“The Pope’s Astronomer” with Q & A

Speaker: Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, is the Director of the Vatican Observatory. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, in 2015 Pope Francis appointed Dr. Consolmagno director of the Vatican Observatory.

Br. Guy’s research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. He has observed Kuiper Belt objects with the Vatican’s 1.8 meter telescope in Arizona, and measured of meteorite physical properties to understand asteroid origins and structure. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (with Paul Mueller). In 2000, the IAU named asteroid, 4597 Consolmagno, in recognition of his work. In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

Program Details

11:30 a.m. – Doors Open (check in and registration)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch Begins
12:15 p.m. – Program Begins


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

5:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. – Show

Father Jake Martin, SJ is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Creighton University. Prior to coming to Creighton, Fr. Jake was completing his PhD in Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He has been a contributing writer on film and television for America Magazine since 2009 and has written for numerous other publications including Huffington Post, Busted Halo, and American Catholic Studies. His book What’s So Funny About Faith: A Memoir from the Intersection of the Hilarious and Holy was published by Loyola Press in 2012. Jake is also an actor and improvisational comedian whose solo show Learning to Pray in Front of the Television was an official selection for the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jake has also performed at numerous venues in Chicago and New York.

The show will be co-hosted by Fr. Paul Shelton, SJ. Fr. Paul is a vocation promoter for the Midwest Jesuits, and a native of Cleveland.

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Past Events

On Wednesday, February 23, John Carroll University President Alan Miciak presented “Relentless and Relevant: A Daring Approach to the Next 500 Years of Jesuit Education” at the City Club of Cleveland.

View the talk in the player below.

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, Mike Barkley, former CEO of KIND Snacks, shared how he has learned and applied the teachings of St. Ignatius to navigate the peaks and valleys of life—including finding grace in the “cannonball moments” that can help us find higher purpose.

If you missed the event, view Mike’s talk in the player below.

About Loyola Club/Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network of Cleveland

Since 2007, Loyola Club gathers friends and alumni of Jesuit institutions for food, fellowship, and inspiration. For more than 200 years, the network of Jesuit institutions has had a significant impact on the U.S. and Catholicism. As a result, Jesuit principles are interwoven into our lives and community. Loyola Club probes ways to apply Ignatian spirituality in our current lives and strengthen our community. The idea of service to others never grows old as we continue to learn, earn, and be “Men and Women for Others.”