Theology on Tap

The Passing Currents Podcast regularly hosts Theology on Tap series in Rochester, MN. To see the schedule for upcoming series or to listen to preview series, see below. If you are interested in helping with the planning and production of Theology on Tap in Rochester, or if you are interesting in sponsoring the series, please let us know at


During May and June of 2019, the Passing Current Podcast (in conjunction with Rochester Young Adult Catholic Ministries and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester) is hosting a five-pack Theology on Tap series at Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester, MN. The list of speakers are below. We hope you can join us for this event!

The full list of talks:
May 13th: #SQUAD: The Need for Community (Rev. Mr. Matt Wagner)
May 20th: Why You Shouldn't Kill Yourself (Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust)
June 3rd: Male & Female: Catholic Teaching and Gender Ideology (Rev. Jonathan Fasnacht)
June 10th: Reasonable Faith (Ethan Heinzen)
June 17th: Grill the Bishop w/ Most. Rev. John Quinn


During January and February of 2019, the Passing Current Podcast (in conjunction with Rochester Young Adult Catholic Ministries and Real Presence Radio) hosted a six-pack Theology on Tap series (which became a five-pack, due to weather) at Kathy’s Pub in Rochester, MN. Each of these talks are posted below; we hope you enjoy these presentations! A special thanks to all of our speakers, both those who did speak and those who were stopped by bad weather: Tim Streiff, Brian Kusek, Father Jason Kern, Theresa Martin, Father The Hoang, Father Tim Biren, and Susan Windley-Daoust.

Theology on Tap VI: Grill the Priest (Father The Hoang)

For this, our final Theology on Tap presentation, we had to pull an audible: due to inclement weather, our planned speaker, Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, was unable to make it. However, this gave us a chance to make up the Grill the Priest session that we lost due to weather two weeks ago. Father The Hoang of Pax Christ Catholic Church in Rochester was willing to sit down with us and field questions from the audience (you may remember Father The from when he was on the podcast last spring as then-Deacon The). Enjoy!

Theology on Tap V: Living Out the Truth of Sexuality (Theresa Martin)

This week, we present to you the fifth talk of our Theology on Tap series (alas, ToT IV was cancelled due to weather). It features an OUTSTANDING talk by Theresa Martin on living out the truths of our sexuality. She focuses in particular on the letters and lessons of a certain Polish priest named Karol Wojtyła…whom some of you may know better as Pope John Paul II. Enjoy!

Theology on Tap III: The Church in Crisis (Fr. Jason Kern)

In this week’s Theology on Tap presentation, Fr. Jason Kern (vocations director for the Diocese of WInona) speaks on the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. He gives his insights on the many facets of the scandals, and—most importantly—addresses how we as Christians can continue to keep our focus on Christ in this time. It is, perhaps more than any other episode we have presented to you before, an important talk. We hope you find it as valuable as we did, and we hope you will share it with your friends and family so that we all may continue to have this conversation that must be had.

Theology on Tap II: Save Beauty, Save the World (Brian Kusek)

In this week’s Theology on Tap presentation, our very own Brian Kusek speaks on beauty and why it matters.

Recommended Reads: Thomas Aquinas, Summa TheologiaeDennis McNamara, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the LiturgyDuncan Stroik, The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the EternalJacques Maritain, Art and Poetry; C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism; C.S. Lewis, Til We Have Faces; Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists

Theology On Tap I: Getting A Sense Of Holy Humor (Tim Streiff)

In this, the first talk of our Winter Theology on Tap series, Tim Streiff speaks on the mechanics of humor and what it has to do with our spirituality and quest for holiness.

Recommended Reads: Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton; Manalive, G.K. Chesterton; Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper; The Clouds, Aristophanes; The Odyssey, Homer; The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis; A Man of the Beatitudes: Letters from Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Luciana Frassati Gawronska .


During June and July of 2018, the Passing Current Podcast (in conjunction with Powers Ventures, Rochester Young Adult Catholic Ministries, and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester) hosted a six-pack Theology on Tap series at Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria in Rochester, MN. Each of these six talks are posted below; we hope you enjoy these presentations! A special thanks to all of our speakers: Charles Schmitt, Peter Martin, Ben Frost, Eric Klein, Father Jason Kern, Dana Petricka, and Brandon Wanless.

Theology on Tap I: How the Catholic Church Saved Beer (Charles Schmitt)

In our first Theology on Tap presentation, Charles Schmitt discusses the history of beer and what role the Church played in that history. He follows it up with an excellent Q & A session responding to questions about beer and other lesser topics. Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton; Everything Ever Written By G.K. Chesterton; Into Great Silence (DVD).

Theology on Tap III: Eflangelization (Eric Klein)

In our third installment of the Theology on Tap series, we have a talk that was a surprise for all of us (including Brian and Eric!). When our originally-scheduled speaker became ill a few hours before the talk, an emergency audible was pulled, and Eric ended up delivering a talk on the great American Catholic author Flannery O'Connor and what her witness tells us about evangelization today. Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: The Habit of Being, Flannery O'Connor; Prayer Journal, Flannery O'Connor; Mystery and Manners, Flannery O'Connor; Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor; The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O'Connor; The Complete Stories, Flannery O'Connor; Art and Scholasticism, Jacques Maritain. 

Theology on Tap IV: Grill the Priest w/ Rev. Jason Kern

Finally, the one you've been waiting for...The fifth installment of our Theology on Tap series: Grill the Priest with the great Father Jason Kern. Father Kern is vocations director for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, and spent well over an hour answering questions of all kinds. Enjoy!

NOTE: There were over two dozen questions submitted by the audience that we were unable to get to due to time. We have saved those questions and are still going to set up a time with Father Kern to have him answer the remainder. We'll post the audio of that when it happens!

Theology on Tap V: There's Something About Mary (Dana Petricka)

In this, the final Theology on Tap presentation, Dana Petricka (youth and young adult director for Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, MN, and dear friend of the podcast) spoke on the Catholic Church's teachings on Mary and shared her own experience and relationship with Mary as well. As always, there was a fantastic Q&A session afterward. Be sure to check out the recommended reads attached to the episode!

Recommended Reads: BOOK CATEGORYHail, Holy Queen, Scott Hahn; True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort; World's First Love, Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen; The Sources of Catholic Dogma, Henry Denzinger.

Recommended Reads: CHURCH DOC CATEGORYIneffabilit Deus, Pope Bl. Pius IX; Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII; Christi MatriPope Paul VI; Signum MagnumPope Paul VIMarialis CultusPope Paul VIRedemptoris MaterPope St. John Paul II; Stuff from the Lateran Council in 649 (regarding Mary's perpetual virginity); Stuff from the Council of Ephesus in 431 (regarding Mary as the Theotokos).

Theology on Tap VI: Holy Sex: Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later (Brandon Wanless, Ph.D)

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! both Brian and his wife, Michelle (3 years) AND to the promulgation of Humanae Vitae (50 years). In honor of this day (Wednesday, July 25th), we've offer you our sixth Theology on Tap presentation, by Brandon Wanless, called "Holy Sex! Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later." In this presentation, Brandon does a tremendous job laying out the historical context of the document, what the document actually says, and what has happened since the document's release. Of course, there is an excellent Q&A session afterward. Enjoy! 

Recommended Reads/Listens: Anything by Dr. Janet Smith, Anything by Mary Eberstadt (especially Adam and Eve After the Pill), and Anything by Michael Waldstein.