About Busted Halo
Busted Halo is a unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.
Our vision is for a more joyful and meaningful experience of Catholicism that positively impacts people’s lives. At Busted Halo, we aim to bring the joy of the Gospel to all people in innovative and creative ways. Through articles, video, podcasts, radio, and social media, we aspire to help Catholics embrace their faith more fully. We value the experiences and questions of people seeking to better understand their faith and offer resources to better comprehend and share the richness of the Catholic faith.
What’s Up With the Name?
Catholic belief is that all God’s children are “saints in the making,” yet our life’s journey is fraught with imperfections, struggles, and mistakes. Each of us sports a Halo that is either dented, scratched, tarnished… in some way Busted. God loves us despite this and continually calls us to polish our halos up to a nice golden shine.
The Paulist Fathers
Busted Halo is a ministry of The Paulist Fathers. The Paulist Fathers are a religious order of Roman Catholic priests — the first to be founded by an American citizen — whose mission territory is the United States. The original founder of the Paulists, Servant of God, Fr. Isaac Hecker, CSP, believed strongly in using the most modern methods of communication to bring to life the ancient message of the Gospel. In their more than 150 years as missionaries to North America, the Paulists have been on the forefront of publishing, radio, TV & film and digital media.
Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP
Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is a Paulist priest and Executive Director of Busted Halo Ministries. He is the publisher of BustedHalo.com which has been honored with top awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and the host of “The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave,” a call-in radio talk show airing five nights a week on SiriusXM radio on which he answers questions of faith for over thirty million subscribers (7-10 p.m. Eastern time on The Catholic Channel, ch.129). On the same channel, he co-hosts the weekly show, “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” with New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, which also airs on EWTN and other Catholic television networks. Fr. Dave is also the host of the “Sacraments 101” video series on YouTube and one of the creators of “Young Adult Ministry in a Box”, a digital resource for starting up ministry to those in their 20s & 30s. He has been the recipient of The Daughters of St. Paul’s Cordero Award and was featured in the book New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude and the Works! He has offered commentary on NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, CNN, The New York Times, ABC News, The Today Show, and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” among others. Father Dave served in campus ministry at the Universities of Colorado and Texas, and worked with the Archdiocese for the Military Services to develop a multi-media young adult peer ministry program. Prior to being ordained, he produced and directed TV programs for MTV, HBO and Comedy Central. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Syracuse University. @FatherDaveDwyer
Barbara is Editor-in-Chief of Busted Halo. Barbara graduated from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., with a degree in journalism and public relations. After college Barbara moved to Jackson, Miss., and was part of a young adult volunteer program that blended service, faith, and social justice. This experience led her to New York City to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector that would also incorporate her journalism background. At Busted Halo, Barbara combines her skills in writing, editing, and communications with a passion for inviting young adults to reconnect with their faith.
Jennifer Sawyer is Digital Content Manager at Busted Halo. She previously produced video for TV and the web, working for the “The Martha Stewart Show,” ABC, Cooking Channel, and Yahoo. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, has written for “Good Morning America,” and has contributed articles to Metro, DailyWorth, Flickr, and Fordham Magazine, among others. Jen is a member of Apostolist, the Young Adult Ministry at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, and a graduate of Fordham University, where she continues to serve on the board for the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. She is an alum of the Jesuit Collaborative’s Contemplative Leaders in Action program, and serves as a retreat leader with Charis ministries. She’s a proud New Englander and enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, and playing softball in her spare time. See more of Jen’s writing on her website Jensawyer.net.
Brett Siddell has been an on-air personality and producer at SiriusXM Satellite Radio for over 8 years, and an award-winning stand-up comedian for more than a decade. He is an actor (star of Super Bowl ad Happy Grad and several films including Tribeca Film Fest award-winner Stand Clear of the Closing Doors), a voice-over artist (voice of Diet Mountain Dew), and live event host for both companies and charities (Camp Sundown, Our Haven Communities, Shea’s Youth Basketball Association). He was the host of the 2012 TEDxBrooklyn Conference at Brooklyn Bowl to rave reviews from both local and national TED organizers. His website is www.BrettSiddell.com – check out all dates and performances there!
Christina Ambrosino is an on-air personality and phone screener for Sirius XM, and the Development Associate for Busted Halo. Christina graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Communications. During her time in college, she volunteered for various Catholic organizations, including FOCUS, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and the Sisters of Life. Her work in ministry led her to develop a passion for Catholic media and the new evangelization. Christina still dedicates her free time to volunteer work and ministry with the young adult community in New York.
Blaze Mancillas is an on-air personality and board operator for SiriusXM and Busted Halo. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Blaze lives in New York City and is a comedian, actor and voice-over artist. He’s done national commercials for brands like Skechers and Reese’s and has voiced characters for videos games. He guest-starred in an episode of “Golden Boy” with lead Theo James. In 2017, he was voted as one of the “Best in the Fest” in the Burbank Comedy Festival. He holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.