Fr. Mike Schmitz’s new podcast hits #1 on Apple’s Religion&Spirituality chart ahead of January launch

New release invites listeners to “read” the entire Catholic Bible in a year, podcast-style

“The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)” has become the #1 podcast on Apple’s chart for “Religion and Spirituality” this week, and is ranked #13 for overall “Trending” shows as it builds momentum towards a January 1st launch.

The new podcast, a passion project from the heart of YouTube’s favorite priest, invites listeners to journey through the full text of the Catholic Bible in a daily podcast format. Fr. Mike Schmitz will be using Ascension’s acclaimed Bible Timeline® Learning System to structure each episode, and welcoming the Bible Timeline creator Jeff Cavins onto the podcast for special guest appearances.

Fr. Mike is well-known for his YouTube videos on “Ascension Presents,” the second-largest Catholic YouTube platform in English. He is also a nationally recognized author and speaker who has given keynote addresses at many top Catholic events.

Fr. Mike explains the vision for the new podcast: “A while back, I had this longing placed on my heart to help Catholics encounter God’s Word in a deeper and more consistent way. I thought, ‘what if someone could just click “play” and allow the Word of God to wash over them—allow the Word of God to shape their lens, the lens through which they look at their entire world?’”

The show is being produced by Ascension, the leader in Catholic faith formation, and the publisher of many books, Bible studies, and other products which use the Bible Timeline Learning System to help believers approach the Scriptures from a Catholic perspective.

“We have this phenomenal resource in Jeff Cavins’ Bible Timeline,” comments Fr. Mike. “Jeff Cavins unpacks the story of salvation—the story of God’s love for his people. We’re basing our reading plan for the podcast on this program because in my life, The Bible Timeline is probably the most significant Bible study that I’ve ever been a part of.”

To “get ready” for the show, listeners should visit Ascension’s website and sign up for the free reading plan to be sent to their email.

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) podcast is available for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Hallow, the Catholic Prayer and Meditation App. Pre-launch bonus episodes are already posted in those locations, and daily episodes will begin to drop on January 1, 2021.



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