I’m going to do my best and list the top 15 best Catholic YouTube channels to start watching today if you want to grow in your Catholic faith.
I spend way too much time watching YouTube videos. Although, that’s ok because Catholic YouTube Channels have helped me to grow as a Catholic. There are Catholic channels on every subject, from apologetics to scripture to Catholic homemaking.
In my testimony, I talk about how I came back to my faith after falling away for several years. Watching Catholics on YouTube share their faith stories and testimonies, was a crucial part of my conversion.
These days, faithful Catholics have taken over YouTube. As a result, many good people are using YouTube to spread the Gospel message and with amazing success.
If you don’t see your favorite Catholic YouTuber on this list, be sure to comment at the bottom of this blog post.
Heather is a Catholic wife and mom with 5 kids. Here video topics range from testimonies, motherhood/marriage lifestyle, using the Natural Family Planning method, homemaking, cleaning, and recipes.
As a Catholic mom, wife, and homemaker myself, she’s been a big inspiration for me. That’s why I put her as my top recommendation.
Her “Let’s Chat” videos where she’s folding clothes are my favorite to watch (because I always have a full basket load of laundry ready to fold). So I’ll post one here for you to watch:
Deena of, A Catholic Wife, YouTube Channel is a mother of four children. In addition to being a Catholic homemaker and she’s also very passionate about traditional Catholicism. If you enjoy the Traditional Latin Mass, you’ll definitely enjoy her channel.
I’ll post one of her videos here, where she discusses Traditional Latin Mass Missals. I learned a lot from this video:
Laura of, What Laura Likes, YouTube channel is a mother of two and a military mom. Aside from being a Catholic homeschool mom and homemaker, Laura also enjoys speaking about the Traditional Latin Mass. She was the first Catholic mom YouTuber I started watching when I was born again Catholic. She’s very down-to-earth and I really enjoy her content. She’s done collaborations with A Catholic Mom Life.
I’ll post one of her recent videos here:
That’s about it for Catholic Mom YouTubers on this list. They made the top 3 on the list because as a Catholic mom, it’s the kind of content I find most relatable and informative. If you know any Catholic mom YouTuber, please let me know in the comments below.
The entire Ascension Presents team is amazing. I love their YouTube channel, their podcasts, their books, and bible courses. After the sex abuse scandal of 2018, I did not want to be Catholic. Truly, I was disgusted by what I heard on the news. To make matters worse, I had acquaintances and coworkers that demonized all Catholics because of the sex abuse scandals. They used statements like “by belonging to an evil organization, you’re an enabler” or “how could you be associated with people that do those evil things?” or “the church is filled with priests like that because of the chaste vows they take.” I didn’t have an answer for them. I knew they were wrong but I didn’t know how to answer them.
I wanted to quit being Catholic. By this point, I was already falling away from my faith and this was what made me pull away further from the church. But then I saw a video with Father Mike Schmitz on Ascension Presents and it made me feel better. I didn’t go to Mass right away after watching that video but I didn’t renounce my faith either. Eventually, I came back. I’m so glad I saw that video because it allowed me to hold on for a while longer.
Outside of this event, Ascension Presents usually doesn’t discuss current events. The majority of their content is centered around timeless questions about the faith and answering the call to vocations such as marriage or religious vocations. My favorite videos are the ones with Jackie and Bobby Angel. They usually discuss Catholic marriage and parenthood.
If you’re looking for a true and beautiful brotherhood, this is the place to find it. These brothers are in the Bronx of New York. I’m currently reading, Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress, by Father Mark-Mary CFR and it’s amazing. I’m loving the book so far. In this book, he discusses how the Franciscans serve the poor in the Bronx. I teared up when I read that section of the book. Sometimes I pass through poverty and crime stuck areas of cities near my home and the situation looks hopeless. I’m so grateful to God, that he’s sent these brothers to serve those who most need it.
You’ll witness how they live and love God.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal channel shows glimpses of the lives these brothers live. It’s also where the brothers post their podcast in video format called, Poco a Poco (little by little). They discuss a variety of topics around the Catholic faith with a Franciscan touch.
If you’re looking for amazing Catholic music, you can also find it on this channel. Brother Isaiah and the other music artists are extremely talented. The songs are so uplifting and inspiring. Even when I’m struggling to pray, I just put on my headphones and jam out. Just as the famous saying goes, “he who sings prays twice.”
