Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, appointed by Pope Francis as the director of the Vatican Observatory in 2015, will be presenting a retreat, “Science, Religion, and Beauty in the Stars,” at The Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Feb. 17-19, 2017.
From the opening of Genesis to the most recent encyclical of Pope Francis, our belief in a creator has meant that we believe God "reveals Himself in the things He has made" (to quote St. Paul). By looking at beauty in both nature and in the science that lets us understand nature we ask: What is God revealing to us?
The non-silent retreat for men and women will expand on topics first raised in a presentation at the University of Southern California Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies in April 2016. Click here for more information or to register for the retreat.
Brother Consolmagno, in addition to his role as director of the Vatican Observatory, is president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, he earned undergraduate and masters' degrees from MIT, and a PhD in planetary science from the University of Arizona. He was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the U.S. Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics before entering the Jesuits in 1989.
With his unique perspective as both a scientist and a man of faith, Br. Consolmagno was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for his diverse methods of reaching the public and for his achievements, including his numerous books and speaking engagements in both Europe and the United States.