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Rev. Dominic J. Grassi

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Pastor

Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
St. Gertrude Parish
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Master's Degree Cum Laude
    St. Mary
  • Bachelor's Degree , literature
    Niles College of Loyola University
  • Education and Guidance and Counseling
    Loyola University
84 Total References
Web References
Staff | St. Gertrude Catholic Parish
www.stgertrudechicago.org, 24 Dec 2013 [cached]
Rev. Dominic Grassi, Pastor
The Archdiocese of Chicago
www.archdioceseofchicago.org, 10 April 2012 [cached]
CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2012) -The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools has announced that Rev. Dominic J. Grassi of St. Gertrude Parish and Northside Catholic Academy in Chicago will receive the 2012 Distinguished Pastors Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. The award will be given at the Association's annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Fr. Grassi is the fifth consecutive pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago to receive this distinction.
Fr. Grassi has been the pastor of St. Gertrude Parish and President of Northside Catholic Academy (NCA) for over six years. During this time, he has made a tremendous impact on the school, which has now grown its enrollment, cleared its debt and established an endowment to ensure its viability for years to come.
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Fr. Grassi's writing and story-telling talents are a blessing to the students of NCA. Rose Cancilla, parent of 5th and 8th grade boys, says "What I love most about Fr. Grassi, are his homilies at the Children's Mass.
Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary
www.quigley.org, 16 July 2012 [cached]
Rev. Dominic Grassi
Grassi
www.quigley.org, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
Reverend Dominic J. Grassi Quigley North 1965
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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. He 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. He 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. Fr. Grassi 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. He 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.
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Fr. Grassi 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 published his 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). In his spare time he enjoys reading and writing on a variety of topics and cooking.
Welcome to Loyola Press
www.loyolabooks.org, 15 Feb 2004 [cached]
Father Dominic Grassi is a natural-born storyteller.Encouraged by his parishioners to write down his stories, he wrote Bumping into God: 35 Stories of Finding Grace in Unexpected Places, published in 1999.
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Father Grassi has been a Chicago priest for more than 25 years.He's currently pastor of a church in the same North Side neighborhood he roamed as a child in the fifties.He's spent a lifetime observing people and is a firm believer in the art of storytelling.Says Father Grassi, "Hearing other people's stories gets us in touch with our own stories.And getting in touch with our own stories helps us in understanding the Gospel."He also believes that people can affect real change.
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You'll encounter a much younger Dominic Grassi in many stories.His irresponsible act as a 12-year-old helps him discover his brothers' love; he experiences divine intervention on a math test; he comes to realize that a mother's love transcends time and carries on into eternity; and his Nona teaches him how an old tradition, the pilgrimage, is good for one's soul.
Other stories show Father Grassi observing the ultimate July 4th celebration from the air, discovering that he was not someone's last hope, giving a dinner party to which no one came, and understanding at last the true meaning behind his father's words: "No matter how you slice the baloney, it is still baloney.
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Dominic J. Grassi was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in May of 1973.He received his bachelor's degree in literature from Loyola University and his master's degree cum laude from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and has done further graduate work in education, guidance, and counseling.He is currently pastor of St. Josaphat Parish on the North Side of Chicago, where for the past thirteen years he has been making its motto "A church to come home to."During his career, he has served as an educator, counselor, athletic coach, retreat and vocation director, inspirational speaker, editor, and writer.His work as pastor has been written about in an article in "The Call To Action Newsletter," and he has been featured in Tim Unsworth's book The Last Priests in America.He's written for Markings, Critic Magazine, and U.S. Catholic.In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and cooking.
Also available BUMPING INTO GOD: 35 Stories of Finding Grace in Unexpected Places
For an interview with Dominic Grassi, call Judy Krug at (773) 545-0699.
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