A Jesuit Who Studies the Heavens

In addition to working as the director of the Vatican Observatory, Fr. Coyne also founded the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Ariz.

In addition to working as the director of the Vatican Observatory, Fr. Coyne also founded the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Ariz.

In addition to being a priest or brother, many Jesuits use their God given skills to work in a wide range of fields. One such example is Fr. George Coyne, SJ. Not only is Fr. Coyne a priest, but he is also an astronomer who has worked at the Vatican Observatory for more than thirty years.

Fr. Coyne entered the Society of Jesus in 1951 and has worked as the director of the Vatican Observatory since 1978.  There he would eventually meet Pope John Paul II who according to Fr. Coyne, “showed a very keen interest in advancing the scientific work of the Vatican Observatory and especially in promoting the dialogue between science and religious faith.”

Fr. Coyne retired from working at the observatory in 2012 and currently teaches astronomy, religion and science at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Click here to read more about Fr. Coyne and his work.

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