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PLUGGED IN

Hosted by Mr. Patrick Reidy, Plugged In is a monthly podcast offering personal and professional insights from guests with hands-on involvement in the life of adolescents and expertise in education and related fields. Our goal is to partner with parents and adults involved in the formation of young men and women by inviting them to tune into ongoing and engaging conversations that offer insight into the lives, habits, culture, gifts, and challenges of the current generation of adolescents. We hope these insights will enable all of us to raise young men and women of deep faith, sound intellect, and exceptional character.

EPISODES

Sr Maria Catherine is wearing a white habit with a silver pendant.

Would you believe this faithful and dedicated Catholic sister used to practice witchcraft? Tune in to hear about this story and more as Sr. Maria Catherine shares her colored journey from agnosticism to Catholicism and a life dedicated entirely to Christ and his Church!

  • catholic
  • faith
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What are the best ways for parents to address a serious learning challenge their high schooler is facing? Join JSerra’s Director of Learning and Academic Support, Drew Clute, for this quick tutorial on coaching adolescents struggling with academics. 

  • education
  • learning challenges
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Cara Morales is back! Join her in this mini-podcast as she shares her thoughts about how to prepare well during the days leading up to Christmas so we can experience the fullness of joy this season is meant to offer.

  • Christmas
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With a vibrant Catholic curriculum already in full stride, why would a school like JSerra feel the need to add a campus-wide virtue program? Dominican Sister John Michael explains in this brief mini-podcast.

  • raising teens
  • virtues
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Bridget Desmond is a woman who sees her role of disciplinarian at a Catholic school as exactly that: a call to equip young people with the disciplines — the habits and virtues — that will enable them to achieve the greatness for which they are made.

  • parenting
  • raising teens
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Always informative, our most popular guest, Dr. Leonard Sax, returns to the podcast this year with a special guest in tow: his daughter. Join Dr. Sax and Sarah as they detail what it is that puts American teens today at risk and what parents can do to fortify them against those risks, with proven success.

  • education
  • parenting
  • raising teens
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Opinions from Americans vary widely on the subject of Black History Month.... What should Catholic schools do? In this podcast, Fr. Claude Williams shares his view on a topic of increasing tension within our culture.

  • catholic
  • education
  • racism
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With public schools gone virtual across America, students are finding face-to-face interaction in Catholic schools, and more and more parents are willing to pay for it. The question is: Will these new families stay? In this dynamic podcast, Sr. Maria Catherine explains why she believes they will.

  • catholic
  • education
  • parenting
Connecting Parents to Teens and One Another

Is it too late to connect with my high school teen? Not according to licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Cara Morales! During the challenging adolescent years, communication can get stifled or even conflicted. Cara shares tips for overcoming common obstacles parents face and explains why strong relationships are the key to our children's success — and to our sanity.

  • parenting
  • raising teens

MEET THE HOST

Patrick Reidy is the Vice President of Mission and Faith at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. He is responsible for overseeing the faith formation of students, faculty, and staff and for ensuring mission effectiveness.


Mr. Reidy is a frequent speaker and lecturer on topics related to faith, culture, youth, and the dignity of the human person, and has spoken publicly throughout the U.S., in Mexico and in Latin America. He has had multiple radio appearances on both English and Spanish radio. His recorded presentations are available at Lighthouse Catholic Media.