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Max Oliva is a Jesuit priest who lives in Spokane, Washington. He lived in Las Vegas from 2011 to 2016 and still continues to minister there, though on a part-time basis.

Father Max has been engaged in retreat ministry since 1980. He has presented and facilitated retreats throughout the United States, in Canada, Ireland and Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Trinidad. In addition, he has ministered among African-American people in San Francisco/Oakland, with Mexican families in Tijuana, Mexico, and on a Blackfoot Reservation in Southern Alberta, Canada.On May 1st, 2002, while living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he began a ministry to men and women in the business world; a ministry he continues in the United States and in Canada. This work encompasses five main areas:

  • Commuter Retreat – a six-day, individually directed retreat for Christians of all denominations which a person makes while continuing to go to work
  • Seminars on ethics
  • The facilitation of faith sharing groups for professional men and women
  • Weekend retreats on spirituality in the work place
  • An on-line, monthly, newsletter called, “Spirituality and Ethics” (Available on the web at
  • “Beatitudes for the Workplace,” a book which was published May 2009 by Novalis (Toronto) which is distributed in the U.S. by 23rd Publications (800-321-0411)

Father Max was a Visiting Scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, October, 2008 to April, 2009. He is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University (Denver, Colorado) and he taught ethical decision making in business in the school of management at their campus at Henderson, Nevada.

Father is the author of seven books on the spiritual journey and has written articles on this theme as well.

Fr. Max Oliva, SJ, can be contacted at:
Jesuit Community
502 E. Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258

Cell: 702-277-4517

Books by Fr. Max Oliva, SJ

“God of Many Loves” has been reprinted and is Available from Wipf and Stock Publishers, of Eugene, Oregon.

Becoming a Person of Mercy,” (Twenty-Third Publications, 2016) Available also from Novalis, Toronto.

The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life,” (Novalis, Toronto, 2015) Available also from Twenty-Third Publications.

Beatitudes for the Workplace,” (Novalis, Toronto, 2009) Available also from Twenty-Third Publications.

God of Many Loves,” (Ave Maria Press, 2001) Also in Chinese and Polish and published in India.

The Masculine Spirit: Resources for Reflective Living,” (Ave Maria Press, 1997). This book won third place in 1997 from the Catholic Press Association.

Free to Pray, Free to Love: Growing in Prayer and Compassion,” (Ave Maria Press, 1994; now out of print); also in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The book was book of the month for Spiritual Book Associates.

Praying the Beatitudes,” (Veritas Publications: Dublin, Ireland, 1990).

International Publishers

Kuangchi Cultural Group
Taipei, Taiwan

St. Paul’s
23rd Road, TPS III, Bandra
Mumbai 400 050

Wydawnictwo WAM
Ul. Kopernika 26 – 31-50
Krakow, Poland

Narcea, S.A. De Ediciones
Dr. Federico Rubio y Gali, 9
Madrid 28039, Spain

Edicoes Loyola
Sao Paulo, Brazil


An essay by Fr. Oliva was included in the book, “Spiritual Journeys,” edited by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, RSC (Veritas Publications, 1997). The essay is titled, Conversion To Compassion.

Fr. Oliva wrote a monthly column for Business Press, a magazine published by the Las Vegas Review Journal from 2009-2013.

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