Coffee with Vermont Catholics 

Coffee with Archbishop Coyne launched in 2021 and featured Archbishop Christopher Coyne and Alayna Masker discussing current events, programs, and topics related to the Catholic Church in Vermont. Last November Denise Watson took over the co-host position. When Archbishop Coyne’s farewell episode publishes on Oct. 4, there will have been 90 episodes of the weekly series, with topics ranging from Archbishop Coyne’s priestly experience, liturgical seasons, the challenges for the Church in Vermont, the synod, lay formation and youth education programs, Catholic schools, and the archbishop’s cooking and garden.

With a new name, Coffee with Vermont Catholics will feature Watson with a special guest each week to discuss programs, project, or topics related to the Catholic Church. ” I am getting more and more excited for the opportunity to launch Coffee with Vermont Catholics and have conversations with Catholics all across the state, to hear about their passion for their work and the vibrant activities and programs in our parishes, schools, and local communities” Watson said.

Coffee with Vermont Catholics episodes will premiere every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. on the Diocese of Burlington’s Facebook page as well as on the diocesan website, First guests will include Msgr. John McDermott to discuss his role of diocesan administrator after the archbishop’s departure to the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut; Deacon Gerry Scilla to discuss his prison ministry work with Vermont Catholic Charities; and Father Luke Austin to discuss his work as judicial vicar of the diocesan tribunal.

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—Originally published in the Fall 2023 edition of Vermont Catholic magazine.