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Jesuits at Georgetown

“Our job as educators and as priests is not to bring God to people, or even to bring people to God. Our job, our way, of living out our educational vocation is to ask the right questions, and to help young people ask those questions,” —Rev. Ryan Maher, S.J.

The Jesuit community at Georgetown inspires the spirit of contemplation, action, and justice unique to the nation’s oldest Catholic university. Grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuit mission emphasizes care for the whole person, a commitment to social justice, and a call to educate in ways both spiritual and practical.

In Jesuits at Georgetown, members of the community share how they serve as professors and spiritual guides, as well as individuals who “embody in a particular way the tradition that animates and gives life to Georgetown,” Father Maher explains. Embracing the diversity of the campus community, they encourage interreligious dialogue and support the intellectual and spiritual journeys of the student population.

This intimate portrait of the Jesuits on campus features Rev. Ryan Maher, S.J., former associate dean, Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., executive director of Campus Ministry, Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., associate professor of theology, and Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J., assistant professor of government.

The video was created by Kuna Malik Hamad, lead College videographer and GU alumnus.