New Ideas

October 21, 2016

Standing Together in Opposite Aisles: Engaging Political Difference Among Young Adults

After 110 years in the North Side of Chicago’s Lincoln Park, St. Clement’s Parish is no stranger to the colorful history of Chicago politics.  As young families and professionals have made Lincoln Park a ...


June 24, 2016

Millennial Leadership in the Parish

After attending a Parish Catalyst session on millennial discipleship, Catzel Bumpus and the parish staff at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, were convinced that they needed to include more millennials in positions of lead...


June 24, 2016

Morning Prayer on Campus

When you think college students, “morning” and “prayer” are not the first words that spring to mind. At 8:30am on Tuesday mornings, a couple white-robed Dominican chaplains and campus minister Julie Bellefeuille of the CONTINUE READING

June 24, 2016

Snowshoe Mass- An Invitation to the Beauty of God

Throughout scripture, God often speaks to his people on mountains. Jesus preached his most well-know sermon on a mountain (Matthew 5-7). This past February, a group of students and parishioners of


February 16, 2016

Caffeine Catalyzer

When I arrived at St. Catherine's a year and half ago, the undergraduate student population had fallen on somewhat hard times. As the newly ordained associate pastor, a number of shifts in parish staffing and managemen...


December 14, 2015

“Making Space for Millennials,” Not Just Making Room

At the 2013 Theology on Tap series at St. Denis Catholic Community, a small group of young adults decided they wanted to continue fellowshipping. Now here we are in 2015, and the group of young adults is still gatherin...


November 12, 2015

Reflect, Refine, Repeat

As a relatively “young” Catholic center for evangelization, you might say that St. Paul Inside the Walls is just growing out of its infancy and into its adolescent years. When the center was founded back in 2008, i...


October 27, 2015

Millennial Reflection on the Church

Last September I found myself, a 28 year-old, married, agnostic former Catholic, in a room brimming with enthusiastic religious leaders. I was preparing to speak about something deeply personal that I struggle to talk ...


October 19, 2015

A Millennial’s Perspective

I’m your typical millennial. College educated and in-debt. Self-confident yet unsure if I can survive my day to day life. Technologically savvy and constantly connected to the world around me, I carry with me a sense...


September 9, 2015

Listening and Learning

At Church of the Presentation, we have been holding “listening dinners” with our Young Adults. This was one of our first steps in our parish’s action plan, and we have found them to be very successful (and fun!) ...