After Ong had completed his graduate studies in English and in philosophy at
In his book RAMUS AND TALON INVENTORY (Harvard University Press, 1958), Ong lists more than 750 volumes by Ramus and his followers and a few of his critics, most of which were in Latin, that Ong had tracked down in more than 100 libraries in the British Isles and Continental Europe. Ong received two Guggenheim Fellowships that enabled him to conduct his library research. (As a Jesuit, he was entitled to stay in Jesuit residences when he traveled, which also put him in touch with local Jesuits who could help him with the logistics in various places he visited.)
For three years in the early 1950s, Ong was based in
In 1963, when Ong was teaching English at Saint Louis University, the French government knighted Ong "for services rendered to French culture," an honor only rarely bestowed on someone who is not a French citizen.
In 1964, Ong delivered the Terry Lectures at
In 1966-1967, when Ong was the Berg Visiting Professor of English at
In 1971, Ong was elected a Fellow of the
In 1977, Cornell University Press published a second big collection of Ong's studies, INTERFACES OF THE WORD.
In 1978, Ong served as the elected president of the Modern Language Association of America. To this day, he is the only Catholic priest to have been elected president of MLA.
In 1979, Ong delivered the Messenger Lectures at
In 1981, Ong delivered the Alexander Lectures at the
In the 1990s, as the result of Jacob Neusner's initiative, four volumes of Ong's essays were published under the general title of FAITH AND CONTEXTS, edited by me and Paul A. Soukup (Scholars Press, 1992a, 1992b, 1995, 1999).
In 2002, Hampton Press published AN ONG READER: CHALLENGES FOR FURTHER INQUIRY, edited by me and Paul A. Soukup.
In August 2003, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease, Fr. Ong died of pneumonia in a hospital in suburban
In his bibliography of publications by Ong, the late Thomas M. Walsh (1943-2009) in English at