1) The family of my college friend Eloy Luis Bello who died in his sleep in Ottowa after suffering a stroke. 2) Sr. Eileen McCann from the US Bishops' Conference staff whose Father died this week. 3) My mother who has caught pneumonia and is now hospitalized. She's 80 years old so that's fairly serious. 4) A safe return home for Fr. Dave Dwyer this weekend after a lot of fund raising in Colorado and the LA Congress. 5) Birthday prayers for three college friends: Michelle Gillan Larkin, Mike "Crash" Caragliano, and Victor "Tiny Bubbles" Mendoza.
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.