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An Interview with Fr. Hardon - Anita C. Crane
John A. Hardon, S.J., has fought the good fight for some time. He has published more than twenty — five books (some translated into Japanese, German, and Spanish), written innumerable articles, founded several Catholic organizations, and contributed to six encyclopedias. Recently, he spoke at the Call to Holiness Conference in Michigan. He has been a leader in Catholic media, and a shining light for faithful Catholics in the U.S. and around the world — all of this with great humility and generosity of spirit. In this interview with CRISIS, Fr. Hardon speaks on Catholics in the media, millennial suffering, his spiritual regimen, and the Catholic call to live, faithfully and courageously, the gospel.
Biographical Sketch
Father Hardon has been a priest for over 52 years, a member of the Society of Jesus for over 62 years…. From Who's Who in America.
Fr. Hardon - His Impact (Credo)
The experience of the Eviches illustrates, probably as well as any other, the dramatic — and largely untold — story of Fr. Hardon. The 85-year-old theologian and literary giant is most known for his prodigious output of 40 books, including his major opus, the 1975 Catholic Catechism: A Contemporary Catechism of the Teachings of the Catholic Church, published by Doubleday. That 623-page book is in its 26th printing by Doubleday and is still selling strongly at more than one million copies.
Reflections on the Impact of Fr. Hardon (Credo)
Credo asked some who have known Fr. John Hardon to tell us about the impact the Jesuit had in their lives. "He was a man of holiness" From Dominic Aquila, Provost Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti This summer when I came to the position of provost here at Ave Maria College, Ave Maria Press had just received the publishing rights to Fr. Hardon's manuscripts. I met with him so that he might speak about his vision for carrying on his work. I had met him only once before, at a conference, but had been following his work for many years and even reviewed his book A Treasury of Catholic Wisdom.
Old Style Jesuit - Profile of Fr. Hardon
It was in the eighth grade at St. Michael's School in Cleveland, recalls Fr. John Hardon, that he first learned that St. Peter Canisius had published a catechism. Then and there, the future Jesuit vowed to himself, "One day I'm going to publish a catechism." He got it wrong - he's published half a dozen. Among them: The Catholic Catechism (1975), The Question and Answer Catechism (1981), and The Catholic Catechist's Course (1989), the latter two specially prepared for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. In fact, in the years since Fr. Hardon was asked to oversee the catechetical formation and evangelizing work of Mother Teresa's nuns, he has spent months each year giving courses in their houses around the world.
Promotion of Eucharistic Adoration
Closest to Father Hardon's heart was his promotion of Eucharistic Adoration and his deep devotion to the Mother of God.
1936 - Sixty Years in the Society
My years in the Society have been the happiest I can imagine as I have tried to do God's will according to the spirit of Ignatius. He has more than repaid me for my poor efforts. Over the years, giving the Spiritual Exercises, I never tired of telling people that God wants us to be happy in eternity and on this side of heaven. The price is the acceptance of God's will in our lives.
Father John A. Hardon, S.J., Spiritual Director for Mother Teresa - Missionaries of Charity
Some twenty years ago, our Holy Father John Paul II asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta to train her Sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, to be catechists. At the same time, the Holy See asked Father John Hardon, S.J., to organize the catechetical training program for the Missionaries of Charity.
Jesus is the Source of Our Hope and Our Life (Credo)
Think of all that, with God's help, we have been able to achieve, and beneath the achievement, all we have been able to be. We are alive and we trust, in the friendship of God. "We trust" is more important than it appears on the surface. Without trust, there can be no hope. We hope to obtain things, yes, but only because we trust Someone to give us those things. And those who have hope and trust also have the byproduct of confidence.
St. John Cantius Bulletin
Father Hardon was a man of deep faith, tremendous learning, and great charity. He made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of literally thousands; on the lives of Cardinals, Bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, consecrated men and women, and on laity from all walks of life - on Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Mohammedans - on atheists and agnostics.
Father John A. Hardon, S.J. This Man of Our Times (St. John Cantius)
Father John A. Hardon S.J. died at the very end of the 20th Century, December 30, 2000. He was born in 1914, the same year that World War I began. He was ordained in 1947, just after the end of World War II. During his career as a Jesuit, he wrote over 40 books, led hundreds of retreats, founded several organizations and gave a huge number of lectures around the world.
True Jesuit Remembered (Credo)
DETROIT - They came by the thousands to say goodbye, to bid their final, usually tearful, farewell to Fr. John Hardon, the Jesuit priest, theologian, author and, for many, the closest thing they had known to a "living saint." Young and old they came, for the last few months, from all over the United States, from Rome, from too many countries to count. Rich, poor, scholars and professors, as well as some barely educated, marginally employed and unemployed. Most were Catholics, many converts to the Faith. There were countless priests and nuns.
Fr. Hardon's Letters
The longer you live the more important it is to be in contact with God through prayer. The prayers we offer for others are more powerful than any exchange of correspondence. With most of my correspondents this is what I have learned, prayer is the best way I can express both my affection and my readiness to be of service.
Easter and the Holy Eucharist - Fr. Hardon' s Letter
Except for Easter Sunday, we would not have the Holy Eucharist today. Why not? Because the Holy Eucharist is the Risen savior who is now on earth in the Real Presence. He is now offering Himself daily in the Sacrifice of the Mass. And He is now giving Himself to us in Holy Communion.
Christmas, 1998 - Fr. Hardon's Letter
Everything in our lives depends on our faith in God becoming man. When His mother told the angel, "Be it done to me according to your word," the infant creator of heaven and earth became man. No human language can explain how important was this event. When God became man, the infinite creator became a finite creature without ceasing to be God.
Feast of the Epiphany, 1998 - Fr. Hardon's Letter
As we begin the New Year, we are all hoping that God will continue showering us with His blessings and providing us with the graces we need to do His will. We casually wish people a Happy New Year. But we know from experience that we can only be as happy as we surrender our wills to the mysterious will of God. By now we know that this Divine will can be very demanding. Faith tells us that the more our Lord asks of us, the more strength He gives us to respond faithfully to His loving demands.
Fr. Hardon's Trip to India
My three weeks in Calcutta this January were the experience of a lifetime. They were the answer to years of prayer, since my first inspiration to enter the Society of Jesus was St. Francis Xavier. In his ten years in India, he converted and personally baptized over 100,000 natives. My hope was to follow in his footsteps.
The Marian Catechists
Father John A. Hardon, S.J. was one of the three greatest teachers of the Catholic faith during the twentieth century. The other two were Pope John Paul II and Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Father Hardon was also my mentor in the Catholic faith, as he was to many thousands.
Fr. Hardon, A "One Man Army of God" - Paul Likoudis
Detroit — Jesuit Fr. John Hardon, this country's foremost theologian and catechist, died December 30 at the Colombiere Retreat House in suburban Detroit. He was 86. "He was a one-man army of God," said Wanderer publisher Al Matt, Jr., on hearing the news of the theologian's death after a long illness. "He was a model priest and his parish was the world."
Reflections on Father Hardon
Father Hardon was a determined, strong-willed man who loved the Church and the sacraments. What an example he has set for us on the importance of Confession, on the determination we, too, should have to have our Confessions heard regularly.

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