Fr. Fessio Fired from Ave Maria University

by Steve Ray on July 21, 2009

Ave Maria University fires prominent Jesuit

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, the prominent Jesuit scholar who founded Ignatius Press, has been dismissed from his post as theology professor and chaplain at Ave Maria University. The firing apparently came in response to Father Fessio’s private expressions of concern about recent administrative decisions on the Florida campus. This is the second major breach in relations between Father Fessio– who was instrumental in recruiting supporters for the newly founded Catholic school– and the administration headed by billionaire pizza magnate Tom Monaghan. In March 2007, Father Fessio was ousted from his position as provost of the university, and only retained in a lesser role after strong protests from the student body.

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Barbara July 22, 2009 at 8:53 AM

I like Fr. Fessio, and I can’t help but think that the Lord has something better in mind for him. Still, it’s sad that this had to happen.

Although, I don’t know that I would ever fire someone who is a former student of the Pope, and gets invited to Castel Gandalfo every year as part of the Pope’s Sch├╝lerkreis. Talk about possibly kicking against the goad!

Tim July 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM

It’s called the Domino effect.

Get it? ;)

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