So I'm sitting in the airport at LAX waiting for my Qantas flight to Australia. Besides being in the presence of the Pope, I'm excited to go to the Land Down Under as well. I have a few days to myself and plan to do the Harbour Bridge Climb and then hit the zoo and the Aquarium. I hear that there are animals there that you'll never see anywhere else. I'll be happy to just cuddle with a Koala Bear like John Paul II did when he went here.
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.