Andy Otto is the creator and editor of GodInAllThings.com, a website devoted to sharing the treasures of Ignatian spirituality through a blog and podcast. He also founded IgnatianResources.com, a project of God In All Things which offers resources, audio meditations, and prayer aids in the Ignatian tradition for individuals, parishes, or groups. His resources and audio meditations have been used by schools, universities, parishes, and spiritual directors around the world. He holds an MA in Theology and Ministry from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. While a student he worked as a graduate assistant for an undergraduate campus ministry volunteer programme at Boston College and interned at South Boston Catholic Academy, helping develop faith formation curriculum for the students, parents, and teachers. Today he is a high school theology teacher and campus minister at Mercy High School, a private Catholic school in Red Bluff, CA.
Three years after graduating with a Communication degree from Curry College in 2006, Andy spent nearly three years as a Jesuit studying for the priesthood, which helped form his love for Ignatian spirituality. During that time he taught primary school students in Syracuse, NY and Kingston, Jamaica, volunteered at a food pantry, worked as an orderly at a palliative care cancer hospital in the Bronx, and completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He also completed some graduate coursework in philosophy at Fordham University.
After discerning marriage, Andy left the Society of Jesus and worked one year as programming and acquisitions coordinator for the CatholicTV Network in Watertown, MA. During his time there he made connections with Catholic media producers, sought out new on-air content, attended numerous Catholic conferences, and co-hosted This Is The Day three times, the network’s weekly live show.
GodInAllThings.com, founded in 2012, is the fruit of Andy’s encounter with God throughout the last several years. Based on the practical wisdom of Saint Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, the website has grown to include over 350 posts, nearly 250 podcasts and audio meditations, a quarterly newsletter, and 52 guest posts. The blog has also recently taken on several new regular contributors. Included in the site’s resources is Desires of the Heart, a ten-week series on Ignatian prayer Andy developed, which has been offered for students at three Jesuit universities. The series is available for download and has been used by campus ministers and parish faith formation leaders.
In addition to GodInAllThings.com, Andy regularly blogs on Ignatian spirituality for Loyola Press’ dotMagis blog, Millennial, and was a regular contributor to Busted Halo. He has been published in America Magazine, EcoJesuit.com, and has recently published God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary, available through Ave Maria Press.
Andy and his wife Sarah live in Chico, CA and are both active in ministry, Andy as a high school theology teacher and Sarah as a director of a Newman Catholic Center.