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The Jesuit motto Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam -- Latin for "For the Greater Glory of God" and often abbreviated AMDG -- has been carved into buildings, printed on license plates, set to music, and written on the top of exams by nervous high school and college students. Attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, the motto reminds us that we should seek to do everything in praise of God and for the betterment of our neighbor. In this podcast from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Jesuits and friends come together to look at the world through Ignatian eyes, always striving to live Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. Hosted by Mike Jordan Laskey. Learn more at jesuits.org.

The Jesuit motto Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam -- Latin for "For the Greater Glory of God" and often abbreviated AMDG -- has been carved into buildings, printed on license plates, set to music, and written on the top of exams by nervous high school and college students. Attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, the motto reminds us that we should seek to do everything in praise of God and for the betterment of our neighbor. In this podcast from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Jesuits and friends come together to look at the world through Ignatian eyes, always striving to live Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. Hosted by Mike Jordan Laskey. Learn more at jesuits.org.
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The Jesuit motto Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam -- Latin for "For the Greater Glory of God" and often abbreviated AMDG -- has been carved into buildings, printed on license plates, set to music, and written on the top of exams by nervous high school and college students. Attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, the motto reminds us that we should seek to do everything in praise of God and for the betterment of our neighbor. In this podcast from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Jesuits and friends come together to look at the world through Ignatian eyes, always striving to live Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. Hosted by Mike Jordan Laskey. Learn more at jesuits.org.

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Episodes

Drafting Saints with Fr. Paddy Gilger and Fr. Eric Sundrup

9/11/2019
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Jesuit priests Fr. Paddy Gilger and Fr. Eric Sundrup are the hosts of a wonderful new YouTube show called "Jesuit Autocomplete" from America Media. In each episode, Paddy and Eric answer a different set of Google’s most popular questions about Jesuits, the Bible, Pope Francis, and more. After talking about the series, host Mike Jordan Laskey and Paddy and Eric draft teams of five saints each in an NBA-style selection process. You'll have to judge for yourself who ended up with the best team,...

Duration:00:48:44

Marquette President Mike Lovell Wants the University to Help Heal Brokenness

9/4/2019
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This is our second of two episodes with a university president as we celebrate the beginning of the academic year. Be sure to check out our last conversation with President Tania Tetlow from Loyola University New Orleans. Today, we welcome Dr. Mike Lovell, the president of Marquette University in Milwaukee. Like President Tetlow at Loyola, Dr. Lovell is the first-ever layperson to serve as president of Marquette. A man of deep faith, he shares the story of prayerfully discerning the call to...

Duration:00:43:25

President Tania Tetlow is Blazing a Trail at Loyola University New Orleans

8/28/2019
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Tania Tetlow is a trailblazer. She is the first female president in the history of Loyola University New Orleans. She is the first layperson to serve in that role. And her first job was working for Representative Lindy Boggs, who was the first woman to represent the state of Louisiana in Congress. As President Tetlow’s second academic year in leadership gets underway this month, host Mike Jordan Laskey asked her about the challenges Loyola New Orleans is facing and what makes the university...

Duration:00:35:34

Sister Jean Reflects on Her 100th Birthday

8/21/2019
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Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, took the world by storm as the chaplain for the 2018 Loyola Chicago Final Four men's basketball team. She turns 100 on Wednesday, August 21! In this conversation with host Mike Jordan Laskey and guest host Deanna Howes Spiro of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Sr. Jean reflects on turning 100, her instant rise to fame last year, and what advice she might offer new college students starting this fall.

Duration:00:28:31

Why this Jesuit Swam Six Miles (!) with Very Little Training

8/12/2019
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Last month, Matt Wooters, a Jesuit brother from the Midwest Province, decided he was going to try and swim six miles for a birthday fundraiser benefiting the immigration legal aid group RAICES. The only problem was he only had a few weeks to train and it’s not like he was doing long-distance swims all the time. But as Brother Matt is wont to do, he just went for it. His effort struck a cord, and the the fundraiser blew up on social media. With an original goal of $1000, he blew past that...

Duration:00:26:50

Here I Am, Lord: 50 Years of Music with the St. Louis Jesuits

8/5/2019
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If you’ve been to Catholic Mass in the United States at some point over the past few decades, you’ve probably sung at least one piece of music by a group of five composers called the St. Louis Jesuits. Here, I’ll quiz you. How many of these song titles do you recognize? Be Not Afraid. Here I Am, Lord. Come to the Water. City of God. One Bread, One Body. Lift Up Your Hearts. Though the Mountains May Fall. I bet you’re humming at least one of them already. While the St. Louis Jesuits have gone...

Duration:01:04:51

Malcolm Gladwell on Thinking Like a Jesuit

7/18/2019
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When best-selling author and public intellectual Malcolm Gladwell announced he was doing a three-part podcast on thinking like a Jesuit, we had to learn more. Host Mike Jordan Laskey chats with Malcolm about the origins of the series, what surprised him in his deep dive into Jesuit moral reasoning, and why most every modern political problem could use a dose of St. Ignatius. This is the first official episode of AMDG, a new podcast from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States....

