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 Saint 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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Associate movement sees future rich with hope

Young Voices: Lay associates are a dynamic part of the church today. My experience with Mercy associates, within the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has provided spiritual sustenance that I've not gotten in any parish setting over the past decade.

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Everyone forgets about Mary Oliver's grasshopper

The poet famously asked, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Now that I have reached the age of 30, the question has turned into an examen.

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A 2018 happiness thread to keep my misanthropic heresy at bay

Young Voices: When I see evil and folks who might get my ire up, I think of these people with good and working hearts, people committed to the Gospel and building God's kingdom.

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Thoughts on women in ministry, in a bit more than two sentences

Young Voices: Ten years ago, a seminary application asked me to comment on women in ministry. Most any answer I could have given then would have been an impoverished one.