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Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S.

John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications (2013-14)

The inaugural holder of the Cardinal Foley Chair, THOMAS F. DAILEY, O.S.F.S. is 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.

A member of the Academy of Catholic Theology, Father Dailey holds a doctoral degree in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where he completed his dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He has lectured worldwide on topics in biblical theology, Salesian spirituality, and Catholic higher education. He has written, edited or translated six books and more than forty articles/chapters in a variety of publications in the USA and abroad. He has also served as a features writer, on the op-ed and religion pages, for The Morning Call newspaper (Lehigh Valley, PA) and has appeared on radio and television in both local and national markets.

Fr. Dailey entered the religious congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.) in 1980, was ordained to the diaconate in St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome) in 1986, and was ordained to the priesthood in St. Anthony’s Church (Wilmington, DE) in 1987.

  detailed curriculum vitae



S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, 1993

S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, 1988

S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, 1986

B.A., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, 1981


2008 – present      Fr. Louis Brisson Chair of Salesian Spirituality, DeSales University

2001 – present      Professor of Theology, DeSales University

2000 – present      Director, Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, DeSales University

1996 – 2001          Associate Professor of Theology, DeSales University

1994 – 2000          Chair of Philosophy-Theology Department, DeSales University

1993 – 1996          Assistant Professor of Theology, DeSales University

1990 – 1993          doctoral student, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

1988 – 1990          Instructor of Theology, DeSales University

1986 (summer)      Deacon, St. Patrick’s parish, Newport, South Wales

1984 – 1988          graduate student, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

1983 – 1984          graduate student, DeSales School of Theology, Washington, DC

1981 – 1983          faculty, Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA


Academy of Catholic Theology (2013 - )

Catholic Medical Association, Philadelphia guild (2006 - )

Indian Journal of Spirituality, editorial board (2002 - )

Journal of Catholic Higher Education, peer reviewer (2008 - )

St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Allentown (2005 - )

BOOKS / MONOGRAPHS related to the Cardinal Foley Chair

Praying with Francis de Sales. "Companions for the Journey."   Winona, MN: St. Mary's Press, 1997. 

 (editor)  St. Francis de Sales: Patron of Journalists, by Herbert Winklehner, OSFS.  Original published as a series of articles in Das Licht magazine.  Published as a monograph Center Valley, PA:  Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, 2004.

(translator) St. Francis de Sales as Preacher:  A Study, by Dom Henry Mackey, OSB.  Bangalore:  Indian Institute of Spirituality, 1992.

ARTICLES / CHAPTERS related to the Cardinal Foley Chair

“Eucharist and the Theopoetics of Encounter according to St. Francis de Sales” – in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition (edited by Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS), Roma: International Commission on Salesian Studies, December 2007, pp. 63-76.

“John Paul II’s Legacy of Social Communications,” Indian Journal of Spirituality, 17/4 (2004): 319-331.

“The Soulful Homily,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, (May 2000): 56-60.

"Playful Prayer:  Imagination and the Task of Theology in a Salesian Perspective," in Salesian Spirituality:  Catalyst to Collaboration (edited by William Ruhl), Washington, DC:  De Sales School of Theology, 1993, pages 169-188.

ESSAYS related to the Cardinal Foley Chair



“The Wonders of a Wiki-World” - The Morning Call newspaper op-ed, 2/11/07

“Web Sites Fail to Fill Our Interpersonal Space” - The Morning Call newspaper op-ed, 7/26/06

“Even in Death the Pope Speaks of Human Life” - The Morning Call newspaper op-ed, 4/2/05

“25 Years of Passionate Concern about Humanity” - The Morning Call newspaper op-ed, 3/8/04

“John Paul II: Human Dramatist on a World Stage”The Morning Call newspaper op-ed, 10/16/03

LECTURES / TALKS - on homiletics & social communications

"The New Evangelization and Social Media" - presentation at the workshop for coordinators/directors of adult faith formation and evangelization in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Villanova, PA) on May 9, 204.

"Religious Education in an iWorld" - presentation at the I.H.M. workshop for coordinators/directors of religious education (Immaculata, PA) on March 21, 2014.

"Thinking with Blessed John Paul II:  The Adventure of Phenomenology" - lecture for the College division at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook (Philadelphia, PA) on March 4, 2014.

"Evangelization and the Digital Generation" -- presentation to the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (PA) on February 12, 2014.

"Truth, Goodness and Beauty in Person:  Evangelization and Social Communications with Pope Francis" - the inaugural John Cardinal Foley Lecture at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook (Philadelphia, PA) on January 27, 2014.

“Catholicism in the iWorld” - presentation to the Lehigh Valley (PA) chapter of Legatus on January 8, 2014.

“Pope Francis:  A Model of Communicating the Faith in an iWorld” - presentation in the Theology on Tap series, in Bucks County, PA on December 12, 2013.

“Catholicism in the iWorld” - presentation to the Neumann Forum at Villanova Law School on September 27, 2013.

“Pope Francis:  In the Seat of Life’s Wisdom” – lecture & discussion at the Lehigh County Senior Center (Allentown, PA) on May 6, 2013.

“Cocktail Catholicism: An App for Everyday Apologetics” – presentation to the Lehigh Valley (PA) chapter of Legatus on October 6, 2010.

“On Technology & Morality” - presentation at the Diocesan Education Convention, at Bethlehem (PA) Catholic High School on October 12, 2009.

“Words to the Wise: Media and Religion” – a presentation at the Lutheran Manor (Bethlehem, PA) on November 24, 2008

“John Paul II and the World Day of Social Communications” – panel presentation for a symposium on social communications, recognizing the 25th anniversary of the papal election of John Paul II, at DeSales University on October 18, 2003.

“God the Father in the Thought of John Paul II” — series of lectures for the Spirituality Institute at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (PA) on July 19-21, 1999.

RETREATS / WORKSHOPS related to the Cardinal Foley Chair

"Say Hello to Hermeneutics!  Interpreting the Sacred Scriptures Today" - workshop for the Permanent Diaconate program at at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook (Philadelphia, PA) on December 7, 2013.

“Visitandines as Missionaries:  Pope Francis & Religious Consecration” – 6 conferences for the sisters’ retreat at the Visitation of Holy Mary in Tyringham, MA on November 18-21, 2013.

“Psalms in the Life of Priests” – 14 conferences for the priests’ retreat in the Diocese of Arlington, VA on October 20-25, 2013.

“Catholic Educators in an iWorld” – dual presentations for the faculty retreat at St. Thomas More School (Allentown, PA) on August 28, 2013

Verbum Domini for Deacons” – retreat presentations for the permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Mount Pocono, PA) on February 25-27, 2011.

“On the Preacher and Preaching:  the Model of St. Francis de Sales” — a workshop in the continuing education program of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, in Raleigh (NC) on March 2, 2000 and in Childs (MD) on June 27, 2000.

“The Phenomenon of ‘Niceness’:  Cultivating Civility among the Clergy” — a series of retreat conferences given to the Theology division at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook (Philadelphia, PA) on September 3-6, 1998.