Paulist Young Adult Ministries
Reaching spiritual seekers on the Web and on the radio
Busted Halo® is the Paulist ministry and media outreach to Catholics in their 20s and 30s.
Through this ministry, young adults explore their spirituality, listen to and encourage one another, discover the rich depths of Catholic tradition and connect to communities of faith where their unique gifts will be respected and used, and where they will find support on their journey towards God.
Busted Halo® also promotes ministry with young adults in Catholic parishes and dioceses across North America. We help local communities of faith better incorporate those in their 20s and 30s into the lay mission of the church in society. We continue to seek out new ways to make the connection between young, spiritual seekers and the community of the church.
The Paulist Fathers offer many tools to minister to young adults, but none showcases the Paulists’ dedication to meet today’s young adults on their terms better than BustedHalo.com, the leading Catholic website for young adult spiritual seekers, and The Busted Halo® Show with Father Dave Dwyer, broadcast daily on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s The Catholic Channel (Sirius 159/XM 117).
Among the earliest apostolates taken on by the Paulists, at the invitation of several bishops, was ministry to Catholic communities on and surrounding secular universities.
As the 19th century blended into the twentieth, the church had to face the rise of large state universities – Catholics would attend these institutions, but who would help Catholics maintain faith and grow in spirituality in the face of an often anti-Catholic secular teaching agenda?
The Paulists were a natural fit for ministry on university campuses because of our extensive reputation, even 100 years ago, of helping people understand faith in modern, clear words.
Paulists formed “Newman Centers” – as they were named after Cardinal John Henry Newman, the great English intellectual and theologian – which serve as worship and gathering spaces for Catholics. Paulists were among the pioneers of creative outreach to Catholic students attending secular universities.
Today Paulists continue this ministry at some of the most important
university settings: St. Luke University Parish at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.; University Catholic Center at the University of Texas in Austin; Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish at the University of California at Berkeley; St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus; Blessed John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; and University Catholic Center of the University of California at Los Angeles.
These campuses, with tens of thousands of students, have chapels filled with Catholic students who are growing in faith as they earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees.