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 medial 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


  Catholic News Service documentary


  DeSales University infomercial


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, 2014-2015


The Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. served as the inaugural Cardinal Foley Chair in 2013-2014.  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).  He has taught Theology there for more than 25 years and currently holds the Blessed Louis Brisson Endowed Chair in Salesian Spirituality.  There he also directes the work of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, which he founded in 2000.





the John Cardinal Foley Lecture Series