In this emotional interview (from the Formed Book Club podcast), Father Fessio tells the story of his long-time mentor, Cardinal Henri de Lubac, S.J., whom John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis have all cited as a major influence. De Lubac’s cause for canonization is currently being opened by the bishops of France.

Click here for five minutes (or less) of assorted wisdom from Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder of Ignatius Press in San Francisco.

Father Fessio studied with Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Henri de Lubac before returning to California where he began publishing these theologians and others – including Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Sarah, novelist Michael O’Brien.

Church liberal and popular writer Andrew Greeley, S.J. called Fessio “the most powerful man in the American Church.”

My years with Cardinal Henri de Lubac

UPDATE – look for the hour-long interview of Father Fessio with Bishop Barron on Fessio’s time with de Lubac, Balthasar, Ratzinger. Released on Bishop Barron Presents yesterday.