089: John Michael Talbot on Conversion & Community

by Matthew Leonard
by Matthew Leonard

I’ve met a lot of converts to Catholicism over the years. But John Michael Talbot is unique, to say the least.

And it’s not just because he’s a multi-platinum selling, Grammy / Dove award winning Contemporary Christian Music pioneer.

It’s more.

Lots of people convert, but John Michael has embarked on a full-fledged movement to transform the way Catholics live…which continues to this day.

And the story of his life will both intrigue, inspire, and perhaps even provoke you to take a look at your own life. It did for me.

Among other things we’ll cover:

  • How he became Catholic
  • How the Doobie Brothers saved his life (yup!)
  • Why he believes St. Francis of Assisi is the key to renewal (Check out his brand new book “Francis of Assisi’s Sermon on the Mount“)
  • His take on the direction of America
  • Why he loves the Eastern Catholic Church
  • His emphasis upon the role of the Holy Spirit (& Our Lady)

So sit back and enjoy a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation with John Michael Talbot, an icon for our times.

God bless!


P.S. New pilgrimage announcement coming soon. And I’ve got a hint for you…St. John Paul II and his favorite Lady.

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10 Responses

  1. Matthew, Thank you so much for having John Michael Talbot on your pod cast. He really spoke to my heart. I was sad to see that his community is not accepting applications, except for those who are single, celibate and under 45. I was very much interested in joining the Domestic Experience. Perhaps you can share how I could contact the other communities he mentioned, (Dominicans, Benedictans, Carmelites, Franciscans) those that have communities for people who are married and living in their own homes. Thanks again. Teresa

    1. Teresa – I’m not sure, but I think you might be mistaken. I know a married couple with a bunch of kids who are in what Talbot’s community call “cell groups” (members of the community who live in their own homes). Is that what you’re looking for? If you want, I can have one of those cell group leaders (who lives in Michigan) reach out to you. Let me know.

  2. I’d like to learn and know more about the community John Micheal Talbot is talking about.

  3. This podcast was very enlightening. Change and revival are ahead. We must be willing to be open to the Spirit’s call in each of our lives.

  4. Mason Prophet?!?! I loved them! But I even more so love JMT! WOW! What a story he’s lived! I’m so inspired!
    Thank you for this great discussion, which I couldn’t get enough of.

  5. Teresa, the Domestic Expression of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity certainly do accept all ages and states of life. We have many, many married couples and families across the nation who are a part of it. You can find all the information you need at: https://www.bscdomestic.org/

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