Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Duns Scotus Chair of Spirituality

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality



BA, Theology, St. Bonaventure University

MA, Systematic Theology, Washington Theological Union

MDiv, Washington Theological Union

PhD, Systematic Theology, Boston College


Fr. Daniel Horan is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (New York) and a theologian who researches and teaches in the areas of constructive theology, spirituality, and the medieval Franciscan philosophical and theological tradition. He currently holds the Duns Scotus Chair of Spirituality.


In addition to a dozen books, he is the author of more than 150 scholarly and popular articles and book chapters in leading international theological and pastoral publications. A columnist for National Catholic Reporter, he is a regular contributor to the publication Give Us This Day, and previously served as a columnist for America magazine. Fr. Daniel’s most recent books are titled, Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2019), which won the 2020 Best Theology Book Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers, and Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (Liturgical Press, 2019), which won the 2020 First Place Book Award in Pastoral Ministry from the Catholic Press Association. His forthcoming books are titled: Not Because of Sin: Reconsidering the Reason God Became Human (Liturgical Press); The Way of the Franciscans: A Prayer Journey Through Lent (SPCK); and Striving Toward Authenticity: Engaging Thomas Merton on Race, Justice, and Spirituality (Orbis Books) He is also editing the correspondence between Thomas Merton and Naomi Burton Stone for publication.


Fr. Daniel has delivered keynote addresses and invited lectures at universities, conferences, and in dioceses around the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. He regularly presents academic papers at the conferences of the American Academy of Religion; the Catholic Theological Society of America, where he is a member of the administrative team for the Creation and Eschatology topic section; the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality; the College Theology Society, where he is co-convener of the Spirituality section; and the International Thomas Merton Society, where he is currently serving his fourth elected term on the ITMS Board of Directors.


A former editor of the journal New Theology Review, Fr. Daniel currently serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals, The Merton Annual and recently re-launched Review for Religious. He is the coordinator of CTU’s “Thriving in Religious Priesthood” symposium, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving in Ministry grant, and is the co-host of a podcast on theology, culture, and politics called The Francis Effect Podcast.


He currently serves on a number of academic boards and committees, including the Board of Trustees of St. Bonaventure University in New York and the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology in California. Fr. Daniel is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions, including awards for his writing and an honorary doctorate from Felician University in New Jersey in 2015.

Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2019)


Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (Liturgical Press, 2019)


All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation (Fortress Press, 2018).


Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Lent and Easter (Liguori Publications, 2018)


Un Nuevo Comienzo: Reflexiones Diarias Para Cuaresma y Pascua (Libros Liguori, 2018).


Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas (Liguori Publications, 2017).


Un Nuevo Comienzo: Reflexiones Diarias Para Adviento y Navidad (Libros Liguori, 2017).


God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (Franciscan Media, 2016).


Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014).


The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014).


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).


Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (Franciscan Media, 2012).

Thomas Merton for the 21st Century: New Insights on Important Themes, 12 lectures on CD (Now You Know Media, 2017).


The Saint and the Pope: What the Spirituality of Two Men Named Francis Can Teach Us About Christian Living, 18 lectures on DVD and CD (Now You Know Media, 2016).