Joseph Grassi
Joseph A. Grassi Nov. 4, 1922-Dec. 9, 2010 Resident of Pacifica Son of the late Joseph and Marie DiNunzio Grassi, our beloved Joseph passed peacefully while his wife Carolyn was with him and is deeply mourned by her, sons Peter, Eddie & Alisa, grandchildren Madeline & Ethan, sister Emily Walsh, brother Peter Grassi and many relatives and friends. Professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, former Scripture teacher of Maryknoll seminarians, author of over 20 books, founder of Skip-A-Meal program for the hungry, member of Catholic Biblical Society ect., educated at Manhattan College, Maryknoll, the Pontifical Gregorian & Biblical Institutes in Rome, serving the poor in Guatemala for 3 years, a funeral Mass will be Jan. 15 at 1:30 pm in the Mission Church, SCU campus.
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Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 31, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011.
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Dr. Grassi will forever hold a place in my heart. I will never forget his deeply spiritual presence... truly an 'earthen vessel.' One day, as an anxious senior, I met with him to discuss what I was going to do after graduation. I will never forget what he said: "It doesn't matter what you do, its who you are when you do it." Tears come to my eyes as I remember the truth of his words and the way those words have left a lasting impression. How blessed I feel to have had my heart touched by Dr. Grassi.
Anne Dinkelspiel, SCU'78
March 23, 2011
In his Synoptic Gospels course at SCU, Joseph stood out as a great teacher. He would pray for each and every one of us and brought the love of Christ into the classroom. On Dec. 1st, 2010, I dedicated a talk at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto to Joseph, and, following his example, I prayed for all in attendance, and used Joseph's own words from "Broken Bread and Broken Bodies" to inspire those present... "I have become more and more convinced of the incredible power of even one person to effect significant change when life's deepest energies are tapped in service of others." May Joseph's remarkable example continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.
Lea Karen Kivi
January 13, 2011
One day in the Theology of Paul, a course at Santa Clara University, Joe read this passage: "The sun must not go down on your wrath." He paused, then continued: "Paul is saying that the devil works in the darkness. If you have a problem with your brother, resolve it before the night comes." I took the course almost forty years ago, and I still hear Joe's voice. He was wise and kind; and like everyone else who knew him, I miss him. May God bless his family. He certainly blessed us with Joe's presence.
John Porter
January 12, 2011
Joseph was and is an inspiration, a clear and cogent thinker, a man with a big heart and a keen sense of social justice. I consider him as one of my mentors. He is already missed, but his contributions to society and to individuals remain.
Louis Facchino
January 7, 2011
He was a very nice man. He cared about what he taught.
mark freschi
January 3, 2011
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
January 1, 2011