Biography of James Martin, S.J.

Thanks to his appearances on television with talk show host Stephen Colbert, his Twitter following of more than a quarter of a million people, and his bestselling books, James Martin, S.J., may be the most recognized Catholic priest in the United States. A newly published biography, James Martin, SJ: In the Company of Jesus (Liturgical Press, 2020), aims to shed light on the interior life of one of the most influential Catholics in contemporary society. The biography, written by Jon M. Sweeney, explores Fr. Martin’s early life, experiences as a corporate executive, call to religious life, ministry and spirituality, and his feelings about both the adoration and the criticism he receives from so many. Fr. Martin is a BC alumnus by virtue of his graduation from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which joined with BC’s Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry to form BC’s School of Theology and Ministry. He is the author of several books, including The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, My Life with the Saints, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. Publisher and editor-in-chief at Paraclete Press, Sweeney also is the author of The Complete Francis of Assisi, among other titles.

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