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Jesuit Father Bob Fabing has been ministering to families for over 40 years. The multi-talented Fr. Fabing is also a composer of liturgical music, a poet, an author and the founder and director of the Jesuit Institute for Family Life International Network (JIFLiNet.com), a worldwide organization of some 80 institutes providing marriage counseling and family therapy in the U.S., Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Fr. Fabing’s family counseling ministry began in 1961, a year after he joined the Society of Jesus. “Christ called me to stand with the afflicted suffering mothers, fathers and children in homes in need of peace,” Fr. Fabing says.
His call to be with suffering families was as strong and as unrelenting as his vocation to the Society of Jesus. “I joined the Society of Jesus as I couldn’t live with myself anymore resisting Christ,” he explains. “I finally said ‘yes’!”
In addition, Fr. Fabing is the founder of the 30-Day Retreat Program in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Calif., where he lives.
Fr. Fabing has published several books, including a new book of poetry, “With Roses for All.” He says, “Poetry is absorbing. Poetry is engaging. Poetry reaches into the ability of play. Poetry calls out to human freedom by speaking to heart and mind together at the same moment unraveling human nature before one has the time to stop its invasion.
“What good could come from that?”Fr. Fabing asks. “The gift of realizing that one is made for more than work. The gift of experiencing oneself as interacting with the world of beauty. The gift of being restored to the person you always knew you were.”
Fr. Fabing says working on these calls each day – marriage counseling, spiritual direction and music – keeps him balanced.
Jesuit Father Bob Fabing, an internationally known liturgical music composer and author, has written a Mass setting for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, known by many as Mother Teresa. The setting, complies with changes to the Roman Missal, and is now available exclusively online.
“The inspiration for this Mass came from my 70 meetings with Mother Teresa and my many, many, many meetings with her Sisters. I wanted a melody that all of those who Mother Teresa reached out to—the poor: physically, emotionally, and spiritually—could relate to and which would bring them all to Christ at his Eucharistic Liturgy,” said Fr. Fabing. “I wanted a melody that all of those who Mother Teresa reached out to—the poor: physically, emotionally, and spiritually—could relate to and which would bring them all to Christ at his Eucharistic Liturgy.”
Father Fabing is the founder of the Jesuit Institute for Family Life Network, which includes 44 marriage counseling and family therapy centers in California and Oregon. He is the director of the 36-Day Program in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, California, where he lives. The deep spirituality of his music is the fruit of his many years directing these counseling and spirituality centers.
He has also ministered in China for many years, teaching, promoting liturgical music and spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
For more information about the Mass of Teresa of Calcutta, please visit the Oregon Catholic Press website.