Father Charlie Gordon, C.S.C.
Professor of Theology
Cheerful Brilliant Raconteur
South Side of Chicago boy, one of eight kids, his dad working in the stockyards, before
the family sailed off to rural Massachusetts.
Earned his history degree at a small Holy
Cross university in Indiana and got a job and
one Saturday afternoon in 1980 he's sprawled
on a couch in Pennsylvania listening to
Notre Dame football on the radio and he
swears to God that if Harry Oliver's kick
beats Michigan he will be a priest, and it's
good!, and "a second later I realized that
being a priest was exactly what I wanted
to do," he says, so off I went. Ordained in
1987, taught theology in Kenya, earned
a doctorate at Cambridge University, and
eventually I found my way here, where
I teach theology and Catholic literature.
I love to explore art and literature that tries
to break open the world, tries to catch the
transcendent gift in and under everything,
you know? All my life I've had the feeling
that if we could break the code, if we could
see and hear more sharply, we could see
angels, we could hear God directly, but words are the best we can do. They're so often weak,
but when shaped into great art they point to
the wonder. In a sense I rue that art fails at
capturing the transcendent, but I love that it
tries so hard, so beautifully...