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.