Fr. Daniel Patrick Moloney, Ph.D.
Fr. Moloney, a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, has been the Catholic chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2015. He is the author of the book Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know (Ignatius Press, 2020).
Fr. Moloney received his doctorate in philosophy in 2004 from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned a master's degree. He earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Yale University in 1994, with distinction, and a Bachelors of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, graduating magna cum laude. After earning his doctorate, he was appointed Lecturer on religion, politics, and American constitutional law in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and was affiliated with the university's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He also was Postdoctoral fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton.
From 2007-8, he was a Senior Policy Analyst at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, where he studied policy issues affecting family, religion, marriage and culture civil society in America.
Putting aside a promising career as a public intellectual (at least for a time), he entered St. John's Seminary for the Archdiocese of Boston. He was ordained by Cardinal Sean O'Malley in 2010.