Jon M. Sweeney is an award-winning author, critic, and long-time book publisher. Jon’s been interviewed in print by publications from the Dallas Morning News to The Los Angeles Times and The Irish Catholic, and for television on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and public television’s Chicago Tonight. His 2012 history, The Pope Who Quit, was optioned by HBO. He’s the author of more than thirty books including The Complete Francis of Assisi (starred review, Library Journal); The Pope’s Cat fiction series for children; Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets both with Mark S. Burrows; St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practice, with a foreword by Richard Rohr; and in January 2020, a biography, James Martin, SJ: In the Company of Jesus.
Jon speaks regularly at literary and religious conferences, retreat and conference centers, and churches. He is a Catholic, married to a rabbi; their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media.He also writes regularly for America magazine in the US, and The Tablet in the UK. He is active on social media (Twitter @jonmsweeney; Facebook jonmsweeney). He’s the publisher at Paraclete Press in Massachusetts. Previously, he was the co-founder of SkyLight Paths Publishing, a press focusing on books from many faith traditions, and also worked for Jewish Lights Publishing, Franciscan Media, and Ave Maria Press. Jon lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters, and also has two grown children.