Loyola University Maryland welcomes Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., for his lecture, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?”, on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
An author, scholar, and astronomer, Brother Consolmagno will speak about his most recent book, Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? The book explores questions regarding faith and science. The event, part of the University’s Jesuit Heritage Week, is free and open to the public.
Appointed director of the Vatican Observatory in September 2015 by Pope Francis, Brother Consolmagno is a prominent international voice about the relationship between science and religious faith. Consolmagno’s research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.
Brother Consolmagno was born in Detroit, Mich. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona.
After earning his doctorate, Brother Consolmagno joined the Peace Corps, where he served for two years in Kenya teaching physics and astronomy. When he returned to the United States, he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit order in 1989. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991 and studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University Chicago and physics at the University of Chicago before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.
Brother Consolmagno has held visiting faculty positions at four Jesuit universities including Loyola, and he served as a visiting scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the author or co-author of four books exploring faith and science issues, and he has coauthored two astronomy books. He also writes a monthly column on astronomy for the British Catholic periodical, The Tablet.
Brother Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of multiple meteoritical and astronomical societies. In 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science.
Brother Consolmagno will also speak at Loyola's annual Cosmos and Creation Conference in June 2016.