Fr. Steven Bell, CSP is the newest member of the priesthood of the Paulist Fathers. Fr. Steven spent a summer with us at BustedHalo.com and is a delight to be around. A coalition of singers from St Augstine's and St Joseph's parish joined the Paulists and their collaborators for a most joyful celebration. The ceremony was filled with the style of African-American culture...from the lectors who enlivened the word to the outstanding choir...this was a celebration that allowed us to believe that the spirit is alive and that Jesus is truly present! Special thanks to Archbishop O'Brien the Archbishop of Baltimore for being there for the new Fr. Steven. As he said, "I feel the spirit here today!" Indeed. Pictured above is Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP laying hands on the ordinand.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.