Voices

Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.October 25, 2019
“The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement” is a lesson on how art can awaken us to the unprecedented crisis of refugees and displaced persons now numbering 70.8 million.
“Cruz for Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr of El Salvador” by Michael Tracy was featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University. (Photo: MOCRA).
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.September 20, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University stands out for its singular focus on art that is genuinely interfaith.
Faith Last Take
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.July 31, 2019
In an age characterized by all but a desperate need for solidarity, when the religious and secular bonds of community have become badly frayed, bridges real and metaphorical have become more important than ever.
Faith Faith in Focus
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.July 09, 2019
An Encounter with Silence
Nun kneeling on stage
Arts & Culture Music
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.June 07, 2019
Originally written by Georges Bernanos, the “Dialogues of the Carmelites” was turned into an opera by the French composer Francis Poulenc.
Politics & Society Last Take
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.October 05, 2018
Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family.
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.September 26, 2018
Following an acclaimed exhibition of the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix at the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened, on Sept. 17, the first full presentation of the artist ever to be held in North America.
Bodys Isek Kingelez. Ville Fantôme. 1996. 
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.July 19, 2018
The Congolese artist has left us a form of art that transcends political and aesthetic categories.
‘Spring Turning’ by Grant Wood (photo: the Whitney Museum)
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.April 11, 2018
“In making these paintings,“ wrote Wood, “I had in mind something which I hope to convey to a fairly wide audience in America—the picture of a country rich in the arts of peace; a homely, lovable nation, infinitely worthy of any sacrifice necessary to its preservation.”
People gather around Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' on display at Christie's auction rooms, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 24 (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth).
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.January 24, 2018
Last November at Christie’s, the divine became the dollar.