Rev. Brian O. McDermott, S.J.

Special Assistant to the President

Contact Information:  
bom2@georgetown.edu

Interests:
Ignatian spirituality, the study of violence in scripture, studying and teaching the intersection of group relations theory with Ignatian spirituality

Interesting Facts:
I left Georgetown as an undergrad at the end of my sophomore year, right after my last exam.  I went that very day to Montreal to get on a Dutch cargo ship to go on an Ignatian "pilgrimage" with other GU students and two Jesuits.  It was the summer of 1956, the anniversary of St. Ignatius' death.  I entered the Jesuits that September.  Little did I realize how involved with GU I would be later on. I thought I had given up GU for good!  I was on the Board of Directors for 19 years, the rector here from 2000 to 2006, and now I'm back working for President DeGioia. I feel very blessed indeed!

Apostolic Pursuits:
Spiritual direction, directing people in the Spiritual Exercises, training people to give the Exercises; teaching leadership and spirituality as well as theology (e.g., Christology).

Favorite Books:
Sebastian Moore, The Crucified Jesus Is No Stranger; James Alison, The Joy of Being Wrong:  Original Sin Through Easter Eyes.    

Favorite Saying:
"In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone."   (St. John of the Cross)