Duration:00:41:26

How World Cup Soccer is a Source of Solidarity and Spiritual Growth

6/24/2019
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The Women’s World Cup is in full swing in France, with more elite teams vying for the championship than ever before. One of the biggest soccer fans around is Pope Francis, who recently said that sports “can foster a culture of dialogue and respectful encounters.” We wanted to use the occasion of the World Cup to dig into the spiritual and character-building dimensions of sports, so our guests are two people who have been connected to the game of soccer for four or five decades between them:...

Duration:00:36:39

World Refugee Day: Fighting for Justice with Giulia McPherson of Jesuit Refugee Service

6/17/2019
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Every minute, 24 people are forced to leave their home because of war, persecution or violence. Experts estimate that there are more people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict than at any other point since World War II. We are in midst of a global refugee crisis. In over 50 countries where the crisis is the worst, the Jesuits are there. Jesuit Refugee Service, which was founded in 1980 by then-Jesuit superior general Pedro Arrupe, serves over 640,000 people around the...

Duration:00:32:15

An atheist went on a Buddhist retreat and wound up a Jesuit priest

6/6/2019
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If you had met Fr. Ted Penton, SJ, right before turn of the millennium and told him he’d be ordained a Jesuit priest in 2019, he wouldn’t have believed you. Ted was an atheist when he decided to go on a retreat at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand while traveling after college. His experience there changed everything, and led him on a path back to the Catholic Church, the spiritual home of his childhood. Fr. Ted is one of the newest Jesuit priests in the world. He ordination was just a few...

Duration:00:38:45

Remembering Jean Vanier with Fr. Bill Clarke, SJ

5/9/2019
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Millions of people around the world are in mourning this week as we remember Jean Vanier, who died on May 8 at the age of 90. Vanier was the founder of L'Arche, a federation of communities spread across 38 countries that welcomes and supports individuals with developmental disabilities. He lived in the original L’Arche community in France until his death. Vanier’s witness of compassionate care for those who are often marginalized in society made him a true saint of our times. Countless...

Duration:00:20:49

What the biblical prophets might think of Amazon with Br. Joe Hoover, SJ

5/1/2019
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As my wife would tell you, I am a compulsive Amazon shopper. A few taps of my thumb and voila – diapers or granola bars or a massaging seat cover for the car show up at our house two days later. I wish I wasn’t so bad at this, because I know Amazon is not a great company, to put it mildly. Their CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and his lowest-paid employees barely make $30,000 a year while facing some pretty tough working conditions in Amazon warehouses. What I am supposed to...

Duration:00:38:08

Processing the Notre-Dame Fire with Architecture Professor Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ

4/17/2019
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On Monday afternoon here on the East Coast, the horrifying photos and videos began to pour in: the Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. The international outpouring of sorrow and compassion was immediate, even among people who've never been to the cathedral. Why? What does a great cathedral mean to us -- even in this secular age? Our guest Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, is a Jesuit priest who was trained in architecture and now serves as an associate professor of architecture at the University of...

Duration:00:37:02

Pope Francis' "Christus Vivit" and Drafting Books of the Bible with Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ

4/11/2019
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Host Mike Jordan Laskey chats with his former college roommate, Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, about Fr. Michael's vocation promotion ministry, Pope Francis' new letter on young people and the church, and they take turns drafting books of the Bible, assembling Scriptural super-teams of five books apiece. (It's like the NFL Draft but way more fun.)

Duration:00:50:34

Fr. Pedro Arrupe is on the Path to Sainthood

4/3/2019
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This past winter, the cause for sainthood for Fr. Pedro Arrupe was officially opened in Rome. Fr. Arrupe served as the Jesuits’ superior general from 1965 to 1983, right in the middle of the huge changes in the church caused by the Second Vatican Council. He’s sometimes called the “second founder” of the Jesuits because so much of what he emphasized continues to characterize the Society of Jesus today. Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States,...

Duration:00:15:31

Six Years of Pope Francis with Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ

3/13/2019
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Six years ago this week, an Argentinian Jesuit named Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope. That's a pretty good chunk of time to get your priorities in motion. Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, sat down with host Mike Jordan Laskey to talk about Pope Francis' leadership and vision. Plus, Fr. Tim shares what the Holy Father told him when they met a few years ago and talks about the importance of the annual retreat Jesuits take, which...

Duration:00:28:32

Being a Jesuit in Japan with Fr. Jody Magtoto, SJ

2/6/2019
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February 6 is the Feast of St. Paul Miki and Companions. Paul Miki was a Japanese Jesuit brother who was martyred with 25 other Catholics in Japan in 1597. Fr. Jody Magtoto, SJ, is a Filipino Jesuit missioned to Japan. He's spending a few months in the United States "interning" with the Jesuit Conference here in preparation for launching a communications office back in Japan. He shared a bit about St. Paul Miki and what it's like to be a Jesuit priest in a country less than 0.5% Catholic.

Duration:00:16:29

Fr. Jeremy Zipple, SJ on Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year

12/19/2018
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"Justice" is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. What does that word mean to Jesuits? Mike Jordan Laskey from the Jesuit Conference called up Fr. Jeremy Zipple, SJ (https://twitter.com/jzipple), who's serving at St. Martin de Porres Parish and School in Belize. He offered some great insight into what it means to have a "faith that does justice." Learn more about Fr. Jeremy here: http://jesuits.org/story-details?TN=PROJECT-20130320034520&MTN=0748CD7A-E389-411E-B3EA-50C13761D85D

Duration:00:17:09