Bringing God to Hipsters

Brooklyn hipsters find religion when Franciscans open a mission in their neighborhood. This short video outlines the friars’ evangelization efforts as they struggle to connect with the locals. The “hipsters” of Williamsburg, Brooklyn typically reject mainstream culture, including institutional religion. Dubbing a dying Slovak church the “San Damiano Mission,” the friars hit the streets to meet the residents where they are. They host music concerts, cookouts and have replaced the church’s wooden doors, previously secured by a chain and padlock, with a sleek glass panel entrance. Just as their founder, St. Francis of Assisi, was commanded to “rebuild my church,” the friars say they are rebuilding the spiritual church in Williamsburg.

Thing in a Pot’s producer Katie Breidenbach created this video for Catholic News Service. Read the accompanying article here.

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