Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and author of history, spirituality, poetry/mysticism, memoir, and young reader fiction. He's a popular interpreter of the life and work of Francis of Assisi, and author of more than 40 books including "St. Francis of Assisi," with a foreword by Richard Rohr, OFM, new from St. Martin's Press, and "The Complete Francis of Assisi," used by Third Order Franciscans everywhere. HBO optioned the film rights to Sweeney's book on the medieval Pope Celestine V, "The Pope Who Quit." The fourth book in his popular series for children, "The Pope's Cat," was published in the first half of 2020: "Margaret and the Pope Go to Assisi." Coming in mid-December is "Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Catechist, Saint," a new biography by Sweeney. Jon has been interviewed on CBS News, WGN-TV, Fox News, and CBS Saturday Morning, and by publications online ranging from CNN to Romper. He is a practicing Catholic who also prays regularly with his wife, a congregational rabbi. Jon loves the church, the synagogue, and other aspects of organized religion. He would never say that he's "spiritual but not religious." He is the father of four and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works in book publishing. After co-founding SkyLight Paths Publishing in the late 1990s, he became editor in chief and publisher at Paraclete Press. He's also worked for Augsburg Fortress, Franciscan Media, and Ave Maria Press. Jon serves on the board of The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. He writes regularly for "America" magazine in the US, and for "The Tablet" in the UK.

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