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. 

See the printable documents linked below for basic informtation, and follow the links below and on the side-bar menu for more details.

  an overview of the Cardinal Foley Chair

  a one-page description of the Cardinal Foley Chair


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

  Cardinal Foley Chair - job description

news of the appointment of the Cardinal Foley Chair

video feature - "The future of Catholic communications is now"


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 Members



  •  January 29, 2018 - the annual Cardinal Foley Lecture, with Bishop Robert Barron
  •  March 15, 2018 - meeting of the Advisory Committee
  •  May 24, 2018 - the annual Cardinal Foley Symposium, celebrating the World Day of Social Communications