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Edward Foley is the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Ordinary Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he was the founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program. He currently serves as the external examiner for the graduate program in chant and ritual song at the University of Limerick, Ireland. A member of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order since 1966 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1975. He earned an M.Div. (1975) from St. Francis School of Pastoral Ministry in Milwaukee, an M.Mus. in choral conducting (1975) from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, an M.A. in liturgical research (1980), an M.A. in Liturgy (in course, 1983), and the Ph.D. in Theology (1987) from the University of Notre Dame (1980).

A specialist in worship and the arts, Foley identifies himself as a practical theologian. An award winning author, he has 19 books to his credit, including A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2007), for which he served as general editor, Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary (2000), Preaching Basics
(1998), Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals co-authored with Herbert Anderson (1997), Ritual Music (1995), Developmental Disabilities and Sacramental Access (1994), and the well known From Age to Age (1991), which was recently completely revised and expanded has been published by the Liturgical Press (2008). His most recent book is A Lyrical Vision (2009), on the US bishops' music documents. Foley has also authored over 300 chapters in books, scholarly and pastoral articles, and reviews in such collections as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart and in journals such as The Journal of Practical Theology, Liturgisches Jahrbuch, La Maison-Dieu, Revue Bénédictine, Speculum and Worship. He sits on a number of editorial boards. His current research projects include a study on integration funded by the Lilly Foundation, a study of the celebration of the Eucharist in the 12th century, and a study in practical theology through the lens of postcolonial theory. He is also serving as general editor for a scholarly commentary on the new Order of Mass and its translation to be published by the Liturgical Press, as well as a book on Diversity, Conflict and Religion.

Foley is Past-President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and a founder and originating member of the executive committee of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. A well known speaker and teacher, he has lectured in over 60 dioceses throughout the United States, in Canada, Ireland, India, Europe and Australia. He was granted the mandatum as a teacher of Roman Catholic theology from Francis Cardinal George. He preaches and presides at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago. His website is