Father Dominic Grassi
is a natural-born storyteller.Encouraged by his
parishioners to write down his
wrote Bumping into God: 35 Stories of Finding Grace in Unexpected Places, published in 1999.
...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.
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.
...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.