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Fr. Dave Dwyer CSP is the Director of Paulist Young Adult Ministry and the host of the "Busted Halo Show" on Sirius satellite radio.
February 13th, 2015

Lenten greetings!
During this holy season, we can hear the words of John the Baptist calling us to repent, reform and refocus. We at Busted Halo® are undergoing evaluation and changes of our own as we move forward in our strategic plan this year. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming in 2015:

We are engaging the expertise of communications and marketing agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of our online presence and social media efforts in reaching twentysomethings. This will involve an evaluation of content, design and distribution method.
We are conducting an analysis of our target audience through independent focus groups and agency research to help guide our strategic direction for the next three…

December 1st, 2013

“So, how about that new pope?” Since March, I’ve heard this question countless times from people of all walks of life, almost all of whom want to tell me how much they love Pope Francis. He has given us at Busted Halo® new hope and inspiration for our outreach to young adults; in Rio de Janeiro this summer for World Youth Day he said:
“Dear brothers and sisters, let us be lights of hope… Let us encourage the generosity which is typical of the young and help them work actively in building a better world. Young people are a powerful engine for the Church and for society.”
As we prepare to receive the light of Christ this Advent season, I am hopeful for how young adults can be a “powerful engine” driving…

December 20th, 2012

I hope you’ll join me this season in supporting Busted Halo® in our annual “Double Your Dollars” Holiday Fund Drive.

With your help, Busted Halo® continues to be a place where we talk about culture, relationships, politics, family and life transitions through the lens of Catholic tradition and spirituality. And thanks to you our ministry has seen tremendous growth this year. Not only have downloads of our podcasts increased five-fold and some of our viral videos have pushed past 100,000 views, we’ve also been blessed with an additional dynamic, creative Paulist priest on our staff, Fr. Steven Bell, CSP.
Busted Halo® depends on the support of friends like you. …Between now and

December 4th, 2011

Second Sunday of Advent. Father Dave compares our inherent ability to communicate our faith and love to others to the smash hit television show, “The Voice”.  (Preached on Sunday, December 4, 2011, 5:00pm, St. Malachy’s Church, 49th and Broadway, Times Square, New York City)…

November 26th, 2011

I hope you’ll join me this season in supporting Busted Halo® in our annual Double Your Dollars Holiday Fund Drive.
The things you enjoy every day on Busted Halo® — Daily Jolts and MicroChallenges, thought-provoking articles, blogs and columns, 2-Minute Videos for Holy Days and the Sacraments 101 video series, the Busted Halo® Cast and Homilies Podcast — are all made possible by donor support. Specifically, the new Busted Halo® Advent Surprise Calendar and Advent in 2 Minutes Video… provide a connection with the spiritual foundation of the season and challenge us to remember the true meaning of this time of year.
We rely on you and your fellow readers to help provide the financial

October 20th, 2011

The Way, an inspirational story about navigating the challenges we face in an ever-changing world, was written and directed by Emilio Estevez and stars his father, Martin Sheen. The film takes place along The Camino de Santiago, called “The Way,” and chronicles the spiritual journey of Sheen’s character and others he meets on his pilgrimage.  
Listen to the full
20-minute audio interview here;
read Phil Fox Rose’s
review of The Way…;
and check out Joe Williams’
Camino blog.

March 13th, 2011
Please send Japan your support and prayers

This past week we have all been confronted with images and tragic stories from Japan as a result of the tsunami and earthquake there. It remains clear that untold serious dangers continue to threaten the lives of the victims of this tragedy. Therefore, we at Busted Halo have chosen to postpone our 10 in 10s anniversary fundraising campaign in order to join together with other nonprofits and Catholic agencies to ask for your help in assisting those affected by these natural disasters in Japan.

March 1st, 2011
Amidst the social unrest and political upheaval in Egypt's capitol

Father Dave interviews Nanci Martin, the Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing at the American University in Cairo, about what it has been like living as an American Catholic amidst the social unrest and political upheaval in Egypt’s capitol.

January 17th, 2011
The subject of The Rite discusses what is and isn't true concerning exorcisms

We interview Fr. Gary Thomas, a Vatican-certified practicing exorcist whose experience is the subject of the new movie The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, scheduled for release on January 28, about what is and isn’t true concerning exorcisms and demonic possession, and what this means in terms of our faith life.

November 28th, 2010
Annual holiday video from the Busted Halo staff

Do you value an open and lively discussion about faith?
Do you care about a Catholic media outreach that welcomes those seeking answers?
Do you think Busted Halo is a “Wonderful Website?”
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I hope you’ll support us this holiday season in our annual Double Your Dollars Holiday Fund Drive.
All year long, Busted Halo® is your daily source for inspiration, thought-provoking articles, blogs, columns, podcasts, videos, answers to your spiritual questions, and challenges to grow your faith. And every day, this accessible and relevant discussion about the intersection between faith and everyday life is available to you — all for free.…

As part of our community,

July 29th, 2010
The actor discusses his new film

Robert Duvall discusses his new film, Get Low, as well as The Apostle…, his career and upcoming projects with Fr. Dave Dwyer.
To listen to and/or download the podcast of the interview, click here.

