Voices

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

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.
Faith Vantage Point
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.January 02, 2018
"The center of my theology? Good Lord, that can't be anything else but God as mystery and Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen One, as the historical event in which this God turns irreversibly toward us in self-communication."
Arts & Culture Ideas
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.October 20, 2017
At the heart of Anne Frank’s life and witness is a hopeful faith in humanity.
European Parliament employees set up a portrait of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl before an European ceremony in Strasbourg on July 1. The ceremony was followed by a requiem Mass at the cathedral in Speyer, Germany. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Politics & Society Last Take
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.July 11, 2017
Mourners from across the continent praised Helmut Kohl's vision for a united Europe
Politics & Society Short Take
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.January 20, 2017
Refugees are survivors. As Americans, we share their values.
Politics & Society Art
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.December 22, 2016
As the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to an end, our country is reminded that the African-American story continues to be written today.