News Detail
Gerard O’Connell and Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM
America Magazine Greatly Expands Domestic and International Coverage

August 11, 2014 — Jesuit-run America magazine is undergoing the most dramatic expansion of its domestic and international coverage in 30 years with several recent appointments. The magazine named Gerard O’Connell as Vatican Correspondent, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, as U.S. Church Correspondent and additional correspondents in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Beijing.

As a full-time Associate Editor and Vatican Correspondent, O’Connell will serve as the Rome bureau chief for America, the first appointment of its kind in the publication’s 105-year-old history.

He will provide comprehensive coverage of this extraordinary moment in the life of the papacy and in the life of the Society of Jesus,” said Jesuit Father Matt Malone, Editor in Chief. “Mr. O’Connell is a senior member of the Vatican press corps and has an extensive network of contacts throughout the world that will position America as a ‘go-to’ resource for analysis and reporting from the heart of the church.”

Sr. Walsh, who previously served as Director of Media Relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the U.S. Church. Her appointment is another significant first for the magazine: she is the first religious sister to serve on America’s editorial staff.

America also named correspondents in four other cities: Timothy Padgett, a former Newsweek and Time bureau chief, in Miami; Judith Valente, a journalist, poet and essayist, in Chicago; Jesuit Father James McDermott, a former Associate Editor of America, in Los Angeles; and Steven Schwankert, an award-winning writer and editor with 17 years of experience in Greater China, in Beijing.

“At a time when many U.S. media outlets are cutting back on coverage, we are making a significant new investment on behalf of our readers,” said Fr. Malone. The magazine recently earned a record-breaking 27 awards for journalistic excellence from the Catholic Press Association, the most awards won by America in a single year.

[Sources: Jesuit Curia; America Magazine: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M., Named U.S. Church Correspondent for 'America'; 'America' Announces First Round of New Correspondents in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Beijing]

Recent News

November 26, 2015 — On this Thanksgiving Day, we share with you an Examen prayer of gratitude, adapted by Marquette University Campus Ministry.

November 24, 2015 — A record-breaking 1,600 students and young adults gathered for the 18th annual Ignatian Family Teach for Justice Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2015 — The Jesuit Conference is urging Congress to oppose efforts to suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program or restrict funding for refugees.

November 18, 2015 — As director of the Office of Vocation Promotion, Br. Michael Breault, SJ, is working on vocation outreach that's adapting to meet contemporary realities.

November 16, 2015 — Fr. Schlegel died Nov. 15 in Omaha at age 72 after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

November 16, 2015 — Pope Francis held a private audience to commemorate the organization’s 35th anniversary.

November 13, 2015 — In a recent speech in Washington, D.C., Linda LeMura, president of Le Moyne College, expressed her commitment to running a Jesuit university in the modern era.

view all news

Search news

Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 11/30/15

America - 11/23/15

America - 11/16/15

Ignatius House Retreat Center
For almost 50 years, the Ignatius House Retreat Center has been open to individuals of all faiths seeking a closer relationship with God.