How They Love Mary

Weekly encouragement to begin or deepen your Marian devotion

About the show

For centuries, believers have honored the Blessed Virgin Mary. They have written books about her, painted images, and built churches in her honor. Shrines are dedicated to her. People seek her intercession. Join host, Fr. Edward Looney and his weekly guest, as they discuss the Catholic faith and the role of Mary in their life. Gain new insights and begin or deepen your Marian devotion.

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  • Episode 120: [Replay] How To Pick A Saint for the New Year with Meg Hunter Kilmer

    December 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
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    Meg Hunter Kilmer joined Fr. Edward at the end of 2020 to talk about her love for the saints and encouraged us to pick a patron saint in 2021. Her episode is the number one most listened to podcast of How They Love Mary. With the new year approaching, I am re-releasing our conversation for your spiritual edification.

  • Episode 119: How to Read More Books in 2022 with Steven McEvoy

    December 28th, 2021  |  39 mins 13 secs
    books, goals, reading, reviews

    Steven McEvoy reads hundreds of books each year. How does he do it? He shares reviews on his book blog, (available here: Today, he shares his methods and secrets to help us become more voracious readers.

  • Episode 118: How Mary's Yes Provides Hope in the Darkness of Advent with Dr. Erika Kidd

    December 13th, 2021  |  49 mins 26 secs

    Dr. Erika Kidd is an associate professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. A convert to Catholicism, Mary found a way into her family life by coincidental dates for major life events. And when her second child was stillborn at 40 weeks, she turned to Mary in the moment of her grief. Mary's yes to God, not only at the Annunciation but throughout her life, provides hope for us in the dark times of our own Advent.

  • Episode 117: Was Mary an Unwed Mother? with Stephanie Landsem

    December 6th, 2021  |  25 mins 21 secs
    biblical fiction, joseph, marriage, mary, unwed

    Fr. Edward Looney speaks with author Stephanie Landsem about an article of hers which she explains the marriage of Joseph and Mary and corrects a common error in talking. She also shares about her books of biblical fiction.

  • Episode 116: Two Devotees of Our Lady's Apparition in Beauraing Discuss the Significance of the Apparition

    November 29th, 2021  |  39 mins
    apparitions, beauraing, belgium, blessed virgin, catholic, mary

    Fr. Edward Looney learned of the Belgian apparition in Beauraing many years ago. In 2015 he visited the site of the apparition. And he has included the apparition in many of his books including "A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary." In this week's episode, Fr. Looney discusses Our Lady's apparitions with Andrew Rabel, a social media follower who messaged Fr. Looney about Beauraing. Andrew is a wealth of knowledge about the apparition and on today's episode you will hear a passionate conversation.

  • Episode 115: Will You Celebrate Christmas with The Chosen? An Interview with Katherine Warnock

    November 22nd, 2021  |  22 mins 30 secs
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    The global sensation "The Chosen" has captured the hearts of believers throughout the world. It has been downloaded more than 300 million times across their platforms, and from December 1-10, they are releasing a Christmas special "Christmas with The Chosen: 'The Messengers.'" Today, Fr. Edward Looney speaks with their producer Katherine Warnock.

  • Episode 114: A Shrine to Mother Cabrini Nestled Among the High Rises in Downtown Chicago with Sr. Bridget Zanin, MSC

    November 15th, 2021  |  30 mins 10 secs
    mary, mothercabrini, saints, shrines

    St. Frances Xavier Cabrini founded a missionary order of religious sisters and she made her way to the United States, arriving first in New York, journeying to Colorado, and living out the remainder of her life in Chicago. Today, the National Shrine welcomes pilgrims to learn about this saintly woman and ask for her prayers.

  • Episode 113: How St. Thomas Aquinas Can Help You Understand the Last Things with Dr. Kevin Vost

    November 8th, 2021  |  38 mins 10 secs
    death, heaven, hell, judgement, last things, mary, thomasaquinas

    Death, judgement, Heaven, and Hell, these are the four last things. I've always had lots of questions about them, especially the second coming. I was delighted to speak with Dr. Kevin Vost who answered the many questions I had, and will offer a great lesson for you today.

  • Episode 112: A Shrine to Our Lady Dedicated to Praying for the Dead

    November 1st, 2021  |  57 mins 15 secs
    deceased, lovedones, mary, purgatory, shrine, souls

    A magnificent church graces the French countryside and is a place where people pray to Our Lady of Deliverance for the souls of their beloved dead. Learn the story of the shrine and devotions you can pray even if you aren't nearby in France.

  • Episode 111: Meet Sister Faustina, A Sister of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church

    October 25th, 2021  |  31 mins 38 secs
    catholic, charity, consecrated, mary, motherofthechurch, nuns, religiouslife, sisters

    Sister Faustina discovered her religious community by attending the Institute on Religious Life conference each year. Hear her vocation sister and learn more about her religious order that is dedicated to Our Lady.

  • Episode 110: How to Make Christ the Center of Your Rosary Prayer while Understanding the Paradoxes of the Rosary with Dr. James Papandrea

    October 18th, 2021  |  31 mins 4 secs
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    Dr. James Papandrea is a professor of Church History at a Protestant Seminary but as a faithful Catholic his goal is to make sure we understand how Christ is central to the Marian prayer of the rosary. Listen in on today's conversation between Fr. Edward Looney and Dr. James Papandrea to deepen your rosary meditation.

  • Episode 109: Mary's Role in the Pro-Life Movement with Fr. Frank Pavone

    October 11th, 2021  |  37 mins 11 secs
    abortion, apparitions, blessed virgin, catholic, devotion, guadalupe, marian, mary, prolife

    Fr. Frank Pavone has been a pro-life leader for decades and has advocated for the end of abortion and the protection of all human life. He speaks with Fr. Edward Looney about his pro-life work and how he has seen Mary's presence in the movement.

  • Episode 108: The Impressions of a First Time Pilgrim to the Champion Apparition Shrine with Tony Ganzer

    October 4th, 2021  |  36 mins 28 secs
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    Tony Ganzer, an NPR Journalist from Cleveland and host of the Faith Full Podcast packed up the family van and set their eyes and GPS to Wisconsin. What brought him to NE Wisconsin? The site of Mary's 1859 apparition to Adele Brise located in Champion, Wisconsin. Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Tony today about his impressions of the Wisconsin apparition.

  • Bonus Episode 22- Trending Marian Tweets and Topics

    October 2nd, 2021  |  9 mins 13 secs

    On this bonus episode Fr. Edward collects the Marian tweets he came across this week including tweets about three Marian feasts- Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Walsingham, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.

  • Episode 107: Praying the Rosary over the Kitchen Sink as a Catholic Mom with Caitlin Winters

    September 27th, 2021  |  28 mins 11 secs
    catholic, catholicmom, devotion, mary, motherhood, prayers, rosary

    Caitlin Winters is a Catholic mom reflecting on the rosary through her motherhood and helping other moms to do the same through her apostolate Motherhood through the Mysteries.

  • Bonus Episode 21- Trending Marian Tweets and Topics

    September 24th, 2021  |  8 mins 34 secs
    blessed mother, catholic, devotion, faith, guadalupe, laleche, paintings, socialmedia, sorrows, trending, twitter

    Fr. Edward recaps the Marian tweets he saw this week about Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of La Leche, Our Lady of Hope, Protestants and Mary, Mary as a superhero, a beautiful image for meditation and other topics. Hear the round up and Fr. Looney's commentary.