I have been remiss in mentioning that Fr James Martin, SJ celebrated taking his final vows as a Jesuit on All Saints Day--how appropriate for the author of My Life With the Saints.
Fr Jim also received the Gaudium et Spes Award from Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion for his work in media and in service to the poor.
For those of you who might not be aware of Fr Jim's rising star you should check out his books: In Good Company and his acclaimed best seller,My Life with the Saints. Loyola Productions also has a great video Who Cares About the Saints? Here's a clip:
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.