Dr. Aileen A. O'Donoghue
Catholic Priest and Astronomer
I am an astronomer and came back to the Catholic church as a graduate student (I had grown up Catholic). I came back because I could not shake my sense of and longing for God, but the God I believe in is very different from the God of my childhood because of the vastness and the weirdness of the universe I discovered in my physics & astronomy studies. In 2001-2002 I spent a sabbatical year working with the Vatican Observatory astronomers (all Jesuit priests and top-notch astronomers) so I am not the only person who is able to reconcile God and science. But it has been a long journey reconciling my science and my faith and I just published a book about it: “The Sky is not a Ceiling: An Astronomer’s Faith.”
An award-winning astronomer and the Priest Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.