of Homiletics & Social Communications

The mission of the John Cardinal Foley Chair is to support the work of the Catholic Church in the realm of social communications by teaching seminary students and church groups, working with staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and engaging in dialogue with journalists and media professionals.  This endowed chair is a faculty position named in honor of His Eminence John Cardinal Foley (1935-2011), a Philadelphia native 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). 

biographical information about Cardinal Foley, with links to videos


  documentary from Catholic News Service



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.

Advisory Committee, 2016-2017


The Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. served as the inaugural Cardinal Foley Chair during the 2013-2014 academic year.  A priest in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of Catholic journalists and writers), Fr. Dailey is the senior-ranking faculty member at DeSales University in Center Valley (PA), where he holds the Blessed Louis Brisson Endowed Chair in Salesian Spirituality and directs the work of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.



  •  January 30, 2017 - fourth annual Cardinal Foley LECTURE @ 7:00 p.m. ... with Greg Erlandson (CNS)
  •  March 23, 2017 - meeting of the Advisory Committee @ 8:00 a.m.
  •  May 24, 2017 - second annual Cardinal Foley SYMPOSIUM @ 10:00 a.m.



the John Cardinal Foley Lecture Series

the John Cardinal Foley Symposium for World Communications Day