Weather permitting I will be at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, the land of my wife's sister and her family. Looking forward to speaking over the next few days and being near family. We just took part in the grand family Christmas party (pictured here) last weekend which gathers most of my wife's large Italian family together. Always a fun time.
So I will attempt to do some blogging from the road, time permitting. Some updates from my new work:
Student leaders are poised for next semester and that makes me happy. We've done a lot of thinking about next semester and now I feel a bit more confident for the following semester on UB South.
My colleagues on UB North are looking forward to the opening of their newly built Newman Center next semester as well. So that's exciting also.
I should start pod and videocasting next semester as well. So stay tuned for that. Toying with some names. I own BuffaloCatholic.com and have a small website tied to it for brief updates from our ministry but it needs more work, thinkest I. Am really considering "Catholics in the Buff" for its provocative name. "Buff Catholics" or simply "U in the Buff" also sounds good to me.
Most of the students are in graduate school so time is of the essence for many of them, so I am grateful to all of those who dedicate just a bit of their time to the ministry and hope that this will grow over time.
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.