From Old English to O’Hare: The busy ministry of Fr. Martin Chase

Given that Fordham professor Martin Chase, S.J., focuses on medieval studies in his scholarly work, it is fitting that he came to the Bronx by way of Denmark.

Though American-born, Fr. Chase was teaching at a Jesuit secondary school in the northern European country when the religious order shut down the school in 1999. He wanted to return to America, and had a strong interest in teaching at Fordham.

“I needed to come home,” Fr. Chase said. “And I had several friends at Fordham because of its strong medieval studies program.”

Old English Text from Beowulf


Old English Text from Beowulf

Fr. Chase soon joined their ranks as an associate professor in the English department. Among the courses he teaches is History of the English Language, which was the undergraduate class that first got him interested in Old English; this dialect has become one of his main areas of study....Read the full article by John Bonazzo on Fordham Daily