Fr James Martin SJ kicks off St. Helen's Theology on Tap
August 22, 2008

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Fr. James Martin SJ is set to kickoff RENEW Theology on Tap sponsored by St. Helen's Young Adult Ministry in Westfield, NJ. Fr. Martin will give a talk entitled How To Become a Saint in an Hour, which will focus on the surprising humanity of the saints, how they teach us about finding our own paths to God, and how they show us how being holy simply means being who you are. The event will take place at 7:30 on August 27th, at Molly Macguires, 1085 Central Ave, Clark NJ. All young adults in their 20s and 30s are welcome.

The Rev. 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. During his novitiate, Martin worked in a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica; and at the Nativity Mission School, a school for poor Hispanic boys, in New York City. From 1990 to 1992, he studied philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, and also worked in an outreach program with street-gang members in the inner city. 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; and for one year with America magazine in New York City. 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.

Father Martin is the author of several books, most recently, A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas and Life’s Big Questions (Loyola, 2007)

His bestselling book My Life with the Saints (Loyola, 2006), which received a 2007 Christopher Award, was also named one of the "Best Books" of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, and received a First Place from the Catholic Press Association for Spirituality Books. He is also author of Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Paulist, 2006), Searching for God at Ground Zero (Sheed & Ward: 2002); In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience (Sheed & Ward: 2000); and This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa (Orbis: 1999), winner of a Catholic Press Association award. He is the editor of Celebrating Good Liturgy: A Guide to the Ministries of the Mass (Loyola, 2005); Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions (Loyola, 2004); and How Can I Find God: The Famous and Not-So-Famous Consider the Quintessential Question (Liguori, 1997). His books have been translated into Spanish, German, Polish and Korean.

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 and 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. Besides 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.

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