Diana von Glahn admits her method can be “pretty random” for picking pilgrimage sites to feature on “The Faithful Traveler,” her new EWTN television show.
“I go online and just do some searches,” Von Glahn said with a laugh. “But as I look back at our first season, there’s a strong theme of the growth of the Catholic Church in the United States. I certainly didn’t plan it. It was our executive producer – the Holy Spirit.”
The Baltimore archdiocese, the foundation of American Catholicism, is featured prominently in several upcoming episodes. A program on St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site on Paca Street in Baltimore and the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg will air April 4 and 8.
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland will be highlighted April 25 and 29, and St. Alphonsus Shrine in Baltimore will be spotlighted May 2 and 6.
The programs outline the history of the pilgrimage sites and explore their art and architecture. The episodes, which Von Glahn hosts, incorporate a variety of music ranging from rock and techno to traditional church music.
“We didn’t want to be the talking head show,” said Von Glahn, who is based near Philadelphia. “We really wanted to use contemporary television techniques to grab people’s attention and then educate them. It’s like a virtual tour.”
For a complete schedule of episodes, visit www.thefaithfultraveler.com.