13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why

All the clever titles have been used up, but over the last week I watched to the new Netflix Original Series, 13 Reasons Why. The series is based on a young adult novel by Jay Asher that centers on the characters of Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker. Hannah is dead and has...
Saint Caffeine, Father of Modern Youth Ministry

Saint Caffeine, Father of Modern Youth Ministry

As we are in November, we recognize the many saints and souls that having impacted youth ministry.  St. John Bosco and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati come to mind on the saintly side.  Locally, Mark Pacione is remembered among the many souls who have encouraged and...
How To Become a Master Pokevangelist

How To Become a Master Pokevangelist

Pokemon Go. Over the last couple of weeks this game seems to have taken control of most of our social media feeds, and even some of our parishes. The new geolocation incarnation of this 90s game series caught a number of parishes (and police stations, military bases,...
In the Face of Tragedy

In the Face of Tragedy

It was the day after Christmas. I was a sophomore in high school. I woke up that morning and went downstairs to the living room to play the piano my parents had given me the day before. My dad was standing in front of the TV holding his cup of coffee. Images of what...
I Handled A Bad Date, Like A Lady

I Handled A Bad Date, Like A Lady

I am an extremely bad dater. When I was a freshman in college, I was asked out on a date by this great Catholic guy. It was Lent and a Friday night, so naturally we went to eat something that did not involve meat. We arrived at this restaurant that served fish and I...

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