of Homiletics & Social Communications

Begun in 2013-14, the John Cardinal Foley Chair supports 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


As of July 1, 2017 the position is held full-time by the Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S., S.T.D.  [link to faculty bio]

news of the appointment of the Cardinal Foley Chair

promotional media (print, video, radio, podcasts) about the Cardinal Foley Chair


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 Members