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 English 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 and returned to high school teaching at St. Mark’s in Wilmington, DE.
In 1979 Fr. Grasso began graduate studies in English at the University of Toronto where he received an interdisciplinary master’s degree (M.A.) in Victorian Studies (19th Century British History & Literature) in1980 followed by a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in British Literature in 1985.
Fr. Grasso’s area of specialization is 19th Century British literature, especially poetry; 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 also 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. Fr. Tony also enjoys helping out at area parishes whenever he can.
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 the College, and as moderator of the campus chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, and periodically serves as a mentor for New Faculty at King’s. Fr. Tony has also contributed poems to the LCTA’s (Luzerne County Regional Transit) “Poetry in Transit” series, which hosts the writing of local authors on the busses in place of advertising. In May, 2014, he was selected to receive the Max & Tillie Rosenn Award for Faculty Excellence.