The JOHN CARDINAL FOLEY CHAIR
of Homiletics & Social Communications
The endowed chair is a faculty position named in honor of His Eminence John Cardinal Foley (1935-2011), who served the universal Church as President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (1984-2007) and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2007-2011). Perhaps best known as the “voice of Christmas,” he was consecrated a bishop in 1984 and created a cardinal in 2007. In the area of social communications, he received the St. Francis de Sales Award, the highest honor bestowed by the the Catholic Press Association, and the Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals, the first ever given to honor a lifetime of work in Catholic communications.
The work of the Cardinal Foley Chair is guided by an Advisory Committee appointed by the Rector of the Seminary. The "members" of the committee are professionals in the world of social communications, seminary education, and church life. The committee also benefits from the insights of national and international "consultors" in the realm of media and communications.
The inaugural holder of the Cardinal Foley Chair is Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. A priest in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of Catholic journalists and writers), Fr. Dailey has been on the faculty of DeSales University in Center Valley (PA) for more than 25 years. There he founded the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture and now holds the Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality.