T&M 29: Fr Matt Foley

 

T&M 29: Father Matt Foley - Priest & Friend of Chris Farley

Growing up in the 90s there was no bigger show for me than Saturday Night Live, and no bigger cast member than Chris Farley. When I was a student at Marquette University, I used to imagine fellow alum, Farley, running late for class through the academic yard … as seen in the movie Tommy Boy. Anytime I share my story of touring and living in a van for two years it is almost guaranteed someone wittingly responds, “Was it down by a river?” – a quote from Chris Farley’s iconic motivational speaker character, Matt Foley. I have always felt a strong connection to Chris especially after I heard that he was a practicing Catholic, like myself. I have always related to the very honest and human sweet/troubled reality that Chris lived. Not for any glorified reasons but rather for its honest, hopeful, and redemptive qualities. Chris was not perfect and neither am I. I have always felt like I could relate to him, though never knowing him, somewhat on that level. So when I found out that his SNL character Matt Foley was named after his college rugby buddy turned Catholic priest, Army Chaplin, and Afghanistan veteran, Father Matt Foley – and Fr. Matt lived an hour and a half away from me – I thought, I absolutely have to meet this man and talk about who he is, his friend Chris, their relationship, and their faith. Enjoy Time & The Mystery:  Conversations with Father Matt Foley.

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  • Brad Steinbrecher

    Brad Steinbrecher Hibbing, MN

    Mike- Thank you so much for sharing this interview with Fr. Matt Foley. I grew up watching Chris Farley on SNL and was a senior in college when he died. Chris brought so much laughter and joy to millions of us, and I remember the grief I felt when I realized that he was not able to find peace in his own life. As a Catholic myself, I've prayed several times over the years that God's mercy would have been at work in Chris' life...even at the moment of his death. At one point during the podcast, I began to weep. I had always carried a burden for this man, but I never really knew why. I finally understood through your interview that the connection was our Catholic faith. It was healing and comforting to know that the people closest to Chris, his parents, siblings and friends like Fr. Matt, were faithful Catholics who regularly drew him to the merciful heart of Jesus. Thank you for doing these podcasts, Mike. Your interviews are heartfelt and meaningful. You always come across as a man of substance with a genuine interest in the lives of your guests. In a world so enamored with fame and celebrity, it's refreshing to see you rise above these shallow pursuits and endeavor to show your audience real and authentic beauty--both in art and humanity. Keep up the great work, my friend! May God continue to be glorified in your life and may our Blessed Mother draw you ever closer to her son Jesus. God Bless! Brad

    Mike-

    Thank you so much for sharing this interview with Fr. Matt Foley. I grew up watching Chris Farley on SNL and was a senior in college when he died. Chris brought so much laughter and joy to millions of us, and I remember the grief I felt when I realized that he was not able to find peace in his own life.

    As a Catholic myself, I've prayed several times over the years that God's mercy would have been at work in Chris' life...even at the moment of his death. At one point during the podcast, I began to weep. I had always carried a burden for this man, but I never really knew why. I finally understood through your interview that the connection was our Catholic faith. It was healing and comforting to know that the people closest to Chris, his parents, siblings and friends like Fr. Matt, were faithful Catholics who regularly drew him to the merciful heart of Jesus.

    Thank you for doing these podcasts, Mike. Your interviews are heartfelt and meaningful. You always come across as a man of substance with a genuine interest in the lives of your guests. In a world so enamored with fame and celebrity, it's refreshing to see you rise above these shallow pursuits and endeavor to show your audience real and authentic beauty--both in art and humanity. Keep up the great work, my friend! May God continue to be glorified in your life and may our Blessed Mother draw you ever closer to her son Jesus. God Bless!

    Brad

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