Jim McDermott, S.J., studied literature at Marquette and Harvard University and Old Testament and Liturgy at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. A former teacher at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Associate Editor at America, Father McDermott recently
Los Angeles ordinations in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit Conference.
Faith Dispatches
June 21, 2017
The consolidation is a work in progress. The brethren have mixed feelings about it, and their provincials know it.
Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington on June 1 to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Politics & Society Dispatches
June 05, 2017
In parts of the U.S. church 'Laudato Si'' has sparked creativity and innovation with impacts not so easily set aside. One such experiment is the Diocese of Monterey’s advocacy of Community Choice Energy.
Politics & Society Dispatches
June 02, 2017
George “Jerry” Martinson, S.J., was one of the most significant Jesuits to work in China since World War II and almost certainly the most well known.
Faith Dispatches
May 22, 2017
Given the number of those in the California legal system today who are Latino, “you can guess a large percentage of them are Catholic.”
Kyle MacLachlan in Showtime's relaunch of "Twin Peaks" (photo: CBS)
Arts & Culture Television
May 17, 2017
Our lives, “Twin Peaks” suggested, are far weirder than we generally care to consider, more ridiculous and more frightening
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 05, 2017
“So far we do not know of anybody on Oahu that has been visited by ICE or picked up.”
Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) in "American Gods" 
Arts & Culture Television
May 01, 2017
“American Gods” looks primed to deliver interesting meditations on belief, as well as visually sumptuous storytelling.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 13, 2017
Almost every lily any of us in the United States will see this Easter comes from the very same tiny area at the northwest border of California.
Finn Jones as Iron Fist
Arts & Culture Television
April 11, 2017
It is rare for television to allow its characters to have any sort of spiritual life.
Interior view of the Star of the Sea Painted Church, Big Island, Hawaii. Photo by Frank Schulenburg (Wikicommons)
Faith Dispatches
April 06, 2017
For the 1.5 million people who live on its six islands, Hawaii is not a vacation fantasyland but home, with its own set of struggles and blessings.