Among Women 230: Wonder Women


October 15, 2017

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St. Marguerite D’Youville

“Among Women” Guest: Maria Morera Johnson

In this episode, we explore the life of St. Marguerite D’Youville, courtesy of an excerpt from Maria Morera Johnson’s new book: Super Girls and Halos. What’s more, we’ve got a great conversation with Maria Johnson about this fun book that is a mash up of heroines from books and the screen as well as the communion of saints. This is a wonderful title that I’m happy to endorse.

Links for this episode:

The Shrine for St. Marguerite D’Youville

Super Girls and Halos, by Maria Morera Johnson

Maria Johnson’s blog

Other shows of related interest:

AW 197: Badass Buddies and Pope Selfies, with Maria Johnson

AW 146: The Power of a Praying Friend, with Maria Johnson


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Among Women 197: Badass Buddies and Pope Selfies – with Maria Morera Johnson


November 10, 2015

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St Rose of Lima

“Among Women” Guest: María Morera Johnson

9781594736324.jpg.232xThis episode is one I’ve been waiting for all year! My friend, author and Catholic Weekend host María Morera Johnson, joins me for the Among Women interview. Maria brings some of the stories behind her new book, including how the book got its name:  My Badass Book of Saints: Courage Women Who Showed Me How to Live. This is one book that I hope many women will read, and a book I especially hope you’ll put in the hands of someone who may never pick up a book of saints otherwise.

In this conversation, my writing buddy and good friend gives us the background on how a word like “badass” got into the book’s title, and her own powerful lessons of how God has helped her  — and a variety of saints and impressive women — persevere under trials and hardships! Not only that, Maria talks about her recent pilgrimage to Cuba and her personal meeting with Pope Francis and other church leaders!

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Maria Johnson meet the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Cuba. September 2015. Photo courtesy of Maria Morera Johnson. All rights reserved.

Links for this episode: 

My Badass Book of Saints by María Morera Johnson

Maria Johnson’s blog, and her article on Aleteia about the Pope selfie

Catholic Weekend podcast, with Maria Johnson and others

The book forewords written by Pat Gohn

The Women on the Way Conference, with Pat Gohn, Nov. 21 in Richmond, VA

Other shows of related interest:

AW 193: The recent show with Lisa Hendey and a recap of World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit in Philly.

AW 146: The Power of a Praying Friend with Maria Johnson


Celebrate Among Women’s 200th Episode, coming Dec 10th!!!
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Enter the free drawing by entering your comments below in the comment box, or email your comments and your voice memos to Pat Gohn at Comments for entry can also be left at the Among Women podcast facebook page. All names for the drawings must be in by Dec 9, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern. Winners will be announced on the Dec 10th podcast – Episode 200!
There are four prize packs possible to win:

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The Mary Pack!


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Among Women 153: Joy!


December 14, 2012

This week’s episode:

This is a special edition of Among Women, where we depart from our normal format and take time to consider a subject more in depth, with input from our listening audience. In this episode I spend some time sharing on the subject of joy, and how J.O.Y. is an acronym for a Christian life that puts Jesus first, others second, and yourself last. I also share from Psalm 37 and spend a little bit of time unpacking what that psalm means to me.

I’m grateful that several listeners and former guests of Among Women phoned in and wrote to me about the subject of joy, and its a pleasure to add their voices to the podcast.

This is the last podcast for 2012, and I plan to return the week of January 7, 2013 with a new show.

A blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas to you!

Links for this episode:

Other shows of related interest:

Our three most popular episodes in 2012:

1. AW 151 : “The Midlife Madres” with Elizabeth Foss

2. AW 147: A Special Edition, “Welcome to the Year of Faith” with Pat Gohn

3. AW 140: “Saintly Perspectives on Healing Sexual Wounds” with Dawn Eden

My recent pilgrimage podcasts:

AW 137: “Back From Wherever I’ve Been” on my pilgrimage to Lourdes, France

AW 138: “The Two Hearts” on the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France

AW 148: “Coming Home” while on Pilgrimage with Joanne McPortland

 Psalm 37: 3-9

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
[4] Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
[5] Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
[6] He will bring forth your vindication as the light,
and your right as the noonday.
[7] Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
[8] Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
[9] For the wicked shall be cut off;
but those who wait for the LORD shall possess the land.

 The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis


We have a free drawing this week for free books: Wrapped Up, by Teresa Tomeo and Cheryl Dickow, and for Elizabeth, a novel by Cheryl Dickow. Send your name to enter our drawings to Pat Gohn at, or to the Among Women podcast facebook page. The drawing will be held at 12 noon EST on Dec, 21, 2012.

Among Women 146: The Power of a Praying Friend


October 2, 2012

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: St Teresa of Avila

“Among Women” Guest: Maria Johnson

This week I welcome a longtime friend of the podcast, and personal friend of mine, Maria Johnson as a guest on Among Women. Maria Johnson is a blogger and the co-host at Catholic Weekend, as well as a member of the Board of Directors at SQPN. Together we talk about something that Christian friends might already do naturally, that is, to pray for one another. But what we specifically stress in this show is that we ought to try to pray with one another with regularity, especially as we move into the Year of Faith.

Also, Pat read portions of writings from St. Teresa Avila, one of the doctors of the Church, and a woman who prayed with her Divine Friend, Jesus, in our own lovely way.

Links for this episode:

Interior Castle, by St Teresa of Avila

Links for selections read from Avila:

Maria Johnson’s article on Our Lady of Charity

Maria Johnson’s blog, Another Cup of Coffee

Catholic Weekend podcast


“A.S.K. Ask, Seek, Knock: 3 Steps for Praying with Others” by Pat Gohn

Poem by Dinah Maria Mulock Craig about Friendship

Other shows of related interest:

AW 109: on St Teresa Avila

AW 46: on St Teresa’s Interior Castle

AW 62: with Maria Johnson

Pat with Maria Johnson, dining out al fresco in Boston, 2012.

Reminder: Don’t forget to send Pat your comments on what brings you joy…or where you find joy… to be used in a future Special Edition podcast. Write in to or record your comments at 206-426-1260.