Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. A Maryland Province Jesuit, he is currently an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Br. Consolmagno obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1978.
He entered the Jesuits in 1989 and took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991. He studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University Chicago and physics at the University of Chicago before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993. He has coauthored a number of books, including “Turn Left at Orion” and “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” He is also curator of the Vatican meteorite collection.