Professor of English
Fr. Grasso is a professor of English at King's College. He has been a member of the faculty at King’s 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 first he received a master’s degree (M.A.) in 1980 and then his doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in that discipline in 1985.
Fr. Grasso's area of specialization is 19th Century British literature, and 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 was named the Manus Cooney Distinguished Service Professor of Humanities at King's College.
Fr. Grasso also serves as national chaplain of the Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society and as a member of the Northeast Regional board 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 has stepped down to return to teaching. After a Fall 2011 sabbatical, he will be full-time in the classroom in January 2012.