Director of Vatican Observatory Visits RHS

Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, spoke to Rockhurst High School students, faculty and staff in an all-school assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Br. Consolmagno was a post-doctorate lecturer at Harvard College Observatory and M.I.T. before serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya.  He entered the Jesuit order in 1989 when he was in his late 30s.

Br. Consolmagno is a planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids as an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory since 1993.  Last September, Pope Francis named him the Director of the Vatican Observatory, and with it came the nickname "The Pope's Astronomer". 

Br. Consolmagno explained to the Rockhurst students that it took his decades to figure out what God's plan is for him.  He encouraged them to not be afraid to dream - and to do what you really want to be doing, not what you think you're supposed to be doing.

"It was truly a blessing for our students to have the opportunity to hear Brother Consolmagno speak," said Mr. Paul Winkeler, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Director.  "While his work in Planetary Science is vast and ground breaking, students also learned about his faith journey and how God invites us to encounter Him through the heavens."  

Clips of Br. Consolmagno's talk, including an introduction from Mr. Winkeler, can be viewed below. 

Mr. Winkeler introduces Br. Consolmagno

Video about the Vatican Observatory Foundation

Br. Consolmagno talk  

Br. Consolmagno talk (cont.)

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