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Jesuits Louie Hotop (left) and Matt Wooters
Jesuit Millennials Bring Laughter and Depth Through Podcast

July 13, 2015 — Describing themselves as "two over-caffeinated Jesuits in formation," Louie Hotop, SJ, and Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, hosted their own podcast, “In Other News,” while studying at Saint Louis University. They nicknamed each other Brother Matt and Captain Louie, and their quirky and charismatic personalities drew an impressive pool of listeners on the airwaves of campus radio station KSLU and the music and audio website SoundCloud.

From comic segments that included interviewing “Gandalf” on metaphors for human life to William Wallace on the Scottish Referendum, they never failed to make their listeners laugh. But they also discussed serious topics and contemplative questions about spiritual life and thought, interviewing well-known Catholic thinkers and writers.

They asked Fr. James Martin, SJ, about how he maintains a vibrant spiritual life in the increasingly digital age and his advice for those wanting to enter religious life. They spoke to Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, about his ministry to former gang members, Homeboy Industries, and creating kinship and compassion. They interviewed Sr. Simone Campbell on faith in politics, women’s issues and the importance of hope.

For the final episode of their second season, they interviewed Krista Tippett, host of the popular podcast “On Being,” which explores what it means to be human and where spirituality and life intersect. With optimism and faith in their generation's commitment to community, communion and service, they discussed the disillusionment present in journalism today.

In her interview, Tippett said, “I very much value that biblical teaching to develop 'eyes to see and ears to hear.' And if you do that, if you look for and listen for what is true and beautiful and good, it's so abundant. The dark side is true as well, but we don't have to let it have the last word."

Hotop and Br. Wooters reflect this in their podcast, bringing lightness and laughter into a news system dominated by tragedy and disillusionment. In fact, they see their vocation as "sharing our laughter and our joy as a means of sharing our faith.”

All episodes of the podcast are available for streaming on SoundCloud.

[Sources: In Other News, On Being]





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