It’s like Woodstock, but with more Bible

I spent some time today planning my travels for the next few months and I was delighted to look in my calendar and remember that the West Coast Biblical Studies Conference is on the horizon!


The two-day conference is at the end of January (27th and 28th) in San Diego. Once again it is being held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, with the usual line-up of excellent speakers: Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, Michael Barber and John Kincaid. This year the focus will be on The Book of Acts: How the Holy  Spirit leads the Church through hard times.

Tickets are $50, but if you buy yours before 15th December, the price is reduced to $40. If you’re coming from out-of-town, be sure to let me know!

San Diego Mission

If you ever get a chance to visit San Diego, I’d strongly recommend you go and visit the Mission:

Taking a little break…

Hey everyone,

As those of you who have been following my Twitter feed will know, I just moved from San Diego to Seattle to be closer to my loverly girlfriend. As such, life will be a little hectic for a while so I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the month of June.

See you all then,


What works in your diocese?


I know that a lot of people who read this blog don’t live in San Diego. I also know that many of you are involved in ministry in some way, especially youth and young adult ministry. Therefore, I thought I’d do a post outlining some of the things we do here in San Diego which have proven popular, in case you wanted to try the same thing in your Diocese.

1. Theology On Tap
I expect most areas of the country have implemented a Theology On Tap programme. Simply put, you take over a restaurant or bar and have a speaker present on a topic for 45 minutes. There’s usually some Q&A and some group discussion. If you want a good turn-out make sure you do a talk on relationships every now and again 🙂

2. The Mega Series
This was something that we came up with in this diocese. Very often Catholics can feel isolated. This is particularly true of young Catholics when most of the people in their parish are significantly older. What the Mega Series attempts to do is bring large numbers of young adults together in traditional devotions, followed by a social. The goal of this is to remind Catholics that they are not alone and are part of a much larger Church. The three main “mega” events we’ve had have been:

(a) Mega Mass

(b) Mega Adoration

(c) Mega Rosary

3. Bible Study
One of the most popular events in the Diocese is the Young Adult Bible study and it’s very often one of the first “spiritual” events new arrivals attend. Given this, it’s important that the Bible study has a strong social and welcoming dimension.

4. Rosary and Adoration
Very often we try complicated, clever things to attract young adults and youths. However, I’ve seen time and again that simply having a night of adoration or recitation of the rosary attracts significant numbers of people.

5. Holiday Parties
The Young Adult Christmas Party in San Diego this is the social event of the year. Everyone gets dressed up, has dinner together and dances the night away. The other major holidays of the year (Memorial Day etc.) are likewise marked with a substantial gathering.

6. Sports
Here is San Diego there is a thriving Catholic Ultimate Frisbee community, in addition to many other sports.

7. Dancing
About four times a year I teach a dance lesson in the Diocese, usually either Salsa or Swing, and there’s always a solid turn-out.

Do any San Diegans have any other thoughts on what works well in our Diocese? What about those of you from elsewhere in the country? What events seem to be most engaging?

Theology On Tap: Angels & Demons

AngelIt’s Theology On Tap season again! This series kicked off with Fr. Anthony Saroki speaking on “Angels & Demons: Who are they and how do they influence us?”:

Main Talk (Download)

Q&A (Download)

St. Brigid Blog

One of the larger parishes in San Diego is St. Brigid‘s in Pacific Beach. Until relatively recently, I had no idea that, in addition to having a parish website, it also has a blog with articles submitted by members of the young adult community:

Words Of Witness

Hey, San Diegans, up to much tonight?

If you’ve got your evening free tonight, why not come and see The Thirsting at Our Mother of Confidence? The San Diego Young Adult Ministry is sponsoring it so entry is free! Check out the Facebook Event and the flyer below for more details:

The Thirsting

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