Brewing Faith, is a podcast where younger Catholics ask the questions and, together with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and through a Franciscan lens, we look at the future of our Church.

Pope Francis warns us against “prepackaged answers and ready-made solutions” he encourages us to “set aside narrow preconceptions” and to listen “carefully to the young.” (Christus vivit, 2019)  Join our host, Sr. Marian Leaf, who works in the Charism Office, and the Sisters of St. Francis for Brewing Faith to engage with younger believers on topics of faith, Church, and the Franciscan spirituality.

Have questions you want answered on the Brewing Faith Podcast? Call the Brewing Faith Hotline to leave your questions to be aired on our show, (610) 558-6797 or email at,

Brewing Faith Episode 8: St. Francis – The Transformation

Join Sr. Marian Leaf, a sister of St Francis of Philadelphia, as she follows Sara Marks, in bringing you these Brewing Faith podcasts. Learn about St. Francis and his life of transformation. Did you know that the young Francis dreamed of being a knight–a warrior going off to fight on the battlefields?  Instead he became a peacemaker, who lived in right relationship with others and all of creation! Let’s see how that happened.

Brewing Faith Episode 7: Discernment

In this episode we discuss Franciscan Discernment and the role that discernment plays in lives of young adults seeking meaningful work and the role organizations have in assisting with that process. We hear from Natalie, a former Franciscan volunteer with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who is now working in Corporate Social Responsibility.  We also talk to Zach, who is the co-founder of a marketing agency, that assists nonprofits in creating sustainable futures.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or whatever you like to brew, and take a listen.

Brewing Faith Episode 6: Welcoming the LGBTQ Community

The Catholic Church has a long tradition of caring compassionately for the poorest and marginalized of society. It should be no different with the LGBTQ community. Join us as we discuss inclusion of LGBTQ Catholics in our worshiping communities. A big thank you to Alyssa, a self-identifying queer Catholic, who was willing to share her story and offer insights to our listeners!

Brewing Faith Episode 5: Our Good Friday Moment

March 27, 2020

We are resurrection people living in a Good Friday moment. Jesus met many kind faces on the way to the cross. Who are the people in our lives helping, loving, supporting, and witnessing to goodness during these difficult days? Join us for a special edition of Brewing Faith to consider the pandemic and pray for those helping along the way.

Brewing Faith, Episode 4 – Sports and Spirituality

February 13, 2020

In this episode we will be sharing stories and conversation about Sports and Spirituality. I will be sitting down with Xavier, a sophomore communications major at Neumann University and Sr. Alice Klein, whose incredible story you will hear in just a moment. Sr. Alice was on her way to fame and fortune; however, after only two years of playing ball semi-professionally for Mr. Martin, of Lockheed Martin, she left it all. Alice now resides at Assisi House, the retirement convent of the Sisters of St. Francis, you see, Alice left it all to enter the convent.

Brewing Faith, Episode 3 – Christmas Magic

December 13, 2019
Take a listen to our special Christmas Edition of Brewing Faith in which we share some stories about the magic of Christmas through childhood memories and a special Christmas Story in the Franciscan Tradition. Grab your coffee or tea, or whatever you like to brew and take a listen.  Feel free to share: What is Christmas Magic for you?

Brewing Faith, Episode 2 – Belief and Community

November 19, 2019

Last month we discussed the changing dynamics of catechesis in the Church.  We talked about staying at the table and addressed relativism.  In this episode we dig a little deeper into the question of belief and community as we talk with two young women working on Red Hill Farm–Madison Rios and our Franciscan Volunteer, Katherine Stevick. We explore what community means and what it looks like to be a part of a faith community.

Brewing Faith, Episode 1 – Staying at the Table: The Shifting Dynamics of the Church

October 18, 2019

In this inaugural episode of Brewing Faith we discuss the changing dynamics of catechesis in the Church. We challenge relativistic views and discuss the Franciscan concept of ongoing conversion. Join us for story-telling and an interview with Sr. Kathy Dougherty, the congregational minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.