Father Fessio, the founder of Ignatius Press, had worked on plans for Campion College, a new institution at the doorstep of the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco, according to Catholic World News.
He was ordered by his provincial to break all ties with Campion and then assigned as assistant chaplain of a Los Angeles-area hospital.
On Thursday, Ave Maria University revealed that the Jesuit order had approved the appointment of Father Fessio as chancellor. His latest assignment will include responsibility for setting up a new campus of Ave Maria University.
“What is being planned is so daunting, yet so crucial for the Church in the Americas, that we need the help of seasoned educators,” said Nick Healy, university president. “I asked the Society of Jesus if they would assign Father Fessio to us, and they graciously agreed.”