Mark Piper, a Packers fan in an unholy land, works in the nonprofit sector. He resides in Chicago with his family and holds a master's in public policy from DePaul University and a bachelor's from St. Xavier University; he is an alumus of Amate House, an AmeriCorps-approved year of service organization sponsored by the Chicago Archdiocese.

He writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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I made a mixtape for the church I love

Young Voices: As a sign of my love for the Catholic Church — a church that has provided me with hope, beauty and truth, as well as anguish, anger and frustration — I wish to create and share a mixtape.


Habemus papam to me! Tiara in place, I'll have a busy daylong reign

Young Voices: It was not a literal cheap plastic princess tiara my 4-year-old placed on my head. No, for me, it was a jewel-encrusted papal tiara. Here's how my day as pope would go.


'The church that raised me rejected me'

Young Voices: I reunited with an old friend, a gay woman, who was willing to share with me, a straight man, her pain and wistful reminiscence of a church that seemed to reject her.


The screens and me: a crisis in parenting

When my children see me fix my gaze on screens large and small, I'm afraid they will imitate my behavior, which is neither good for the body nor the soul. I'm failing at the ministry of presence in my own home.