Foley Symposium

The annual symposium honors the legacy of Cardinal John Foley and his instrumental work in advancing communications in the Catholic Church as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from 1984 to 2007.

In particular, the symposium celebrates World Communications Day.  The only global celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council, World Communications Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost (usually in May/June).  The Cardinal Foley Symposium typically takes place during the last week of May at the Seminary.

The symposium includes three components:

(1)  a “town hall” focused on the papal message for World Communications Day … during which professional journalists and/or invited experts engage the public in a discussion of how the values expressed by the Holy Father can impact the contemporary world of mass media and social communications.

(2)  a luncheon or social gathering for invited journalists and guests

(3)  presentation of the Cardinal Foley Award … to a communications professional whose work exemplifies the positive potential of mass media to inform, instruct, and inspire others in the quest to build a more just world.

The next Symposium — to take place on Monday, JUNE 5, 2023 — will take on a special format to include two segments:

The discussion events in the morning are open to the public with free admission, but email registration is required.

  • Let us know that you’re coming by sending an email to

The luncheon event is by reserved seating only — through online registration and payment.

link to a printable flier

The 2023 Cardinal Foley Symposium will also celebrate the 57th World Day of Communications.

The THEME was announced on the feast of the Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael), patron saints of those who work in radio (September 29).

The PAPAL MESSAGE was published on the memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers (January 24).

link to the complete text of the papal message

For information on previous celebrations, click on the links below:

John Cardinal Foley Award



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