Father Sean Salai, S.J.

Posted: 03/18/2020 |

Sean Salai, S.J., is a Jesuit and special contributor at America Magazine.

He is the author of What Would Pope Francis Do? Bringing the Good News to People in Need (2016) and All the Pope’s Saints (2017), both from Our Sunday Visitor. He holds an M.A. in applied philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in history from Wabash College, which he attended on scholarship from the Indianapolis Star. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 2005, he was a metro desk newspaper reporter for The Washington Times and the Boca Raton News, where his articles were picked up by the Drudge Report and other national media outlets. He taught theology and coached forensics at Jesuit High School of Tampa in 2010-14.

His freelance writing has appeared in AmericaNational Catholic ReporterCatholic World Report, Busted Halo, Crisis MagazineCivil War Book ReviewHomiletic & Pastoral Review, the Magis Spirituality Center’s Spiritual Exercises Blog, and other publications. He is also a contributing editor of American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia (2006) and Choosing the Right College (2005), and two reference works from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). His academic writing has appeared in three publications, including the Heythrop Journal.

As an undergraduate newsmagazine editor, he won several Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards, as well as a Wesley Pruden Investigative Journalism Award from the Leadership Institute in 2001. He won two scholarships for outstanding collegiate journalism from the Washington, D.C.-based American Alternative Foundation in 2001 and 2002. He is a graduate of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University, the Leadership Institute’s Student Publications School in Virginia, the Collegiate Network Foreign Correspondent Course in Prague, and several other journalism programs. His college internship experience included The Washington Times national desk and Policy Review magazine at the Heritage Foundation.

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What makes him so different from other popes before him?

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This isn’t just a book about Pope Francis’ spiritual inspiration. As the first Jesuit pope in history, Francis has brought a radical shift in focus that stems directly from a long line of Jesuits dating back to St. Ignatius of Loyola. In All the Pope’s Saints, you’ll get to know many Jesuit saints—both famous and not—who are the Holy Father’s heroes and role models.

“Offers some unique insights into the mind and heart of this Jesuit Bishop of Rome and introduces us to some of the pope’s best friends.” —Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., English-language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office and CEO of Salt and Light.