Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, Visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), 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 (Franciscan Media, 2013); Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World (Tau Publishing, 2012); and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (Franciscan Media,2012). His next book is titled God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (Franciscan Media, 2016). He is the author of more than 120 scholarly and popular articles and book chapters published in journals including Theological Studies, New Blackfriars, The Heythrop Journal, Worship, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, among others, and is a regular contributor to the publication Give Us This Day. 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 Ph.D. in Systematic Theology in the Theology Department at Boston College, is the former Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society. In addition to several awards and recognitions for his books and articles, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Felician University in 2015.
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 formerly served as the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and frequently assisted with liturgies at St. Anthony Shrine in Downtown Crossing, Boston from 2012-2016.
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 third 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 around the United States and abroad. His constructive scholarly 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), among others. 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.
Fr. Dan is the author of several books. His first book is a contemporary presentation of the Franciscan spiritual tradition published by Franciscan Media and is titled Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (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 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).
His next book is titled God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (Franciscan Media, 2016), and due out in October.
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 with a dissertation titled: Imaging Planetarity: Toward a Postcolonial Franciscan Theology of Creation.
Fr. Dan has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the faculty of the Education for Parish Service program hosted 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, as an adjunct professor in the department of theology at St. Bonaventure University (NY) during the summer of 2012, and as an adjunct professor at the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College during the summer of 2016.
In addition to a number of awards and recognitions for his books and articles, Fr. Dan was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Felician University (NJ) in 2015.
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