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
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.”
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
September 2, 2018 - The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
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