Father Fessio, born January 10, 1941 attended high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA from 1954 to 1958. Before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1961, he completed undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Santa Clara, California. He entered the novitiate on September 7, 1961. Before his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest, he earned a B.A (in 1966) and an M.A. (in 1967) in Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on June 10, 1972. By that time, he had also earned an M.A in Theology from his studies in Lyons, France. In 1975, he earned his doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, West Germany. His thesis director was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI. Less well known perhaps is that Fr. Fessio is a founder.

1968 – Co-founder Director of Project 50

1976 – Founded the St. Ignatius Institute, University of San Francisco, CA

1978 – Founder and Editor, Ignatius Press

1995 – Co-Founder, Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy

1998 – Founded the Catholic Radio Network

2002 – Founded Campion College of San Francisco

2002 – Founding Chancellor of Ave Maria College and Ave Maria University

2010 – Founding Chancellor of UOWC Network of Cooperating Colleges

Fr. Fessio is a Catholic evangelizer. As such he became an educator and a publisher.

1966 – 1967 Taught Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

1967 – 1969 Taught Philosophy at University of Santa Clara, California.

1974 – Taught Systematic and Spiritual Theology, University of San Francisco

1979 – Director, Religious Books on Tape, Audio Division of Ignatius Press

1988 – 1991 Editor, 30 Days, In the Church and the World

1991 – Publisher, The Catholic World Report

1995 – Publisher, Catholic Dossier, Catholic Faith, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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