Speaking

Read Andy’s full bio here.

Andy Otto is available to speak or present to your group, parish, or conference! He enjoys speaking on a variety of spirituality themes, especially Ignatian spirituality, discernment, and prayer. Whether your context is a group of young adults preparing for transition from university, a Theology on Tap seeking to learn about the practicality of Ignatian spirituality, or an adult faith formation group looking to host an Advent or Lenten reflection evening, Andy may fit well with your needs. He engages through deep reflection, personal anecdotes, and enjoys drawing out hidden themes from scripture. Andy is more than happy to tailor a presentation to the particular needs of your group.

“A provocative, engaging speaker, Andy’s approach connects the theoretical abstract with the everyday practical. His deep reflection enables him to be a vessel through whom the Spirit can and does speak. One cannot help but walk away from a talk Andy delivers with both a palpable sense of contemplative inspiration and a crystal clear call to action.” 

– Michael Templeton, Director of Music Ministries,
The Church of St. Mary, Providence RI

“Andy Otto has the gift of taking potential ‘heady’ topics Ignatian spirituality and bringing them down to earth and making them understandable to a wide audience. Andy shows people the way to have an intimate relationship with God by looking to Jesus as our model to bring God into all aspects of our lives. In my work as a spiritual director, I share his writing frequently on discernment. He is a colleague that I follow his work closely because I always have much to learn from him! “ 

– Becky Eldgredge, author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls

“Andy Otto brings a refreshing contemporary approach to Ignatian spirituality. While steeped in the traditional wisdom of Ignatius emanating from his Jesuit formation, Andy has a remarkable capacity to adapt Ignatian concepts and language to 21st century experience. Furthermore, Andy’s passion is infectious. His excellent communication skills encourage people to engage in Ignatian style conversation and learn how to trust their own experience of relationship with God and discernment of spirits in everyday life. This is helpful given our turbulent times in church.” 

– Liz Kerr, Director of the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality,
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

“Andy worked with our team to plan a three-day parish mission. He worked hard to blend our La Salette charisms with Ignatian spirituality, complimenting both without losing each unique path to God. Andy has the ability to lead gently while delivering a powerful message. He was at once thoughtful and engaging, knowledgeable and down-to-earth, deeply spiritual and practical. He set a beautiful tone for the rest of Lent for our parishioners.” 

– Stephanie Holden, Program & Ministry Formation Coordinator,
Catholic Church of St. Ann, Marietta, GA


Here are a few possible styles of presentation:

  • Evening talk with or without visual presentation
  • Day of reflection
  • Weekend retreat
  • Advent or Lent reflection
  • Engaging personal talk to young adults with Q&A
  • Conference style presentation

Possible themes:

  • Finding God in the everyday: Ignatian spirituality teaches us that we have a deeply personal God who communicates with us through our feelings, life experiences, and other people.
  • Discernment and purpose: God’s “desire” is perhaps better language than God’s “will”. Andy can speak about how to tap into God’s desires for us and being informed by our own desires, leading us to discover our purpose and role in God’s project.
  • Prayer: Andy is always seeking new ways to connect with God, just like hanging out with a friend. Aside from the Examen, a great foundation, there are limitless ways to build a friendship with God.
  • Transition: Having entered and then left the religious life and then getting married, Andy can speak to best practices he’s learned for life’s transitions, including the need for self-care, patience, and community.

Contact Andy directly at andy@godinallthings.com to enquire.


“Andy worked with our team to plan a three-day parish mission. He worked hard to blend our La Salette charisms with Ignatian spirituality, complimenting both without losing each unique path to God. Andy has the ability to lead gently while delivering a powerful message. He was at once thoughtful and engaging, knowledgeable and down-to-earth, deeply spiritual and practical. He set a beautiful tone for the rest of Lent for our parishioners”

– Stephanie Holden, Program & Ministry Formation Coordinator
Catholic Church of St. Ann, Marietta GA

“Andy really worked with our planning committee to figure out what the best topic would be for the audience we serve. He was direct about the points he made, helping folks to think about the questions he posed and giving real-life examples of his struggles and successes in faith. As a young adult himself, he connected with the audience and was able to relate his message and get the participants to think more deeply about their beliefs.”

– Carly Caminiti,
St Cecilia Parish, Boston MA

“Having Andy speak at Boston’s Theology on Tap was a real treat. Our group is so eclectic – we are Anglican and Roman Catholic and Orthodox, as well as baptist and evangelical and everything in between – and Andy was able to make Ignatian Spirituality something that each of us understood and knew how to apply in our own lives. His was a practical, engaging, entertaining, and ultimately challenging call to each of us to listen deeply for God’s call in our lives, and to respond with absolute trust and joy. “

– Fr Sammy Wood, Associate Rector,
Church of the Advent, Boston MA


Upcoming Events:

18 September 2019: Let’s Pause: Finding Rest in the Restlessness – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
2 November 2019: Jesuit Conference Office of Ignatian Spirituality Fall Workshop – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
12 December 2019: Advent Day of Reflection – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA

Previous Events:

31 July 2019: What Does St. Ignatius Say? – 3 Ignatian Principles for a Joy-Filled Life – Holy Happy Hour – St. Thomas More Church – Decatur, GA
29-31 March 2019: Led Into the Wilderness: Lenten Young Adult Retreat – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
13 April 2019: Jesuit Volunteer Corps Retreat – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
11-13 March 2019: Lenten Parish Mission – Catholic Church of St. Ann – Marietta, GA
11-13 January 2019: God’s Gaze: Loved into Freedom – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
4 December 2018: Advent Day of Reflection – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
28 October 2018: “Ignatian Decision Making and Discernment” – Stuartholme School – Brisbane, Australia
28 October 2018: “Ignatian Ministry in the 21st Century” – Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality – Brisbane, Australia
26 October 2018: “Ignatian Ministry in the 21st Century” – Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality – Melbourne, Australia
25 October 2018: “The Search for Meaning: An Evening for Young Adults” – Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality – Melbourne, Australia
18 August 2018: “Ignatian Spirituality: Hearing the Voice of God in the Every Day” – Atlanta Catechist Conference – Atlanta, GA
10-12 August 2018: “Desires of the Heart: The Language of Discernment” – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
3-5 June 2018: “Loving the Blank Page: Sketching God’s Dreams for You” (Teen Retreat) – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
16 May 2018: “Discernment of Spirits” Day of Reflection – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA
6 May 2018: Hearing God’s “Voice”: Ignatian Discernment and Decision-Making – St Thomas More Church – Decatur, GA
29 March-1 April 2018: “A Journey to the Resurrection” Triduum Retreat – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center – Atlanta, GA