Background and Publications

Anthony R. Lusvardi, S.J.

Priest, teacher, writer


Between Continents
Plough Quarterly, 2022

Hope in the Ruins
Law & Liberty, 2022

Spiritual Communion or Desire for Communion? Sacraments and their Substitutes in the Time of COVID-19
Worship, 2022

Angels in Innsbruck
Dappled Things, 2021

Consider the Hyrax
The Windhover, 2021

We should stop filming the liturgy of the Eucharist
America, 2020

Baptism in Stages: Insights from the Rosebud Indian Reservation
Worship, 2020


Sacred Story Institute, 2020

Dappled Things, 2019
(short story)

A Jesuit’s Lenten pilgrimage through the station churches of Rome, What Lenten pilgrims can learn from the martyrs of Rome, Why I had to climb Rome’s Holy Stairs (on my knees) to believe them, What snowfall in Rome taught me about Lent, During Lent we need both penance and beauty, A church built on ruins, Pilgrimage–like the sacraments–is all about the details, What Rome’s station churches teach us about Easter
America, 2019
(essay series)

Why travel if you aren’t going to get a little lost?
America, 2018

Lessons from John Allen Chau (and Francis Xavier) for Catholic missions today
America, 2018

The Clerk and the Council: Dignitatis Humanae and the Case of Kim Davis
Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Araujo, SJ, 2018

A Presumptuous Age?: The Sin of Presumption in the Summa Theologiae as a Key to Understanding the ‘Age of Entitlement’
The Thomist, 2017

Girard and the ‘Sacrifice of the Mass’: Mimetic Theory and Eucharistic Sacrifice
Contagion: A Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, 2017

Dappled Things, 2017
(short story)

The Dalhousie Review, 2017
(short story)

Nature is Your Church?
Plough Quarterly, 2017

Jeremiah on the Plains
Ruminate, 2016

Auto, Not Shipwreck
North Dakota Quarterly, 2016
(short story)

The Ends of the Earth
Dappled Things, 2015
(short story)

The Law of Conscience: Catholic Teaching on Conscience from Leo XIII to John Paul II
Logos, 2012

The Name
Concho River Review, 2012
(short story)

Reservation Story
Relief, 2012
(short story)

Winner, North Dakota
Dappled Things, 2011
(short story)

The Parable of Thunder the Hamster
Mid-American Review, 2011
(short story)

One Week in Africa
The Long Story, 2010
(short story)

THEMA, 2009
(short story)

Rock & Sling, 2008
(short story)


Born in Sandstone, Minnesota, Fr. Tony grew up in the Twin Cities, where he attended St. Charles Borromeo Church and St. Anthony Village High School. He studied English and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

After college, he taught English in Sarkand, Kazakhstan for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While working at St. John’s University in Minnesota, he heard God’s call to the priesthood and entered the Society of Jesus in 2006.

He completed novitiate formation and took vows in St. Paul, MN and pursued philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Lakota Crucifix, Sioux Spiritual Center, Howes, SD

From 2011-2014, he worked for St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation as the administrator of three parishes and has been returning to South Dakota when time allows ever since.

After his time on Rosebud, he did further theological studies at Boston College, where he was ordained a deacon in 2016, and the following year he was ordained a priest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sant’Ignazio, Rome

At the same time he began advanced studies in sacramental theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome, earning first a Licentiate and then a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. His doctoral dissertation explores the doctrine of baptism of desire.

He currently teaches sacramental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and spends summers doing pastoral work at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, SD.

First Mass, Pentecost 2017


Fr. Tony teaches an introduction to the sacraments of marriage, holy orders, penance, and anointing of the sick, and a course on sacraments and missiology. His book Baptism of Desire and Christian Salvation is forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press.


Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm, Rome: Doctorate of Sacred Theology in Dogmatic-Sacramental Theology (S.T.D.); Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Dogmatic-Sacramental Theology (S.T.L.).

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry: Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.); Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.).

Loyola University Chicago: M.A. in Applied Philosophy.

University of Notre Dame: B.A. in English and Philosophy