In addition, Martin is the author of several other books including a best-selling memoir “My Life with the Saints”, which received a 2007 Christopher Award, was named one of the “Best Books” of 2006 by Publishers Weekly and received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association. After working for years at the General Electric Co., Martin entered the Society of Jesus in 1988, and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1999. During his service with the Jesuits, he worked in a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica, as part of an outreach program with street gang members in inner city Chicago and with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped East African refugees start small businesses.
“We’re happy to have Fr. Martin speaking at this year’s Landregan Lecture,” said Mark Goodwin, interim dean of the School of Ministry and theology professor. “In the Year of Faith, his book, ‘Between Heaven and Mirth,’ is an important reminder that joy and laughter are a part of the Catholic spiritual life.”
The University of Dallas Landregan Lecture honors Steven T. Landregan, an archivist, author and former editor of The Texas Catholic newspaper. The event is free and open to the public. The University of Dallas School of Ministry offers various programs that meet the Catholic Church’s educational needs through five strategic areas of focus: undergraduate and graduate degrees, a Catholic Biblical School, adult continuing educational programs, a Rome program study tour and an annual ministry conference.
For more information, visitudallas.edu/ministry.