queen, and mother! She models how holiness is possible through many vocations and seasons of life.

  • St. Macrina the Younger | Holy Women You Never Heard Of | Episode 1

    Dive into the lives of Holy Women You’ve Never Heard Of with Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. Jessica Murdoch. St. Macrina the Younger comes from the "second holiest family" as the oldest sister to three canonized saints. She depicts how our domestic homes can become places of sanctity.

  • St. Mary of Egypt | Holy Women You Never Heard Of | Episode 2

    Dive into the lives of Holy Women You’ve Never Heard Of with Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. Jessica Murdoch. St. Mary of Egypt comes from a scandalous past that led to a life of extreme penance. Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future!

  • Bl. Marie-Anne Blondin | Holy Women You Never Heard Of | Episode 5

    Dive into the lives of Holy Women You’ve Never Heard Of with Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. Jessica Murdoch. Bl. Marie Anne grew up in poverty and was illiterate until age 20. She became a foundress of a successful religious order in the countryside of Quebec, Canada, and endured false accusations f...

  • St. Scholastica | Holy Women You Never Heard Of | Episode 3

    Dive into the lives of Holy Women You’ve Never Heard Of with Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. Jessica Murdoch. St. Scholastica is the sister of St. Benedict. Holy siblings and holy families change the world!

  • St. Jerome | Catholic Saints

    An early Church Father from the 4th century, St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin with the desire to make Scripture more accessible. St. Jerome is the patron of biblical scholars, translators, and archivists and famously said, "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." 

  • Saint Ignatius of Antioch | Catholic Saints

    A Father of the early Church, St. Ignatius of Antioch is an incredible model of Christian discipleship. He is also one of Dr. Ben Akers' favorite saints. Sit down with Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp as they discuss this remarkable bishop, who died a martyr for his fidelity to Christ.

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  • Saint Matthew

    Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber discuss the Gospel writer and Apostle, St. Matthew.

    To learn more about the Gospel of St. Matthew, Dr. Gray and Dr. Barber have an ongoing weekly Bible Study that walks through this beautiful Gospel.
    Check it out here

  • Saint John Vianney | Catholic Saints

  • Saint Mary Magdalene

  • The Feast of St. Thérèse

    Episode 150

    Dr. Ben Akers & Dr. Scott Hefelfinger, Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology, discuss this great modern-day saint and Doctor of the Church.

    Learn more about St. Thérèse

  • Saint Irenaeus of Lyons | Catholic Saints

    Pope Francis recently announced a new Doctor of the Church: St. Irenaeus of Lyons. In this episode of FORMED Now, Dr. John Sehorn and Dr. Ben Akers discuss this second-century Church Father, explaining his importance to the history of Christianity and his title—the "Doctor of Unity."

  • Saint Justin Martyr | Catholic Saints

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Klein to discuss St. Justin Martyr—an early Church martyr who lived from about AD 100 to 165 and wrote several significant Christian apologetic works. St. Justin was a convert to the Catholic faith, philosopher, and is famous for his idea of the "seeds o...

  • What Dorothy Day Teaches Us Today

    Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Elizabeth Klein, professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, sit down to talk about Servant of God, Dorothy Day—who she was as a woman, her conversion, what she can teach us today, and her fascinating place in the tumultuous 20th century.

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  • What Is the Immaculate Conception?

    Join Drs Tim Gray and John Sehorn as they examine Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. This dogma of the Catholic faith, promulgated in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, speaks of Mary's conception and what it means to the Church.

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Courage (Part 4 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Sincerity (Part 3 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Prayer (Part 2 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Devotion (Part 1 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work "The Introduction to the Devout Life", and the character of a Christian. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredible counter-reformation Saint and apply his wis...

  • Saint Athanasius of Alexandria | Catholic Saints

    Join Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Elizabeth Klein as they discuss the early Church Father, St. Athanasius.

    A bishop and Doctor of the Church, St. Athanasius is remembered as the great defender of the Nicene Creed. He was exiled five times from his own diocese under four different emperors. A great tea...

  • Saint Marcella of Rome | Catholic Saints

    Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Taylor Kemp sit down to discuss St. Marcella, the early Church martyr of Rome, who's feast day is celebrated on January 31st. St. Marcella was born in 325 AD and died in 410 AD, around the time of the sack of Rome. During this tumultuous time in Church history (between the...

  • Saint Thomas Becket

    We are excited to announce our series of FORMED Now! Christmas and New Year special episodes. In these episodes, professors from the Augustine Institute Graduate School will lead us in reflections throughout the season from December 22nd through January 11th.

    FORMED Now! will return to its re...