Inspired by Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati’s mantra, “to the heights,” this podcast uses the charism of Frassati's care for the poor and vulnerable to highlight people who are reaching to the heights in their own lives. Host Olivia R. Colombo takes her background in environmental activism and social justice to introduce listeners to people who are making positive change in the world–– activists, religious, journalists, youth ministers, artists, social workers, and everything in between.
October 26th, 2020 | Season 3 | 26 mins 22 secs
action plan, anti-racist, catholic, diversity, racism, resources, social work
Join Olivia this week for a school assignment-turned-podcast about self-awareness on racism and efforts in the faith to become anti-racist.
39: The Irony of Success: How the Solution to Chronic Veteran Homelessness in Boston Perpetuated the Problem
October 19th, 2020 | Season 3 | 36 mins 41 secs
boston homeless, brighton marine, chronic veteran homelessness, investigative journalism, mayor marty walsh
Join Olivia for an investigative journalism story on Boston's chronically homeless veterans, and get to the bottom of whether or not the city has ended chronic veteran homelessness.
October 13th, 2020 | Season 3 | 54 mins 9 secs
haiti, haiti180, ministry life balance, missionary, orphanage, sean forrest, wearing many hats
Sean Forrest, founder and director of Haiti180, joins Olivia to talk about what the journey of starting the orphanage was like, how dangerous our faith can be, and what it's like to wear so many hats.
October 5th, 2020 | Season 3 | 30 mins 46 secs
550 miles, boston college, gordon wayne, walk to end homelessness
Boston College Sophomore Gordon Wayne spent 14 months homeless before a combination of "luck and hard work" allowed him to transfer to Boston College. Rather than flying, like the school offered for him to do, he decided to walk all 550 miles and raise money for the homeless along the way. Olivia and Gordon chat about the experience and where he plans to go from here.
September 28th, 2020 | Season 3 | 49 mins 3 secs
friends of the unborn, pregnancy shelter, pro-life ministry
Here's a look at a maternity home in Quincy, MA, called Friends of the Unborn. If you feel called to support the home and its wonderful moms and babies, the wish-list talked about in the episode can be found here: //gt.gifts/friendsoftheunborn.
August 24th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 12 mins
dietitian anna, health at every size, st. francis of assisi
This week Olivia & Faith bring you a chit-chat, banter-style podcast as they drive home from a hike in New Hampshire. Listen for some silly stories, topics from Twitter, things they've been loving, and other randomness.
August 17th, 2020 | Season 3 | 49 mins 20 secs
build the faith, monica lacouture
Monica Lacouture shares the story of her family and how their faith was strengthened through the inspiration of their daughter Christina, who passed from an aggressive form of cancer a few years ago. With Christina's help and now in her memory, they run the non-profit "Build the Faith," which builds churches in impoverished communities.
August 3rd, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 5 mins
mental health, saint dymphna's playbook, tommy tighe
Tommy Tighe, host of St. Dymphna's Playbook on Grexly, comes back to To the Heights to discuss his journey to becoming a therapist, what he's learned from running SDP, and what we both hope the Church can do to better support and address mental health.
July 27th, 2020 | Season 3 | 54 mins 26 secs
roots & shoots, youth activism
A beautiful friend from the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council swings by to talk about service projects, finding her voice, telling our stories, and her favorite books.
July 20th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 32 mins
One of Olivia's closest friends swings by the show again (after her first appearance in the third-ever episode of TTH!) to chat about her experience as a youth and teen activist. You'll hear what Olivia and Sarah wished people knew about being activists and public figures so early in their lives––what they learned, what they're grateful for, what went wrong, what they got fired up about, and what they wish others would know.
July 13th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 18 mins
catholic social teaching, slow fashion, toxic gear culture
This week Olivia and her hiking buddy Annabelle break down the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching; something they believe all Catholics should know and live by. Listen in for a weekly challenge from Olivia as well as lots of practical tips for living more justly.
July 6th, 2020 | Season 3 | 58 mins 8 secs
boston college church in the 21st century center, catholic diplomacy, catholic relief services, peace corp
Ambassador Ken Hackett has had a wild ride–– from BC, to the Peace Corps, to CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and then to US Ambassador to the Holy See. Hear Olivia explore what it's like to be a Catholic diplomat in this episode recorded in partnership with the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College.
June 29th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 8 mins
4boston, boston college, catholic social teaching, service, social justice
Welcome to Season 3, Hope in Humanity! I am overjoyed to be taking a much-needed look at social justice, Catholic Social Teaching, and activism this season. First up, we have Carly Anderson–– Boston College Campus Minister in charge of 4Boston, a 700-student volunteer organization.
June 22nd, 2020 | 10 mins 42 secs
Hello, friends! Wondering what season 3 is going to be about? Olivia's here with a quick teaser about all that's in store for Season 3, "Hope In Humanity."
See you next week for the first episode! Until then, keep on reaching #totheheights.
26: How To Start Praise & Worship Adoration 101 | Worship Leading, Liturgy Logistics, & Music Selection Tips
April 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 51 mins
adoration, praise and worship
This is the podcast that I wish I had when I wanted to start a praise & worship Holy Hour of Adoration at BC. Faith Payson, Lizzy Roehm, Delia Delorie, Mickayla Hagar, and yours truly share our tips on organizing a holy hour, spreading the word, hosting with/without a priest, creating a set list, working sound systems, and more. This is a nuts & bolts discussion of what we learned through trial and error starting adoration at both a parish and a college.
April 6th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 17 mins
catholic media, catholic twitter, the happy priest
Your favorite dynamic #VanLife #goats duo is back, this time through Zoom. Olivia and Fr. Cassidy catch up on what they've been up to since SLS, how quarantine is treating them, and the real struggles and joys of the Church right now. We talk over-saturation of Catholic media, goats, a priest missing his parishioners, creative ways to survive right now, and how 99% of us are just not built to be hermits.