Anthony Maas

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Anthony Maas
Anthony John Maas

(1858-08-23)August 23, 1858
Bainkhausen, Province of Westphalia, Prussia
DiedFebruary 20, 1927(1927-02-20) (aged 68)
Poughkeepsie, New York
Burial placeSaint Andrew-on-Hudson

Anthony John Maas, S.J. (1859–1927) was a noted Catholic exegete, or writer of critical interpretation of scripture.


Anthony Maas was born in Bainkhausen, Province of Westphalia, Prussia on August 23, 1858.[1] He was educated at public and private schools and the gymnasium at Arnsberg, Westphalia, the Jesuit scholasticates at Manresa, New York, Woodstock College, and Manresa, Spain.[2]

Maas came to the United States, entered the Society of Jesus in 1877, and was ordained, 1887. He was professor of Scripture (1891-1905) and prefect of studies (1897-1905) at Woodstock, assistant editor of The Messenger in New York (1905-1907), rector of Woodstock College (1907-1912), and provincial of the Maryland-New York Province, resident in New York (1912-1927).[3]

His works include the Life of Christ, Christ in Type and Prophecy[4] and a commentary on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew.[5] He also contributed articles to the Catholic Encyclopedia, such as that on "Antichrist."

He died at Saint Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York on February 20, 1927.[6]


  1. ^ The Catholic Encyclopedia and its Makers. The Encyclopedia Press. 1917. p. 105. Retrieved September 22, 2021 – via
  2. ^ "Maas, Anthony J.", New Catholic Dictionary, 1929 p.580
  3. ^ The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 58, Number 24, 24 November 1917
  4. ^ Maas, A. J.( 1895), Maas, A. J. SJ, Christ in Type and Prophecy, New York, Benziger Brothers
  5. ^ Maas, A. J. (1898), The Gospel according to Saint Matthew, with an Explanatory and Critical Commentary, publ. B Herder, St Louis Mo.
  6. ^ "Rev. Anthony J. Maas, 68, Dies in Poughkeepsie". The Baltimore Sun. Poughkeepsie, New York. February 21, 1927. p. 2. Retrieved September 22, 2021 – via