Fr. Keenan in the Holy Land

From Dec. 22 through 29, Fr. James Keenan, SJ, director of donor relations for the USA Northeast Province made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he was able to visit cities including Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. He made the pilgrimage with his cousin and his cousin’s daughter.

Below is a photo gallery detailing some of the highlights from his trip as well as an audio clip of Fr. Keenan talking about the people he met and how the experience changed how he prays.

Honoring a Legend at Georgetown University Press

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A “Keenan Dinner” cake featuring the books published in Georgetown University Press’s “Moral Traditions” series.

Georgetown University Press recently sponsored the thirteenth annual “Keenan Dinner,” in honor of Fr. James Keenan, SJ, who served as editor of 52 books in Georgetown University Press’ Moral Traditions series for the past two decades. Fr. Keenan is also known for his role in establishing the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church project. The dinner was an opportunity to celebrate the authors of works published in the series.

This was Fr. Keenan’s last dinner as editor, he will be stepping down and passing the torch to three new editors: Dave Cloutier, Kristen Heyer and Fr. Andrea Vicini, SJ.

Cathleen Kaveny, a writer for Commonweal magazine and author in the series, reflected on her own time working with him, saying, “Jim has been a great series editor: he supports you when you need support, and he prods you when you need prodding. His comments are always acute and always constructive.”

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PODCAST: Fr. Keenan on Theological Ethics


Fr. James Keenan, SJ, of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Fr. James Keenan, SJ, of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry recently participated in a podcast for America magazine, focusing on his role in establishing the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church project. The project came together as a way for teachers of theological ethics to meet and discuss their work. Up until that point most people working in theological ethics had not had the chance to meet one another.

“Because we teach ethics, theological ethics, we have a lot of interlocutors. Some of them are in medicine, some are in business, some are in law…but we really don’t sufficiently talk enough to one another,” Fr. Keenan said. The first meeting of theology ethics educators took place in 2006, and the network has grown since.

Click here to listen to the episode.