Kate Dawson is kind of the reason my marriage is doing okay right now. Just kidding. But only a little bit kidding.
Kate is a stay-at-home mother of five, she blogs at Day to Day Dawsons, and she is a happy wife to husband David. Kate and David are responsible for bringing the Domestic Church movement for Catholic married couples to the United States, where their diocese in Lake Charles, Louisiana was the first English-speaking diocese in the world to have a Domestic Church circle.
Kate gives us some great information about Domestic Church in this episode, including the neat backstory of how David Dawson first learned about Domestic Church, how a certain not-the-Pope-yet John Paul II was an enthusiastic supporter of the movement, and how David and Kate discerned the process of bringing Domestic Church back home to the United States.
Kate and I also talk about marriage in the trenches of day-to-day life, and how the Domestic Church’s “gifts” of daily couple prayer, family prayer, individual prayer, a monthly marriage dialogue, and developing a rule of life nurture strong, faith-filled homes and marriages. Domestic Church couples also meet monthly with a group of other couples and a priest, and we discussed how the community that naturally forms through that is a great blessing in marriage as well.
We had a lot of laughs in this episode, mostly because Kate is hilarious and honest and engaging and awesome. You’ll want to be her friend too after this episode. If I had enough time and energy, I’d produce a little outtakes add-on for this episode, because we had to stop more than once because we were goofing off so much!
Michael and I have been friends with David and Kate for years, and it was my pleasure to have Kate in the studio with me to record the show. I was slightly disappointed that she didn’t bring precious newborn Mary Claire to sing backup for the show, but she assured me that David had all five children completely under control for the evening so she could record with me. What a guy!
After listening to this episode, you might enjoy reading about how Domestic Church has changed my marriage. It’s been a game-changer for us.
Links from this episode:
Day to Day Dawsons (Kate’s blog)
How Domestic Church Changed My Marriage (Michael and I’s story about joining Domestic Church)