Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meeting Fr. Fessio

Last night I had the privilege of going to a lecture by Fr. Joseph Fessio held in Newman's Bookstore, in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Fr. Fessio's lecture was over the recent accusations against the Pope, along with an overview of his relationship with the Pope, and the Pope's book, "The Spirit of the Liturgy." He discussed aspects of the book such as: the need for the "reform of the reform," Ad Orientem worship, translations, and other various topics.

"The Spirit of the Liturgy" is an amazing book; one of the best books ever produced in dealing with the importance and the different aspects of the Mass. If you do not own a copy, I strongly urge you to obtain one. I have already read this book twice and will still refer back to it in my studies and writings.

For those of you who do not know of him, Fr. Fessio grew up in California and entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1961. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University, along with a M.A. in Theology (which he received in his studies in France). He was ordained on June 10, 1972.

In 1975 he earned his doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, West Germany. His thesis director was Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI (with whom he has remained close friends with).

Fr. Fessio has taught at many different colleges and also had his share in founding many colleges and other programs. One of his biggest accomplishments was made in 1978 when he founded Ignatius Press. Ignatius press is one of the world's largest publishers of catholic books and articles.

Fr. Fessio is a very outspoken, and intelligent priest who holds the Mass very dear to his heart as his mentor and friend, Cardinal Ratzinger, has.


Roseanne Sullivan said...

I love this blog, I just chanced upon it. Your knowledge and grasp of the beauties of our faith are quite prodigious for a high school student. God bless you in your discernment.

I agree about The Spirit of the Liturgy! It is invaluable for anyone interested in the difference between liturgy that is rooted in Catholic tradition and liturgy that is a deviation. A little funny story about the book: I had a chant scholar friend visit me last year, and she came out of my bathroom and said, "Pope Benedict would be glad to know his book on the liturgy is bathroom reading at your house!"

Anonymous said...

I doubt you remember me, but I am Fr. Stanley's cousin. I met you at Fr. Stanley's last mass, Corpus Christi. I went to Mass at St. Mary's in Kalamazoo today, I could have sworn you were serving! Was that you? Do you come to Kazoo to serve? If you do that is awesome, if you don't, you have a twin

Catholic Teen said...

Yes! I was at St. Mary's in Kalamazoo for Corpus Christi! That is the parish we now attend, and I serve the High Latin Mass every weekend there for Fr. Sirico, and Fr. Grondz.

How incredible we meet again, exactly one year aftr Fr. Stanely'a last Mass (on Corpus Christi)!

God is so good.

I hope all is going well with you!

Sorry I haven't writen on here in several months, I've just had a lot going on right now, and haven't found time. I hope to find more sometime soon!

John said...

I really like your blog.