Theologian Dr. John Martens Appointed Columnist for America Magazine St. Thomas Newsroom March 14, 2013 Dr. John Martens, a member of the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas as well as the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, recently was appointed columnist of The Word for America magazine. America is a national Catholic weekly magazine that has been in continuous publication since 1909. It has a circulation of more than 36,000 and is distributed internationally. America can be read online here. Dr. John Martens Columnists for The Word examine Sunday Scripture readings throughout the liturgical year. The Word is a forum in which biblical scholars provide readers with practical, biblical interpretation. “It is essential to have solid Catholic scriptural interpretation in print and online,” Martens said. “This is a good way to open up the Scriptures for people from all points of view. Perhaps they can relate and have an encounter with God.” Martens is an associate professor in the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas, as well as the director of the Masters of Arts in Theology Program at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. According to its mission statement, America magazine is a forum for discussion of religion, society, politics and culture from a Catholic perspective. Directed by Jesuits and lay colleagues, America is a resource for spiritual renewal and social analysis. Martens’ weekly column for The Word can be found on the America website.