Brother astronomer reaches for the heavens
BROTHER GUY Consolmagno, S.J. presumably aims to be in heaven someday, but he gets
a small taste of his reward now by
studying the heavens. An MIT and
Harvard trained astronomer, he has
been part of the Vatican Observa-
tory for three decades and direc-
tor since 2015. He has conducted
research on the links between
meteorites and asteroids, published
dozens of scientific papers, and au-
thored or co-written several popu-
lar books on astronomy, including
the 2014 Would You Baptize an Ex-
traterrestrial? . . . and Other Questions
from the Astronomers’ In-box at the
Consolmagno speaks extensively on science and faith. “Scienceand religion worship the same god,who is the God of truth,” he saidin a 2013 TEDx talk. During timesof social unrest, Consolmagno reasoned in a recent post on the Vatican Observatory blog, we shouldcontinue to devote resources forstargazing: “Without the food forthe soul—art, music, storytelling,astronomy—the soul would starve.”
SINCE 2016, Catholic sisters (nuns) and Millennials of diverse spirituality (nones) have come together aroundthe country to talk, learn from eachother, and sometimes take a next step.
In Burlingame, California participantsdecided to live together for six monthsafter a period of conversations. In otherregions, participants have moved frominitial conversations into sharing meals,retreats, books, and social activism.
Laywoman Carrie Drake said:
“[Nuns and Nones] was sustenance for my spirit. At a time when it is easy
to feel disconnected and divided from others, our time together created and
strengthened essential and vital relationships to the community and collective
movement toward peace and justice.”
Millennials taking part in the gatherings share interests with sisters in spiri-
tual questions, solidarity, and social action. The sisters are from a variety of com-
munities, notably Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St. Joseph, and Dominican Sisters.
The project has received funding to establish the website nunsandnones.org.
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BROTHER GUY Consolmagno, S.J. is director of the Vatican Observatory.
A “NONE” (left) and a “nun,” or sister, getto know each other.