Schmitz told Sabol that three “ingredients” helped make the podcast more accessible to listeners who otherwise might have been too intimidated by the prospect of reading all 73 books of the Bible.
“Those three things — just press play, you have a map, and you have a guide — I think that was a really good mixture of ingredients to help people who really desired to hear God's word to be able to actually follow through all 365 days.”
Though the podcast has now concluded, it will remain available on every major podcast app for new users to listen to in the future.
In addition, a Spanish-language version of the podcast, “La Biblia en un año,” launched Jan. 1, featuring original commentary and a native-Spanish speaking host, Dominican Father Sergio Serrano, director of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Ascension also will host a virtual retreat in February to support the community that grew around the podcast in 2021.
Schmitz’s next project
Now that “Bible in a Year” has concluded, what’s next for Schmitz?
Schmitz revealed to Sabol that his original pitch to Ascension was to read both the Bible and the entirety of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in combination over the course of the year.
“I'm really glad we didn’t do it at the same time because that would have been a whole other can of worms,” he said.
Now, however, a catechism-in-a-year project is in the early stages of development, Schmitz revealed. You can hear Schmitz discussing the project in the video below.
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“We wanted to give people a time to be able to finish the Bible podcast before they had this other thing, you know, on their shoulders,” he said, “and so we're going to start it in 2023, God willing, if we get all the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted.”
That’s good news for those who are still somewhere between the Royal Kingdom and the Gospel of Luke, and even better news for those who have yet to join Schmitz and Cavins on an audio pilgrimage through salvation history.