Professor of English
Fr. Grasso, professor of English at King's College, has been a member of the faculty there since 1985, and served as the College’s Religious Superior of the Holy Cross Community from 2000-2006.
Fr. Grasso began his undergraduate studies at Stonehill College as a candidate for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in English in 1973. After spending a year teaching high school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Fr. Grasso returned to Notre Dame and was awarded a master’s degree in theology (M.Th.) in 1977. He was ordained to the priesthood the following year.
In the 1980s, Fr. Grasso pursued further graduate studies in English at the University of Toronto where he received a master’s degree (M.A.) in Victorian Studies in1980 and then his doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in British Literature in 1985.
Fr. Grasso’s area of specialization is 19th Century British literature; his other academic interests include the Renaissance Period, urban literature, poetry writing and genre, composition, and world literature. He has presented papers at conferences in Victorian Literature, as well as meetings devoted to Christian themes in literary works, and has published several papers and poems. Recently, he held the Manus Cooney Distinguished Service Professor of Humanities Award at King’s College from 2008-2013.
Fr. Grasso has served as Director of the Honors Program and chair of the English Department. Outside of the College, he serves as national chaplain of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Honor Society for Catholic Colleges and Universities, and as a member of the Northeast Regional Executive Committee of the Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Having completed four years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Fr. Grasso returned to teaching in January 2012. He currently serves on the Academic and Professional Affairs Committee at King’s, and as moderator of the campus chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma. He was selected to receive the Rosenn Award for Faculty Excellence in May, 2014.