About the show

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 everyone in between.

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Episodes

  • 10: Be the Yeast in the Dough | Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart

    August 5th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 49 secs
    religious life, works of mercy

    It’s the last episode of season 1, and we certainly have a special guest in store! So far this season we’ve heard from youth ministers, priests, pro-life speakers, youth activists–– and in this episode we have another beautiful religious sister to sha...

  • Episode 9: Donkey Ridin’ | Fr. Sinisa & Fr. Matthew

    July 29th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 13 mins
    mission trips, priesthood, youth ministry

    Meet Fr. Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Fr. Matthew Conley. Hobbies include bringing teens to Christ and riding donkeys. 
    In this ninth episode of season 1 of the To the Heigths podcast, we are so excited to introduce you to this dyanmic duo.  Throughout sea...

  • Episode 8: Just Being A Priest | Fr. Damian Ference

    July 22nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins
    academia, culture, music, philosophy, priesthood

    We’re eight episodes into the first ever season of To the Heights!  In this eighth episode, we talk to our furthest away guest--- 4,094.215 miles away in Rome to be exact. 
    Fr. Damian Ference is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, studying for his d...

  • Episode 7: Tuesdays at The Torch | Boston College Catholic Newspaper Staff

    July 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 7 mins
    catholic journalism, catholic on campus

    Every Tuesday, our host Olivia spends her evenings––and sometimes into the late night and early morning–– with this special crew.  
    Ever wonder what the process of publishing a newspaper is like? In this seventh episode, we hear from members of Boston Co...

  • Episode 6: The Catholic Twitter Parish | Tommy Tighe & Steve the Missionary

    July 8th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    social media

    This sixth episode is bound to be a favorite! This week we get to sit down with Tommy Tighe & Steve the Missionary, #CatholicTwitter friends and co-hosts of CatholicTV’s hit show Repent & Submit. Tommy (@theghissilent) is a dad and a marriage and family ...

  • Episode 5: McDonald’s French Fries & the #MediaNuns | Sr. Bethany Davis, FSP

    July 1st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
    religious life

    In this fifth episode, and one of Olivia’s all-time favorites episodes, we get to hear from the Sr. Bethany of the Daughters of St. Paul. Sr. Bethany, a young media nun living in Alexandria, Virgina, discusses her vocation story, what formation in ...

  • Episode 4: From the Sports Field to Haiti | Max Loeb & Gavin Lanard

    June 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  54 mins 18 secs
    athletics

    In this fourth episode, Olivia sits down to catch up with Boston College High School students and friends, Gavin Larnard and Max Loeb.

    Gavin and Max, a rising senior and now rising college freshman, discuss their experiences in youth ministry, a prog...

  • Episode 3: No Prayer, No Activism | Teen Activist Sarah Ryan

    June 17th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 39 secs
    activism, prayer

    After previously chatting with a youth minister and then the president of Students for Life of America, in this episode we sit down with 18-year-old Sarah Ryan to hear the authentic perspective of a Catholic teen.
    Sarah is a teen activist, passionatel...

  • Episode 2: It’s a Mission, Not a Job | SFLA President Kristan Hawkins

    June 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 43 secs
    feminism, human rights, pro-life

    Note: The To The Heights Podcast no longer stands in agreement with the actions of Students for Life of America. Particularly since the airing of this episode, SFLA has made statements and posts in conflict with the message that pro-life means to compassionately protect life from womb to tomb. We protect the life of the marginalized, the imprisoned, immigrants, and minorities. We stand firmly against the death penalty. We try our hardest to learn with love and see the complexity of all issues. We approach these topics humbly and strive to love in a way that we wish others in the modern pro-life movement would also. For more on this, listen to the end of Episode 27 to hear Olivia address it. This episode will remain available with this disclaimer.

  • Episode 1: Saints, Otters, & Everything In-Between | Youth Minister Mickayla Hagar

    June 1st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 34 secs
    life teen, mission trips, youth ministry

    In this first episode we chat with Mickayla Hagar, a young, super cool high school youth minister in Hingham, MA. She’s a graduate of Franciscan University, she’s currently hiking the Camino de Santiago, and she really loves otters.
    Here’s a glimpse of ...

  • Welcome to the To the Heights Podcast!

    May 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 57 secs

    Welcome to the podcast! We’re so excited to start sharing stories of young Catholics who are reaching to the heights in their own lives.  

    Here’s a quick teaser to meet our host, Olivia Colombo, learn about the name of the podcast, and hear some of the h...