Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Endowed Professor
Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
History of Christianity


B.A., Fordham University (1961)

B.A., University of Oxford (1964)

M.A., Oxford (1967)

Ph.L., Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, NY (1966)

Lic.theol., Hochschule Skt. Georgen (Frankfurt, Germany, 1972)

D.Phil., University of Oxford (1978)]

Research and Teaching Interests

Fr. Daley is a historical theologian, who specializes in the study of the early Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from the fourth to the eighth centuries. He has prepared a critical edition of the works of the sixth-century Greek theologian Leontius of Byzantium, which is to appear in the series "Corpus Christianorum," and has written a number of articles for scholarly journals on ancient Christology, Trinitarian theology and eschatology. 


See below for footage of Fr. Daley discussing his work and the honor of receiving the 2013 Ratzinger Prize.

Recent Publications


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

2006. Gregory of Nazianzus [in the series, The Early Church Fathers], New York: Routledge.

2003. Translation ofHans Urs von Balthasar's book, Kosmische Liturgie, as Cosmic Liturgy: the Universe According to Maximus the Confessor. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.  

1997. On The Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies, St. Vladimir's Seminar Press. 

1991. The Hope of the Early Church. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. 

Editor. 1987. Companions in the Mission of Jesus. Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press.

Book Chapters:

2014. “Dialogue, Communion and Unity,” in Kristin M. Colberg and Robert A. Krieg (eds.), The  Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper, 139-153. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.

2014. “Maximus Confessor and John of Damascus on the Trinity,” in Khaled Anatolios (ed.), The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church, 79-100. Grand Rapids: Baker.

2014. “A God in Whom We Live:  Ministering the Trinitarian God,” Ibid. 119-131.

2014. “Breathing with Both Lungs:  Fifty Years of the Dialogue of Love,” in John Chryssavgis (ed.), Dialogue of Love:  Breaking the Silence of Centuries, 27-54. New York: Fordham University Press.

2013. “Maximus Confessor, Leontius of Byzantium, and the Late Aristotelian Metaphysics of the Person,” in Maxim Vasiljević (ed.), Knowing the Purpose of Creation through Resurrection, 55-70. Symposium on Maximus the Confessor; Alhambra, CA:  Sebastian Press.

2012. “Systematic Theology in Homeric Dress: Gregory Nazianzen’s Poemata Arcana,” in Christopher Beeley, ed., Rereading Gregory of Nazianzus [Festschrift for Frederick Norris], 3-12. Washington: Catholic University of America Press.

2012. “Knowing God in History and in the Church:  Dei Verbum and “Nouvelle Théologie,” in Gabriel Flynn and Paul Murray, eds., Ressourcement:  A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, 333-351. Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

2010. “The Enigma of Meletius of Antioch,” Ronnie J. Rombs and Alexander Y. Hwang (eds.), Tradition and the Rule of Faith in the Early Church (Festschrift for Joseph Lienhard), 128-150.  Washington: Catholic University of America Press.

2010. “Christ, the Church, and the Shape of Scripture:  What We Can Learn from Patristic Exegesis,” in Patricia Walters (ed.), From Judaism to Christianity: Tradition and Transition (Festschrift for Thomas H. Tobin, SJ). 267-288. Leiden/Boston: Brill.


2012. “‘In Many and Various Ways’:  towards a Theology of Theological Exegesis,” Modern Theology 28: 597-615.

2010. “The Law, the Whole Christ, and the Spirit of Love: Grace as a Trinitarian Gift in Augustine’s Theology,” Augustinian Studies 41: 123-144.


A past president of the North American Patristic Society, Fr. daley is an editor of the scholarly journal Traditio, and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Christian Studies. He has been a trustee of Le Moyne College, Boston College, Georgetown University and Fordham University, and is executive secretary of the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation in North America.

Daley received the Ratzinger Prize in Theology, which was awarded by the Pope in 2012.


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