John Foley, SJ

60 Years a Jesuit, 50 Years a Priest
Editor-in-chief, Saint Louis University Sunday Web Site


Father John Foley, SJ, is celebrating a “double jubilee” this year. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus for 60 years and an ordained priest for 50 years. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Saint Louis University Sunday Web Site, a popular weekly review of Sunday’s liturgical readings from different perspectives. 

Father Foley is a liturgical and classical composer, theologian, liturgist and writer, and has a gift for taking timeless truths drawn from Scripture and setting them to music. For more than 40 years, he has given voice to the prayer and worship of Christian communities around the world.  

Some of his most familiar hymns (Earthen Vessels, The Cry of the Poor, One Bread, One Body; Come to the Water, etc.) are included in liturgical collections of the St. Louis Jesuits such as A Dwelling Place, Let Heaven Rejoice and Morning Light. These songs for worship appear in both Catholic and Protestant hymnals.  

Father Foley is the editor of The Heart of Our Music, a three-volume series of books with essays on liturgy and ministry (Liturgical Press), and his articles and other books have appeared widely. He lectures across the country on liturgical music and the spirituality of liturgy. He also founded the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University, a national think tank for studying and teaching the liturgy. He was director of the Center from 1993–2011.  

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