Reverend Dominic J. Grassi
Quigley North 1965
Rev. Dominic Grassi
was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago
in May of 1973.
He was awarded his Bachelor's Degree in literature from Niles College of Loyola University and his Master's Degree Cum Laude from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.
has pursued further graduate work at Loyola University
in Education and Guidance and Counseling.
Prior to his ordination he was on the faculty of Carmel High School for girls.
Both before and after his ordination he served as an associate chaplain at the Arthur J. Audy Home Detention Center for Youth.
His past assignments include being associate pastor at St. John De La Salle Parish and for 13 years on the faculty of Quigley Seminary South High School where he taught religion, speech, and media studies.
At Quigley, he was a guidance counselor; developed several religion programs, retreat formats; and coached soccer.
was instrumental in developing a four-year vocation development program, which he
presented in a formal two-hour report at the National Catholic Education Association
convention (Anaheim, CA).
While at Quigley, he was chairperson of the Religious Education Department and later held an administrative position as Dean of Vocation Development.
He is a member of Archbishop Quigley's Board of Advisors, and co-chaired one of Quigley's Benefit Dinners.
served on evaluation teams for the North Central Evaluation Program of Secondary Schools and has taught in both the Deacon Training Program and the Lay Ministry Training Program of the Archdiocese of Chicago
continues to give retreats, missions, days of recollection and talks at many parishes and to many groups in the Archdiocese of Chicago
and throughout the United States.
For eight years he
presented a series of lectures as part of the Theology on Tap program for young adults.
He has been the associate editor of " Upturn," the journal of the Association of Chicago Priests, a group of 450 priests of which he is past chairperson.
writes monthly for Prepare the Word
, a homily subscription service for priests and has written articles for many publications including Critic magazine
and U.S. Catholic
In 1991, he
published the much acclaimed book, Do You Love Me? that explores ministry in the Catholic church and in 1999 published Bumping Into God: 35 Stories of Finding God In Unexpected Places .One reviewer called him "a cross between Jerry Garcia and Phil Jackson.
A sequel, Bumping Into God, Again:35 More Stories of Finding God in Unexpected Places , was published in March 2001.Loyola Press
latest book in September 2003, Still Called By Name - Why I Love Being A Priest .
Fr. Grassi's greatest love remains being pastor of St. Josaphat Parish on the north side of Chicago where he has served for the past sixteen years.
The parish's motto: "A Church to Come Home To," has become a reality for thousands of parishioners.
He is a member of Lincoln Park Neighbors for Peace and a founding member of United Power for Action and Justice (the largest network of community organizing in the Chicagoland area).
spare time he
enjoys reading and writing on a variety of topics and cooking.