My favorite songs include:
As amazing as all these things I’ve shared about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal is, I haven’t shared my favorite video yet. My whole life I’ve struggled to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I’ve always felt uninspired and robotic when I’ve prayed it. But not anymore. About a year ago, the brothers shared a video that struck me directly to my heart and impacted my prayer life.
I’ll post it here for you to see for yourself:
Since I just finished talking about Franciscans on YouTube, I felt it appropriate to talk about Dominicans as well. The Thomistic Institute is one of my favorite channels on YouTube. On this channel, you’ll learn all about the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, for the experts on Aquinas, the Dominicans. They take complex, theological matters and explain them in a way that I could understand. Their use of graphics is perfect for visual learners. Their videos are not only informative and faith-enriching but also enjoyable to watch.
The first time I came across Dr. Brant Pitre was on a Lectio course I watched on Formed. While taking the course, I really enjoyed his style of teaching so I started watching him on YouTube as well. On the Catholic Productions YouTube channel, you’ll learn about scripture in an in-depth way. Dr. Brant Pitre explains the Sunday Mass readings, the Old Testament, Bible history, and various theological themes.
Another Youtube channel that has transformed my view of scripture and deepened my bible studies is the St. Paul Center. Brilliant Catholic authors, Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. John Bergsma walk you through scripture readings and explain the theological themes and context of each scripture reading.
This is my favorite video from the St. Paul Center:
Keith Nester used to be a pastor for 20 years but in 2017 he converted to Catholicism. A year later he wrote a book about his conversion titled, The Convert’s Guide to Roman Catholicism: Your First Year in the Church. Keith Nester is very passionate about his newly found faith and his zeal is contagious! I’m a cradle Catholic but I enjoy listening to him share his testimony. Every day, he prays the Rosary with his subscribers. If you love praying the Rosary daily, you’ll enjoy praying with Keith Nester. Just check out his Rosary Crew daily live streams.
Here’s my favorite video from Keith Nester’s YouTube Channel:
This show centered around the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas and was hosted by author, Matt Fradd. I bought his books, How to be Happy: Saint Thomas’ Secret to a Good Life and the Pocket Guide to the Rosary Reflection from the Bible and the Saints. Both are great resources.
The Pints with Aquinas podcast is structured around long-form discussions. His video with Seamus Coughlin of Freedom Toons lasted over 4 hours long!
And yes, I did watch the whole video.
He also hosts and moderates debates on the most hot-button issues affecting the Catholic faith with the most brilliant minds on either side of these issues today such as God’s Existence – Trent Horn Vs. Alex O’Connor of Cosmic Skeptic and Abortion Debate: Stephanie Gray Connors Vs. Abortionist Dr. Malcom Potts. There are many debates on his podcast but these are the most notable in my opinion. He also hosts bible studies which are my favorite form of content from his channel.
But who has 4 hours?!
If you’re pressed for time and don’t have one to four hours to listen to a single podcast. I don’t blame you; you can visit Sips with Aquinas (Matt Fradd’s second channel) for short-form content usually between three minutes and ten minutes long. Believe me, I too, am relieved that I can listen to this great content without investing so much time!
I discovered IMBeggar on Formed.org and I was so happy to find this channel on YouTube as well. I don’t assume many Catholics have heard of this channel. This channel has a unique perspective, theological depth, and amazing graphic animations. This is the most mysterious channel on this list since I know nothing about the creator, animator, and narrator assuming it’s the same person. I can only speak to my experience of this channel and its content.
It’s amazing, thought-provoking, and highly shareable short-form content.
The creator has this to say about this channel, “IMBeggar, is New Evangelization movement. Although we are Catholic, we simply hope to reach anyone who may be curious about God, have questions about God, have a bad idea about God, are not really sure about God… but are searching like the rest of us. No preaching, no judgement, no pointing fingers. Promise.”
The zeal of the Marian Father of the Divine Mercy Shrine is incredible. The Marians are a Congregation of more than 500 priests and brothers in 19 countries. The Marian Fathers have been the official promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message since 1941. But they have so much more to offer than just talking about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion.
