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Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author and Media Commentator, to Speak at BC: Mar. 4

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (2-21-11) – Boston College will host on Mar. 4 an evening with author Rev. James Martin, SJ, whose media appearances on NPR, "The O'Reilly Factor” and "The Colbert Report,” among many others, have made him one of the most recognizable Jesuits in America. Fr. Martin will talk about his best-selling book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Robsham Theater on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus, 140 Commonwealth Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Fr. Martin will translate the insights of St. Ignatius of Loyola for a modern audience, revealing how people can find God and how God can find people in the real world of work, love, suffering, decisions, prayer, and friendship.

The event is part of the Dowmel Lecture series, in honor of J. Leo and Catherine Dowd, and is sponsored by Provincial Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, and the New England Province of Jesuits, in partnership with the Boston College Church in the 21st Century Center and BC School of Theology and Ministry. Space is limited and RSVPs are requested at

"Fr. Martin is a gifted speaker who can restate the riches of the Catholic tradition in ways that appeal to contemporary believers, whatever their ages.  His presentation will be an engaging and illuminating evening that students and visitors should not miss," said the University's Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton, who is serving as interim director of C21.

“We are grateful for this generous gift from the Dowds that provides us with the opportunity to bring Fr. James Martin, SJ,  to the Boston area. His books have informed and inspired many readers to embrace Ignatian spirituality and become closer to God. This lecture also provides the Province with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and partner with Boston College,” said Fr. Sheehan.

Fr. Martin is a culture editor of America magazine and the author of several other books, including My Life with the Saints and the forthcoming Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he worked in corporate finance before entering the Jesuit novitiate in Boston in 1988. During his Jesuit training, he worked in a homeless shelter in Boston; with Mother Teresa sisters in Jamaica; with gang members in Chicago; with refugees in Kenya; and as a prison chaplain in Boston. He was ordained a priest in 1999 and pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit in 2009.  

Fr. Martin has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, O Magazine and Slate, among others. A sought-after commentator, he has appeared on all the major networks, the BBC, the History Channel and Vatican Radio, as well as NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Fox-TV's "The O'Reilly Factor," PBS's "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer" and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."