Fr. Rodney Kissinger was born in New Orleans on June 14, 1915. He has been a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 56 years. He considers himself neither "old breed" nor "new breed," but as he says "just a half breed." Having studied both the old theology and the new theology, he is convinced that the continuity between them is so great that you cannot understand the new until you have mastered the old. He has served as Director of Montserrat Retreat House in Dallas, Retreat Master at Manresa Retreat House, Immaculata Retreat House and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, Pastor of St. John's Church in Shreveport, Associate Pastor of St. Rita's Church in Dallas, Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, and taught in Jesuit High School in Dallas and Tampa.

Fr. Kissinger has written extensively on the spiritual life including: God the Incomprehensible Obvious, The Wonderful World of Reality, The Dignity and Responsibility of Being Human, The Liturgy of the Heart, The Journey of Faith, The Church Changing and Changeless and Sunday Mass, the Heart of Catholicism. All of these can be seen on the Booklets Menu on his website: He also maintains a blog at

Presently Fr. Kissinger is "semi-retired" living at Ignatius Residence in New Orleans. He considers himself a witness to the fidelity of the love of God. When God calls someone He reveals very little. There is just the basic call: "Come follow me." It is just an invitation to start out on a journey of faith into the unknown. There is no script, no map, no job description and no blue print. He does not promise a rose garden. He promises only that whatever the garden, be it the Garden of Eden or the Garden of Gethsemane He will be there. He will be faithful in spite of all of our infidelities. "I am a witness to the fact that God has been faithful to me beyond my wildest expectations. And I try to express my gratitude by being happy – happy to be me, because me is 'We' and 'We' is mostly 'Thee.' "