's New Brand Manager Danielle Bean Plans Podcast, Video



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When Danielle Bean was named Brand Manager for, which includes news, information and regular contributions and postings about Catholic topics of interest to mothers and families, the CatholicMom community gained a veteran communicator. Danielle’s role is to continue and grow’s unique outreach and create new content, including podcasts.

That new content has already begun to make its mark on with the rebooted CM Hangout, a weekly feature now hosted on Facebook Live and shared on the website once the session is completed. The CM Hangout features an interactive format; viewers can leave comments or questions on Facebook during the Facebook Live session, and Danielle incorporates those into the discussion. Hangouts will cover a variety of seasonally-relevant topics.

In the works is a new podcast, to be titled CatholicMomcast: Conversations about Faith, Family, and Fun. This podcast will feature Danielle along with founder Lisa Hendey; the two will interview leaders in Catholic ministry as part of their conversation on faith, family, work, and relationships. Our “name the podcast” contest yielded many interesting and clever names, and we’re pleased to announce that reader Nancy Carpentier Brown came up with the winning title!

“We are as delighted to welcome Danielle Bean as we were last summer to welcome Lisa Hendey and CatholicMom to our family of ministries,” said Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “CatholicMom is reaching the 21st-century young Catholic family with faith, hope and love. Danielle will help us enhance this important ministry with content that is relevant, informative and meaningful and pregnant with the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith.”

As brand manager, Danielle is responsible for growing as a ministry and introducing it to new audiences through a variety of media, including podcasts, video and social media. She will be instrumental in nurturing and developing the community as a place that supports and encourages Catholic women from all walks of life in their vocations.

“I’m delighted that Danielle Bean joined our family at,” Lisa Hendey said. “She is a faith-filled evangelist, a gifted communicator and a loving wife and mom. Having Danielle at our helm equips our team to create even more resources for the families, parishes and children we serve around the world. Coupled with the priestly oversight of Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C, Danielle’s leadership points to a bright and innovative future for our entire community.”

Danielle, former publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest, is creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women’s television talk show in production of its seventh season on CatholicTV, as well as creator and host of the popular Girlfriends podcast. She has authored several books for women, including Small Steps for Catholic Moms (Ave Maria Press 2013), Momnipotent (Ascension Press 2014) and You’re Worth It! (Beacon 2015). Danielle is a sought-after speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, parenting, marriage and the spirituality of motherhood.

Danielle and her husband Dan are both graduates of Saint Anselm College. They have been married for 24 years and live with their 8 children in New Hampshire. was founded in 2000 by Lisa Hendey to create a community for Catholic parents to share insights on living out their faith with their family. Through an array of contributors, provides information, activities and reflections daily. More than 145 contributors provide fresh perspectives on a variety of topics important to parents. merged with Holy Cross Family Ministries last year. What started as one Catholic mom’s journey has grown into a rich resource for all Catholics.

In the spirit of its founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, Holy Cross Family Ministries inspires, promotes and fosters the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world. Its mission outreach includes family faith-based media, including social media and prayer programs, to fulfill the founder’s vision that “the family that prays together stays together.” For more information, go to, and

Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
With information provided by Holy Cross Family Ministries


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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