Some Catholics

Published Dec 2, 2014 in Spirituality ~ Approx 10 mins

The Catholic Church has been described as “here comes everybody.” In Some Catholics, Joe Hoover, in vibrant detail, describes… some Catholics.


Published Jun 26, 2014 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 5 mins

Joe Hoover contemplates an unearthly encounter with the only celebrity that matters.

Mike of the Badlands

Published Aug 26, 2013 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 10 mins

Brother Mike Zimmerman is the tall, hard-edged, slightly mystical, highly sentimental, altogether surprising 79 year-old former superintendent of grounds at Red Cloud Indian School. Near him, doubts about the workings of the divine are swatted away.

Priest Story

Published May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 6 mins

Joe Hoover on: the five story lines used in all films about priests; not being a cause celebre; some guys he knows who are about to become priests, and his own choice to be a Jesuit brother.

You Will Become Catholic

Published Mar 11, 2013 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 17 mins

What might life be like for one convert to Catholicism? Not every convert, just one. Joe Hoover imagines how such a simple, irreducible journey might unfold in the life of one man.

Love in Camouflage

Published Dec 17, 2012 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 5 mins

A college basketball game, to have been played on Veterans Day 2012 between Marquette and Ohio State, was cancelled. Alarmist pacifist idealist critic Joe Hoover asks uncomfortable questions never the less.

Real Talk at ESPN

Published Oct 29, 2012 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 1 min

A spontaneous, intelligent conversation about scripture and the mechanics of spirituality at 8:17AM on ESPN? Joe Hoover revels in this bright little gem.

Dark Night of the Yankees

Published Oct 22, 2012 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 8 mins

Memories of 2001 (9/11, playoff baseball on the radio, life as an organizer) lead Joe Hoover to wonder if our world possesses any proper order.