“Spirituality and the ‘Millennials'”

I was recently informed of a column that appeared in the newspaper The Catholic San Francisco that discussed a lecture I recently gave in Washington, DC, titled “Navigating the Spiritual Landscape of the Millennial Generation.” This article, written by a Paulist Priest, Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP, does a good job presenting a survey of my presentation as […]

Winning a 2011 Catholic Press Association Award

So, I didn’t even know that I was up for consideration. Yesterday, I simply received an email from the editor of the journal Spiritual Life informing me that my article, “Digital Natives and Franciscan Spirituality,” which appeared in volume 56 (Summer 2010) had won the First Place in the “Best Feature Article” award in the […]

Thomas Merton: The Next Generation

So, naturally I’ve been thinking a lot about Thomas Merton in recent days. Preparations and then travel to Chicago for the International Thomas Merton Society conference at Loyola University have necessarily brought the twentieth-century monk to the forefront of my mind. One of the things that I think about rather frequently — and even more […]

St. Francis and Young People Today

  What is it about an 800-year-old Saint that is so appealing for young adults today? Today’s young adults see something inspiring in the life and spirituality of Francis of Assisi. In a survey conducted in Washington, D.C., and published in the book American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church (Rowman & […]

Changes in the American Religious Landscape

Following the Provincial Chapter of Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor (The Franciscans) I have been spending some time with my brothers in Silver Spring, MD, before jetting off yet again to my next stop in the Winter 2010-2011 Dan Horan traveling tour (Holiday visits to family and friends, religious community commitments, […]