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What makes a Jesuit a Jesuit?

American Jesuit John O'Malley comments on what makes a Jesuit a Jesuit. His first qualifications are the completion of the Spiritual Exercises and a commitment to excel in whatever one does. Secondly, he discusses the corporate side to being a Jesuit and how honest and practical the community is – what he calls “the Jesuit style.”

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Playing Time: 4:31 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. is an historian of religion currently teaching at Georgetown University. Author and Lecturer, his most notable books are The First Jesuits (1993) which has been translated into ten languages, and What Happened at Vatican II (2008).

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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