Brian Daley, SJ

Brian Daley, SJ

Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, Emeritus

Primary Field of Study: History of Christianity
Secondary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


D. Phil. University of Oxford

Research and Training Interests

Patristic Christology, Eschatology, Theology of Mary, Ecumenical Theology

Selected Publications

The Hope of the Early Church. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. (Hendrickson, 2003).

Leontius of Byzantium: Complete Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered. First ed., Oxford University Press, 2018.

Gregory of Nazianzus. Routledge, 2006.

Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2013.


Born in Orange, NJ, in 1940, Fr. Daley did his undergraduate work at Fordham University and a subsequent M.A, (classics and philosophy) at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He then entered the Society of Jesus, taught for a year at Fordham, and studied theology for ordination in Frankfurt, Germany. He returned to Oxford in 1972 for doctoral studies, focused on the Patristic Christological tradition, and completed a critical edition of the works of the sixth-century theologian Leontius of Byzantium in 1978. He then was a faculty member of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, MA, until 1996, when he moved to Notre Dame's Department of Theology as the Catherine Huisking Professor. He considers himself a historical theologian, studying the thought and practices of the first seven or eight centuries of Christianity as expressions of the developing common faith of the Church, especially as it is focused on our understanding of the person of Christ, the Trinity, and the hope for eternal life. His most recent book is: God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered (Oxford University Press, 2018).