Let me explain:
So when I had my conversion (return to the faith) I didn’t want to take on another devotion. I was overwhelmed by all the prayers and devotions the church has to offer. However, I did want to do everything I could to learn about the Catholic faith. I had realized that since I did not have a proper formation when I was challenged I struggled to hold on to my faith resulting in my fall from the church. I was willing to read, study and learn so that I could be formed.
By recommendation, I started to read 33 Days to Morning Glory by Marian Father, Michael Gaitley, and I loved it. I also watched the Hearts-A-Fire retreat on Formed complete with video and printable workbook; I used to stay up until 2 am filling out my workbook since I did the retreat after I put my baby and toddler to bed. When I finished on the Feast of Fatima, 2020.
Then I found their YouTube Channel:
I was pleased when I learned the Marian Fathers had a YouTube channel. My favorite content from the channel is called, Explaining the Faith with Fr. Chris Alar. It’s a must-see for all Catholics as it is very informative and faith-enriching. Father Chris Alar is very knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, scripture and is passionate about evangelization.
Don’t worry, these videos aren’t boring lectures. They are lectures but by no means are they boring! Father Chris Alar is very energetic and passionate about the topics he discusses, it’s difficult to get distracted.
These videos are both informative and enjoyable.
However, my favorite video on the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel is by Father Michael Gaitley. He shares an important message about all the issues affecting the Catholic church. This video speaks directly to the issues while also being heartfelt and honest. I hope you’ll check it out.
It may come as a surprise to you that I didn’t like Bishop Robert Barron for about a year or two. I had heard things like “he’s a heretic”, “he hates tradition” and “he’s misleading the laity” and I thought this was true. I jumped to this conclusion without bases (because I didn’t think someone would tell such a defamatory lie about a Bishop).
In truth, I see how I was wrong.
Honestly, I had never even seen a single one of his videos. I should have looked into what he’s saying before just accepting what I was being told. It wasn’t until he released the Word on Fire bible that I decided to start watching his videos. I was moved by how beautiful the bible was that I had to look into his content on YouTube.
And I’m so glad I did.
After watching a few videos, I found his commentaries to be insightful. His commentaries on the culture as it relates to the faith are the most thought-provoking in my opinion. Recently, I signed up for the Word on Fire Institute because I was moved by his zeal for evangelization. I especially enjoy when Bishop Barron does collaborations such as on the Book Club with Michael Knowles or on the Babylon Bee.
Looking back, I regret jumping to conclusions. One video that really stood out to me is called, Bishop Barron on “Silence”. This movie review, I believe – unintentionally – rebuttals all the criticisms I’ve heard against Bishop Robert Barron.
Here, I’ll post my favorite video from his channel:
This show has the best production quality of any show on this list. The Catholic Talkshow is a laid-back enjoyable show with three hosts Ryan DellaCrosse, Ryan Scheel, and Fr. Rich Pagano.
Although, just because I called this a laidback show doesn’t mean that it’s not packed with informative biblical history, theology, and doctrine. As a result, I have learned a lot from this show but my biggest takeaway is that it is very enjoyable.
Their opener and studio set is really cool. I recommend checking them out on YouTube. Although, even if you’re just listening to them on a podcast platform, they have a lot of great content on incredibly fascinating topics.
Their shows include:
- The 7 Most Mysterious People In The Bible
- Why Satan HATES The Virgin Mary
- The Differences Between Catholic Religious Orders
And my personal favorite episode: The Occult & Black Magic With Jimmy Akin
In this episode they discuss these topics:
- What is the Occult?
- What Aquinas wrote about The Occult
- Are Curses real? Can they be broken?
- Do Witches actually have powers?
- Can Catholics believe in Astrology?
- Do Ghosts Exist?
- Do Crystals and Amulets have any effects?
Trust me, it’s an extremely fascinating podcast.
I’ll post it here:
Did you see your favorite Catholic YouTuber on this list?
Let me know in the comments below who your favorite YouTubers are!
Personally, the channels on this list are NOT in order of my favorite to least favorite. If I tried to rank these channels many would end up in a tie. It’s amazing how all these YouTubers have unique talents, knowledge of the faith, and specializations.
What I love most about all these YouTubers is the zeal they have for evangelization, scripture, and the Catholic faith.
I hope you enjoyed and found this listicle of great channels helpful. For more content like this, check out my Catholic Resources for more suggestions of podcasts, books, and other faith-enriching resources. Thank you for reading.