James Martin, SJ - 2012 Commencement Speaker
James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author and associate editor of America, the national Catholic magazine (he also blogs at “In All Things,” the new editorial blog from America magazine).
Father Martin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric Co., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988.
For his regency, he worked for two years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped East African refugees start small businesses. In 1995, Father Martin began his theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his master’s degree in divinity in 1998, and his master’s in theology in 1999. While in Cambridge, he also worked as a chaplain at a Boston prison. After completing his Jesuit studies, he was ordained a Catholic priest in June 1999.
Besides his articles in America and other Catholic publications like Commonweal, U.S. Catholic and The (London) Tablet, Father Martin has written for The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other national newspapers and websites, including beliefnet.com and salon.com. He has commented on religion and spirituality in the national and international radio media, and has appeared in venues as diverse as National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” PBS’s “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” as well as on all the major networks, CNN, MSNBC, the History Channel, the BBC and Vatican Radio.
In addition to his editorial, publishing and media work, Father Martin conducts seminars and retreats and assists on Sundays at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.
Information courtesy of Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry