The 15th Station Podcast Network


The 15th Station podcast was launched on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15) 2007, as that is the feast day of New Zealand. The podcast was launched as a collaborative project sponsored by the NZ Catholic national Catholic newspaper as part of its “new media” strategy.

In late 2008, just ahead of the first birthday of the original podcast, the 15th Station became a podcast network with the launch of two new podcasts: Catechiwi, a monthly catechesis/teaching podcast; and Familia, a monthly pro-life podcast in partnership with Family Life International in New Zealand.

At the end of 2009, as the network of podcasts and blogs continued to expand, the NZ Catholic team needed to focus their resources on their core business of producing New Zealand’s top Catholic newspaper. So, they looked for a partner to take the reins and continue to expand and develop the Catholic new media projects they had so ably started.

Enter Icon Media, a new New Zealand organisation which had been formed specifically to spread the message of the Church using digital means. The vision for the 15th Station is to continue to invest in and grow the stable of podcasts, as well as form partnerships with other Catholic media organisations throughout the country and the world, such as SQPN. The first new podcast under this vision is Ignition, a regular podcast launched in 2011 that provides serialised access to some of the great lectures and other content from events like Hearts Aflame and 6pence.

The latest episodes on the network

Station XV: Episode 148 — COVID, Cardinal, Celebration, Commemoration

15 March 2020 | 11:41 pm
Sun Mar 15 23:41:14 2020

The news has been coming thick and fast on the COVID-19 pandemic, including as it relates to Masses and other public gatherings. Anna, Don, Gavin and James try to keep up with it all in this month’s episode. They also …

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Station XV: Episode 147 — Exhortation, Celebration, Consecration and Conversion

15 February 2020 | 9:37 am
Sat Feb 15 09:37:09 2020

Two big moments from Pope Francis — his new apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia and his decision to turn a Roman palace into a homeless shelter feature in this month’s episode of The 15th Station. Two New Zealand issues fall in …

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Station XV: Episode 146 — Bushfires, Books, Baptism and Barenaked Worship

16 January 2020 | 6:34 am
Thu Jan 16 06:34:28 2020

The devastating bushfires that have ravaged many parts of Australia lead this month’s episode. The Church and its agencies are working closely to support people and communities that have been affected. Listeners looking to offer support can donate via the …

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Station XV: Episode 145 — Sorrow, settlement, synod, Scripture

16 December 2019 | 11:10 pm
Mon Dec 16 23:10:39 2019

It’s truly a bumper episode of The 15th Station for our Christmas episode, as the panel considers some of the big stories from home and abroad. The White Island volcano tragedy leads the show, as New Zealand tries to deal …

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Station XV: Episode 144 — Canberra, Rome, Amazon, Wellington, Whangamomona

15 November 2019 | 10:33 am
Fri Nov 15 10:33:02 2019

The Station 15 crew was in the courtroom for one of the biggest announcements in the Church’s legal history, as the High Court of Australia agreed that it would hear arguments why Cardinal George Pell’s child sexual abuse convictions should …

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