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Principles of Young Adult Friendly Parishes

We’re hardly unfriendly to young adults most of the time. The typical experience is that we’re just friendly enough to keep our distance. Young adults don’t necessarily have an ax to grind against the church but often there’s a lack of engagement and commitment. There’s much we can do to bridge that gap of polite distance and welcome the young adults who come our way into vibrant engagement with our community.

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About the Author

Mike Hayes

Mike co-founded BustedHalo.com in December 2001. In addition to his work at Busted Halo, Mike is the director of campus ministry at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. A frequent speaker on ministering to young adults, Mike is the author of two books Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s with Paulist Press and Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to Finding the Work We Love and Bringing Love to the Work We Do with Orbis Press. In 2002, Mike received a Catholic Press Association Award for his article “Transformation and the 20′s and 30′s Crowd” that appeared in Share the Word magazine. Before working in ministry, Mike produced radio talk shows at WFAN and WOR in New York and also covered major league baseball for NPR and WOR. Mike and his wife, Marion, are residents of Amherst, New York, where they live with their dog, Haze.

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