The Rev. Father Francis X. Weiser, S.J., was born in 1901 at Vienna, Austria. After entering the Jesuit order in 1916, he received Holy Orders in 1930 and became an American citizen eight years later. During World War II, he also spent time serving the German prisoners of Fort Devens for two years. A highly intellectual man, Father Weiser earned doctorates in theology, philosophy and psychology in addition to serving as a professor of Emmanuel College. He wrote at least twenty-two works, including The Christmas Book, The Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, and Religious Customs in the Family. Furthermore, he was awarded the Order of Merit, First Class for his contributions to German youth and efforts in war relief.