Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney is an award-winning author and independent scholar who has been interviewed by the Dallas Morning News and The Irish Catholic, on radio with NPR and the BBC, and on television for “CBS Saturday Morning,” as well as NBC’s “Morning Blend” and “CBS Sunday Morning” — both in Milwaukee. He’s a rare author found in scholarly journals as well as and Catster Magazine.

Jon’s books on Franciscan spirituality have sold a quarter of a million copies. He is also the author of 30 other books on spirituality, mysticism, biography and memoir including “Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart,” coauthored with Mark S. Burrows (Hampton Roads, 2017), “Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life and Practices” (St. Martin’s Essentials and Penguin Random House Audio, 2021); and “Sit in the Sun: And Other Lessons in the Wisdom of Cats” (Broadleaf, 2023). “The Pope Who Quit,” (Doubleday/Image, 2014) has sold 50,000+ copies and was optioned by HBO.

Today Jon is religion editor at Monkfish Book Publishing, editor of Living City magazine, and book review editor at He speaks at literary and religious conferences, in churches and synagogues and independent bookstores. Jon is a Catholic married to a rabbi, and their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media. He lives on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Resources by Jon M. Sweeney

Read an excerpt from Jon M. Sweeney’s new book, “My Life in Seventeen Books: A Literary Memoir.”

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