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John A. S. A. Hardon, S.J. (June 18, 1914December 30, 2000) was a Catholic priest, writer, and theologian. He is the founder of The Holy Trinity Apostolate.

Early life

Hardon was born into a devout Catholic family in Midlandmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, and raised in Clevelandmarker, Ohiomarker. He obtained his bachelor's degree at John Carroll Universitymarker before entering the Society of Jesus in 1936. He obtained a master's degree in philosophy at Loyola University Chicagomarker, studied theology at West Baden College in West Baden, Indianamarker, and was ordained a priest on June 18, 1947 on his 33rd birthday. He received his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian Universitymarker in Romemarker.


Father Hardon was a very prominent member of the Jesuit community, which is known for its academic rigor, and wrote dozens of books on religion and theology, including: The Catholic Catechism (1975), a defining volume of Catholic orthodoxy; and the Modern Catholic Dictionary(1980), the first major Catholic reference dictionary published after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Hardon was also a major contributor to Catholic newspapers and magazines and was executive editor of The Catholic Faith magazine. Hardon had a close working relationship with Pope Paul VI, engaging in several initiatives at the Pope's request, including his authoring of The Catholic Catechism.

Father Hardon's Catholic Catechism was a significant post–Vatican II work in the sense that it essentially brought modern Catholic teaching and faith into one book, unlike any other before, and was a precursor to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the official codified teaching of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1992. Hardon served as a consultant for the drafting of that document.

Possible beatification

Father Hardon died in Clarkston, Michiganmarker, on December 30, 2000, after suffering from several illnesses. Having been known throughout his life as a holy man, there is interest among some Catholics for his beatification and a Church-sanctioned prayer for that cause has been written. According to Church law, Father Hardon could have his cause for beatification opened by the Church as early as December 30, 2005. If that happens it would place him on the path towards possible sainthood. An effort is underway to establish a Father Hardon library and study center at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsinmarker.


Specific references
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  2., From Hollywood to an Abbey: A life in full
  3. Dictionary of Terms - A

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External links


  • A Prophet for the Priesthood
  • The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan
  • All My Liberty
  • Modern Catholic Dictionary
  • Catholic Prayer book
  • Marian Catechist Manual
  • Theology of Prayer
  • Spiritual Life in the Modern World
  • Salvation and Sanctification
  • Holiness in the Church
  • The Faith
  • With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
  • The History of Eucharistic Adoration
  • History and Theology of Grace: The Catholic Teaching on Divine Grace
  • The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism, Doubleday, 1981. ISBN 978-0385-13664-8
  • The Catholic Catechism: A Contemporary Catechism of the Teachings of the Catholic Church, Doubleday, 1975. ISBN 978-0385-50819-3
  • Retreat with the Lord: A Popular Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
  • The Pocket Catechism, Doubleday, 1989. ISBN 978-0385-24293-6
  • The Pocket Catholic Dictionary: Abridged Edition of a Modern Catholic Dictionary, Doubleday, 1985. ISBN 978-0385-23238-8


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