Book Launch of Pilgrimage by Mark Shriver with Fr. James Martin

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Loreto Theater

Launch of the book Pilgrimage by Mark Shriver, hosted by Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Followed by a Q&A and a book signing

PILGRIMAGE by Mark Shriver

Early in the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and did something remarkable: Before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark Shriver—along with the rest of the world—was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limos, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse, rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis’s personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style, and explaining how it revitalized Shriver’s own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio’s native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reforming bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life. And he takes us inside the humble parish where the future pontiff’s pastoral career began: a church created from a converted vegetable shed deep in the villas miserias—or misery slums—of Buenos Aires. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ’s call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.

In this deeply reported yet highly personal book, Mark Shriver explores how that commitment has struck a chord in the hearts of millions who long to make faith, hope, love, and mercy a part of their lives as they go out into the world to serve and learn from the most marginalized.


About the Author

Mark K. Shriver Senior Vice President Save The Children Washington, DC Contact Betsy Zorio email:

Mark K. Shriver


Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C., and a former Maryland state legislator. Shriver also created the Choice Program. His New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt and received a 2013 Christopher Award. Shriver lives with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.



Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Fr. James Martin, S.J.


About James Martin, SJ

James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest; editor at large of America, the national Catholic magazine; and a New York Times bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints.  Father Martin is a frequent commentator on religion and spirituality and has appeared on all the major radio and television networks and has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and many other media outlets.