Jesuit Matt Malone Named Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine
New England Province Jesuit, Fr. Matt Malone, was named as the next (and youngest) Editor-in-Chief of America magazine, a century-old publication which is the only national Catholic weekly magazine in the United States.
For over a century, America, the only national Catholic weekly magazine in the United States, has provided a provocative and distinctly Jesuit voice on religion, society, politics and culture. That proud history continues today as America’s board of directors named Fr. Matt Malone, SJ its newest and youngest editor-in-chief. Malone, 40, who was ordained a priest this past July at Fordham University, assumes his appointment October 1, 2012. He succeeds Fr. Drew Christiansen, SJ, who has served as America’s editor-in-chief since 2005. Father Christiansen will be on sabbatical for the next year serving as a visiting scholar in theology at Boston College. In January 2014, Father Christiansen will assume a senior academic appointment at a leading Jesuit university.
Fr. Matt Malone served for two years as an associate editor for the publication from 2007-2009, where he covered foreign policy and domestic politics and earned a first place award from the Catholic Press Association for a moving essay recounting his father’s decision to forgive the man responsible for Fr. Malone’s brother’s death in a drunk driving incident in 1984. Earlier in his career, Fr. Malone served as deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, policy, ideas and civic life. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University and a graduate degree in theology from Heythrop College in Great Britain and The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
“We are pleased to welcome Father Matt Malone back home to America, a place that’s meaningful to him both as a journalist and a Jesuit. A talented writer and editor, he is uniquely qualified to help lead America into its next century,” said Albert C. Pierce, chair of the Board of Directors of America Press, Inc. John Schlegel, SJ, President and Publisher of America, added, “As the 14th editor in America’s 100-year history, Father Malone knows he has big shoes to fill, and we’re confident that he will exceed all expectations.”
About his new role, Fr. Malone said, “I’m honored by this appointment and grateful to be able to return to America. The publication has a storied tradition and is well positioned for a bright future. America’s mission has never been more relevant. Questions of faith and culture, democracy and Catholicism – the very questions that America has explored for more than a century – will continue to dominate the public argument. I look forward to continuing the conversation.”
Fr. Matt Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002. He was ordained a priest at Fordham University on June 9, 2012.