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Father Jim Martin
Jesuit priest, editor, author, Catholic commentator

Jesuit priest James Martin is a regular commentator on religion and spirituality for the secular and Catholic media. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance and related areas for General Electric, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1988. During his Jesuit training, he worked in a number of ministries, including a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica; the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya; and youth-gang and prison-chaplaincy programs. He studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., earning a master's degree in divinity in 1998, and a master's degree in theology in 1999. He was ordained a priest that year, and is currently an associate editor of America, a Catholic weekly magazine. Father Martin is also an assisting priest at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.

Besides his many articles in America, Father Martin has written numerous articles for Commonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, The London Tablet, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, and Salon.com. He has also done radio commentary for National Public Radio, Fox TV, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel, Vatican Radio, and other networks. Father Martin has written and edited ten books about Catholicism and spirituality, the most recent being "My Life with the Saints" and "Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints."
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"Becoming Who You Are"
By James Martin