Father Christopher Viscardi, SJ, has been a thoughtful and scholarly voice on theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, since 1979. The Austin, Texas, native was appointed chair of Spring Hill’s Theology Department and of the Philosophy & Theology Division in 1986 and is currently working on a history of the Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity of Spring Hill College based on his sabbatical research in the Jesuit archives in Rome, Paris, New Orleans and Spring Hill College.
Father Viscardi entered the Jesuits in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, in 1967 and made first vows two years later. He was ordained a priest July 11, 1976.
He taught for two years at Jesuit High School, New Orleans, 1971-73. From 1988 to 1994, he spent summers in Rome, as part of the editorial team working on the Encyclopedia Dictionary of Jesuit History. He has also served as vicar for Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Mobile.
Father Viscardi earned his B.A. in humanities from the University of Texas, Austin, an M.A. in theology from Saint Louis University, and a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in the area of spirituality. His particular areas of interest are the history of spirituality and American religions.
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