Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (The New York province), a columnist for America magazine, and the author of several books including, most recently, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014) and Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014). In addition, he is the author of The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering (2013); Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World (2012); and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012). He is the author of more than eighty popular and scholarly articles published in journals including Theological Studies, New Blackfriars, The Heythrop Journal, Worship, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, among others, and is a regular contributor to the English edition of the Italian magazine Messaggero di sant’Antonio. He is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Siena College and in the Department of Theology at St. Bonaventure University. Fr. Dan is currently completing a PhD in Systematic Theology in the Theology Department at Boston College, is the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society.
Born in Pensacola, FL, and raised in Utica, NY, Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, studied theology and journalism at St. Bonaventure University before entering the Order of Friars Minor. In addition to full-time undergraduate studies, Fr. Dan worked as a professional photographer and for a time owned a freelance photography company (Horan Photography), specializing in sports and editorial work.
Upon entering Holy Name Province (NY) of the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Dan continued his studies in philosophy and ministered at a residence for chronically ill patients with psychiatric disorders in Manhattan as a postulant. Then, after completing the novitiate year in Wilmington, DE, Fr. Dan moved to Silver Spring, MD, to continue graduate studies in theology. While in Silver Spring, he ministered as a Chaplain at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) and worked in a variety of ministries at St. Camillus Parish (Archdiocese of Washington). Fr. Dan was ordained to the ministerial priesthood by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in May 2012 and has subsequently served in ordained-parochial ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, VA (Diocese of Arlington) and serves on the friar staff of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Long Beach Island, NJ during the summers (Diocese of Trenton). He now regularly serves as the Sunday Celebrant for the Catholic community’s weekly Mass at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, during the academic year, and frequently assists at St. Anthony Shrine in Downtown Crossing, Boston.
Fr. Dan has served on a number of committees and directorates for his Franciscan Order, in addition to providing occasional consulting work for several organizations. He is currently serving a second term as an elected member of Board of Directors for the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS).
Fr. Dan has lectured, delivered academic papers, and presented workshops in the United States and abroad. His work has focused on the retrieval of medieval Franciscan theological insight for contemporary application. This is especially evident in his research on the work of the Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (d. 1308). In addition to the Franciscan theological, philosophical, and spiritual tradition, Fr. Dan has written and lectured on various themes in spirituality, the life and work of Thomas Merton, and various themes in contemporary systematic theology.
Additionally, Fr. Dan’s work has been published in a number of leading academic and popular journals including America, Theological Studies, The Heythrop Journal, Worship, Review for Religious, Spiritual Life, The Merton Annual, The Merton Journal (UK), Cistercian Studies Quarterly, The Cord, The Other Journal, The Downside Review, The Journal of Catholic Higher Education and others. He is a contributing author to the new publication Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press) and is a regular contributor to the English edition of the Italian magazine Messaggero di sant’Antonio.
He is a columnist for America magazine, the National Catholic Weekly.
Fr. Dan is the author of several books. His first book is a contemporary presentation of the Franciscan spiritual tradition published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, titled Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis published in February 2012. His other books include, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World (2012), Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays (2012), and The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering (2013). His most recent books include: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014) and Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014).
Over the course of several years, Fr. Dan has studied at a variety of institutions of higher education including St. Bonaventure University (B.A., 2005), The Washington Theological Union (M.A., 2010; M.Div., 2012), The Catholic University of America, Boston University, Harvard Divinity School, and the Franciscan Institute. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College.
Fr. Dan has taught on the faculty of the Education for Parish Service Department at Trinity University (DC) during the Fall 2009 semester, in the Department of Religious Studies and the Foundations Sequence at Siena College (NY) during the 2010-2011 academic year, and as a visiting professor in the department of theology at St. Bonaventure University (NY) during the summer of 2012.