Friar Agustino Torres said the monks first started in New York with a casual "chilled-out devotion," followed by a punk rock or spoken word performance. But people asked whether they could get more contemplative. Thus, Catholic Underground was born, a marriage between prayer and performance.
Catholic Underground fills a need for young people seeking activities outside of church, many leaders said. Torres added that the event also provides a link between the faith and today's digital age.
"It is one thing to go to mass, but there is a lot of cultural mediums that your average Joe is used to that you just don't use in church. Catholic Underground attempts to help people pray ... and it gives a forum to the many artists who are trying to glorify God through their art."