The revolution in social communications over the last few decades has profoundly impacted the way human beings interact with each other. The Church has a duty to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ in this new paradigm. In this spirit, Saint Charles Seminary hosted the first annual Cardinal John Foley lecture in social communications. This year’s speaker was the inaugural chair, Reverend Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.
The chair honors Cardinal John Patrick Foley, a man who Bishop Timothy Senior described as “a great priest, Catholic Christian, human being, and communicator.” In the presence of Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, many Oblates of Saint Francis DeSales, priests, and lay supporters of the seminary, Father Dailey presented a bold vision of how the Chair can carry forward the legacy of Cardinal Foley.
Father Dailey’s address compared Cardinal Foley with Pope Francis. He highlighted Cardinal Foley’s openness and cordiality, qualities which he sees as key to Francis’ young papacy. Father Dailey detailed ways in which, through words and images, clergy and laity can connect with the Pope and ultimately with Jesus Christ. In the end, no matter the environment, the crux of evangelization lies in the joyful believer. That has never changed in 2000 years.
Father Dailey outlined a broad vision of how Saint Charles and the Church in general can better prepare seminarians and all Christians for the work of evangelizing the modern culture. Though this vision will be implemented over many years, no one who attended the inaugural Foley lecture can doubt its urgency.
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