May 8th, 2010

Scripture Scholar Bishop N. T. Wright of the Church of England talks about his new book “After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters.”…

September 1st, 2009
Father Dave has a laugh with Laughter Yogi Vishwa Prakash

The practice of yoga has been popular in the United States for many years, but Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP from the Busted Halo® Show on Sirius XM Radio recently discovered a twist to this ancient discipline in the form of Laughter Yoga. Laughter Therapist and author Vishwa Prakash is the head of the North American office of Laughter International, an organization of 10,000 active clubs worldwide that promotes spiritual, physical, and psychological well-being through the practice of laughter yoga.  The Laughter Yogi recently invited Fr. Dave to partake in his Laugh Yoga workshop in New York City.
And listen to Father Dave’s extended interview with Laughter Yogi Vishwa Prakash on the Busted Halo® Show.…

June 24th, 2009
A conversation on faith and his career -- from the Brat Pack movies to The Dead Zone

Anthony Michael Hall got his big break as an actor when he was cast as Rusty in the family road trip movie Vacation, followed closely by three seminal films from the 80s: 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science. He was then the youngest cast member ever on Saturday Night Live. He also bullied Johnny Depp around in Edward Scissorhands and he was part of the Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie where he played Bill Gates in The Pirates of Silicon Valley. More recently he starred in the sci-fi thriller TV show, The Dead Zone, which he also helped co-produce, and played TV reporter Mike Engel in last summer’s blockbuster The Dark Knight…. The actor stopped by the Busted Halo show on Sirius XM Radio to talk about

May 7th, 2009
The star of Irena's Vow on Broadway visits the Busted Halo show on Sirius XM Radio

[Use the audio player above to listen to this interview.]
Tony- and Emmy-nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh is well known for her recurring role as Danielle Melnik on TV’s Law & Order, but when she visited the Busted Halo Radio Show on Sirius XM recently, it was to talk about her starring role in the new Broadway play Irena’s Vow at the Walter Kerr Theater. Irena’s Vow… is the uplifting true story of a courageous World War II heroine, a young Polish Catholic woman who helped a dozen Jews survive the Holocaust. The show recently ended a record-breaking sold out engagement off-Broadway; and its move to Broadway marks Tovah Feldshuh’s first appearance to the Broadway stage since she played

December 19th, 2007
A Thank You… and an Appeal

I pray that your 2007 has been a blessed and fruitful one, and that your spiritual journey has drawn you closer to God and a community of faith. For us here at Busted Halo®, it’s been a year chock full of new adventures. In addition to the top-notch articles, interviews and spiritual reflections published here on the site, many of which you no doubt enjoyed (the “Best Of” which will be highlighted next week), other areas of outreach under the Busted Halo® umbrella have also taken off.
The spiritual items available at our Halo Store have nearly doubled. “Busted Video” made its debut through the magic of YouTube. We launched a line of books for spiritual seekers in their 20s…

November 20th, 2007
The multi-platinum Canadian band visits the BustedHalo show on Sirius

Fr. Dave Dwyer CSP interviews the multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies for the BustedHalo… show on Sirius satellite radio.
Canada’s favorite sons discuss their new live DVD/CD, “Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan” as well as other topics.
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September 6th, 2007
You Can Do It!

So, What Exactly Is Podcasting?
Not Just For iPods
A podcast is like a radio show that you download from the internet and listen to either through your computer’s speakers, or with an iPod or other mp3 player.  A podcast is much like an audio magazine subscription: a subscriber receives regular audio programs delivered via the internet, and she or he can listen to them at her or his leisure.  Despite the name, be assured you do not need an iPod… to listen to podcasts. They are popular for a number of reasons. The content is very niche-oriented, such that subjects that would never be of broad enough interest to warrant an entire show on a radio station may have dozens or even hundreds of podcasts devoted to them. Because

September 6th, 2007
In Four Easy(-ish) Steps

If you would like to print out an overview of this 4-step process in a one-page handout, click here.
STEP ONE: Record Yourself Preaching
Use the “house sound system.”…
You may be able to record yourself by using a sound system already in place in the church or venue in which you’re preaching.  The upside of this method is that you don’t have to buy a voice recorder or microphone, don’t have to wear a second mic, and you might even be able to convince someone in the sound room or sacristy to start and stop recording at the right moment to eliminate the need for editing.  But it’s rare to find a church sound system set up to easily record on digital media (i.e., CD-R or CD-RW or direct

July 3rd, 2007
Hot off the campaign trail, the Kansas senator discusses faith, evolution and running for president

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Senator Sam Brownback is the Senior U.S. Senator from the state of Kansas. He is a devout Catholic and also a candidate for president of the United States. His very conservative stance on life issues, his refusal to separate his religious beliefs from his politics as well as his controversial response to a question about evolution at a recent Republican debate have all contributed to a gathering momentum in his campaign. Senator Brownback spoke to Fr. Dave Dwyer on the BustedHalo show on Sirius satellite radio just after returning from a four day, twenty-seven city campaign tour in Iowa.
BustedHalo: …Twenty-seven stops in Iowa sounds like a pretty extensive trip. How did it go?

Senator Sam Brownback:

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