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[PODCAST] BTQ #8: Discovering your talents and gifts, and overcoming obstacles with Fr. Maurice Emelu

Emelu explains that we all are born with talents but they must be cultivated through hard work and discipline. Listen now on Spotify to learn more!

In the latest episode of The Beyond the Quad Podcast, listeners are invited on a transformative journey with host Tate Farinacci and guest Father Maurice N. Emelu. Together, they delve into the profound exploration of discerning and cultivating one’s talents and spiritual gifts, along with adopting a growth mindset to overcome life’s challenges.

Emelu is not only a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria but also a distinguished academic and communication expert; currently serving as the director of the digital marketing & communication strategy graduate program and an assistant professor of communication at the Tim Russert Department of Communication at John Carroll University, Ohio.

As a first-generation US citizen from Nigeria, Emelu’s perspective is enriched by his cross-cultural background, offering a nuanced understanding of digital storytelling and communication in today’s global landscape. His dedication to promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding is evident in both his academic pursuits and his non-profit initiatives.

Emelu is also the founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural faith communication and actions. His recent book, “Talents and Spiritual Gifts: what are you doing with yours?” serves as a cornerstone for the discussion in this episode, offering a variety of personal growth principles, spiritual wisdom, and practical advice.

With a diverse educational background including a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Liverpool Hope University, UK, and a Master’s degree in Communication Management from JCU, Emelu brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. His research interests span from digital media studies to frame analysis and from media aesthetics to human-centered digital design methodologies.

Beyond his academic and pastoral endeavors, Father Maurice is deeply committed to amplifying minority voices and exploring the intersection of faith and digital media. He is currently involved in various projects, including documenting untold stories of minority cultures and developing innovative digital courses for faith-based organizations.

Throughout the episode, Emelu shares insights gleaned from his lived experiences, guiding listeners through the process of recognizing and harnessing their unique talents and spiritual gifts. With the guidance of Emelu, listeners are empowered to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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About the Contributors
Tate Farinacci
Tate Farinacci, Managing Editor
Tate Farinacci is the Managing Editor for The Carroll News, from Chardon, Ohio. He is currently a junior at John Carroll University, pursuing a major in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies, along with minors in Philosophy, Communication and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Beyond his involvement with The Carroll News, Tate is a member of the John Carroll Speech and Debate Team and the new Mock Trial Team. He also serves as a peer learning facilitator for the Political Science department and works as a campus tour guide for the Office of Admissions. Tate maintains an active lifestyle by going to the gym, running and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He's an ardent reader, appreciates journaling, and loves to cook in his free time.
Evan Richwalsky
Evan Richwalsky, Multimedia: Audio and Engagement Editor
Evan Richwalsky is the Multimedia: Audio and Engagement Editor for The Carroll News from Avon, Ohio. He is currently a senior at John Carroll University majoring in Communications (Digital Media) and minoring in Leadership Development.
Elsewhere on campus, Evan is heavily involved in WJCU, serving as the Production Director for the station, as well as a sports producer and a heights DJ and DJ trainer. He is also a Student Senator for the Class of 2024 and works in the Sports Information Office. Off campus, Evan previously had heavy involvement in youth leadership on the national level for the Boy Scouts of America. He also earned the Eagle Scout rank, the Summit Award, and was recognized with the Order of the Arrow’s Founder’s Award and Vigil Honor.
With what little free time Evan has, he enjoys running, being outdoors, graphic design, trying to keep up with sports and flying places to go see his friends.
In the future, Evan hopes to get a job behind the scenes in sports, either as a broadcast producer or working in a stadium scoreboard/replay control room.
Laken Kincaid
Laken Kincaid, Editor-in-Chief
Laken Kincaid is the Editor-in-Chief for The Carroll News from Beckley, West Virginia. They are a senior at John Carroll University who is double majoring in political science and communications (digital media) and minoring in leadership development. Laken has written for The Carroll News since the start of their freshman year and has previously served as a staff reporter, campus section editor and managing editor of the paper. They have received 18 Best of SNO awards, a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for Region 4 and two honorable mentions from the College Media Association. They have also been recognized by universities like Georgetown for their investigative reports. Additionally, they also write political satire for The Hilltop Show and feature stories on global poverty for The Borgen Project. In addition to their involvement with The Carroll News, Laken is involved with the Kappa Delta sorority, the speech and debate team, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Improv club and other organizations. They also serve as the news director for WJCU 88.7, John Carroll's own radio station, and as the president for John Carroll's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.  Laken also started their own national nonprofit organization known as Art with the Elderly which they have won the President's Volunteer Service Award and the Humanity Rising Award for. When not writing, Laken can be found doing graphic design for their internship with Union Home Mortgage or working as a resident assistant and peer learning facilitator on campus. Laken also enjoys skiing and watching true crime documentaries. In the future, Laken hopes to become a political journalist for a national news organization or to be a campaign commercial editor for politicians. To contact Laken, email them at [email protected].

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