SHU Welcomes Class of 2014 and Honors Jesuit Author James Martin, S.J.

News Story: August 1, 2010
James Martin, S.J.

Sacred Heart University will welcome 1,000 freshmen and 150 transfer students to campus at its annual Freshman Convocation on Wednesday, September 8, in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center. At the same ceremony, which begins at 2 P.M., an honorary doctorate degree will be presented to James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest, author, and culture editor of America magazine, the national Catholic weekly.  That evening, Father Martin will present a public lecture entitled, “Sarah Laughed: Joy, Humor and Laughter in the Spiritual Life.” He will also discuss his latest book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. The book became a New York Times best-seller a few weeks after its publication in March. The free lecture, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, begins at 7:30 P.M. To register for the 7:30 P.M. lecture and book signing, visit

SHU’s Class of 2014, the largest and most gifted incoming class to date, will join a campus community with a strong reputation for academic excellence and values education. The University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review for the high standards of its academic programs and its robust campus life. SHU’s Core Curriculum, nine years in the making, has earned praise as a national model for educating students in moral values. With programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, the University is well known for its award-winning extracurricular and volunteer offerings. In September, Sacred Heart University will launch its second doctoral program, in Nursing Practice, joining the Doctor of Physical therapy program, which graduated 45 members this past May and is ranked as the best in the state.

James Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business in his native Pennsylvania. He worked for six years in corporate finance at General Electric before entering the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He received master’s degrees in divinity and in theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and was ordained in 1999. During his years of formation, he performed ministry in Jamaica and Kenya, among other settings. In Africa, he helped refugees set up small businesses.

The author of several highly regarded books, Father Martin won the Christopher Award in 2007 for his memoir, My Life with the Saints. Other major works range from In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, to This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa. His books have been translated into six languages including Chinese and Korean.

A popular essayist and commentator, Father Martin has been featured on such venues as National Public Broadcasting, The O’Reilly Factor and The Colbert Report. In addition to his editorial, publishing and media work, he speaks at seminars and retreats across the country and assists on weekends at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.