The USA has been going through some of the most challenging times in its history. The coronavirus has ravaged the country. And civil unrest and an attempted coup in the wake of the Presidential election have left millions of Americans fearful for the country’s future as a leading democracy in the world.
The inauguration of Joe Biden as President has given hope to many, according to Donal Godfrey SJ, an Irish Jesuit living and working as a chaplain in San Fransisco University.
In the interview above with Pat Coyle, he gives his unique take on recent events. He outlines the importance of Joe Biden’s election and speaks about the President’s Catholic faith and his Jesuit friends (also friends of Donal) who have assisted him in the past and during inauguration day. He also mentions President Biden’s association with Jesuit groups such as the Jesuit Refugee Service (whom he did a zoom meeting with a short time ago) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
He also notes that Amanda Gorman, the young black poet who ‘stole the show’ on January 21, 2021, is a member of St Brigid’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles, and how St Brigid of Ireland may well have been one of her role models her growing up.