New venture to focus on bold, timely stories of hope and inspiration highlighting local people and communities of faith

DETROITDetroit Catholic, the news and storytelling publication of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will launch a new biweekly podcast Nov. 6.

The podcast, called “Detroit Stories,” will be a chance for the publication to expand its reach with a new medium, examining stories of inspiration and hope in a new way, said Detroit Catholic editor Michael Stechschulte.

“Over the past two years, our readers have come to expect quality journalism and storytelling from Detroit Catholic, and this podcast is another chance for us to deliver that to them,” Stechschulte said. “Through ‘Detroit Stories,’ we hope to introduce bold, faith-filled witnesses in southeast Michigan who are living in an exciting, counter-cultural way.”

In the 21st century, listeners have plenty of podcast options available to them, Stechschulte said, but what sets “Detroit Stories” apart will be its focus on Detroit-centric interviews and timely, inspirational topics.

“Our mission as a diocesan news publication is to build community around the stories that connect us all,” Stechschulte said. “Our local Church has a unique story to tell, and we want to be at the forefront telling it.”

Unlike the Archdiocese of Detroit’s two existing podcasts, “Open Door Policy” and “Eyes on Jesus” with Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, “Detroit Stories” will take a more journalistic approach, focusing on storytelling and narration rather than live, in-studio interviews.

Each episode will feature a unique person, ministry or timely news topic relevant to Catholics and others in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Stechschulte said.

“With this new medium, our hope is to create a shallow entry point where listeners — regardless of how involved they might be in their parish — can be inspired to imitate Christ’s call to holiness,” Stechschulte said. “People respond to authentic and heroic witness more than teachers, and that’s what ‘Detroit Stories’ hopes to highlight.”

Listeners will be able to find ‘Detroit Stories’ on Apple, Google Podcasts or Spotify, but each episode also will be posted on DetroitCatholic.com.