Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., served as America’s editor in chief from 1975-84, before being named president of Fordham University, and remained there until 2003. Also a civic leader, Father O’Hare returned to America in 2003 to serve as an associate editor. He retired in 2009 and was involved in pastoral work until his death in 2020.
40 years ago, Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square. Joseph O’Hare, SJ, was not surprised.
There was an inevitability to the newsflash: Sooner or later, someone was going to shoot Pope John Paul II.
Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., former editor in chief of America, gave this homily at a memorial Mass for the Jesuits slain Jesuits at St. Ignatius Church in New York on Nov. 22, 1989.
You may not have noticed, but the listing of associate editors on the masthead of this journal is determined by seniority. When I returned from the Philippines in the Spring of 1972 to join the staff, my name was added at the end of a list of seven other Jesuits who had preceded me. Immediately ahea
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