Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Assistant 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. Dan is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (New York) and a systematic theologian who researches and teaches in the areas of constructive theology, spirituality, and the medieval Franciscan philosophical and theological tradition.


In addition to several books, he is the author of more than 120 scholarly and popular articles and book chapters in leading international theological and pastoral publications. He is currently a columnist for National Catholic Reporter, a regular contributor to the publication Give Us This Day, and previously served as a columnist at America magazine. Fr. Dan’s most recent books are titled, Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2019), and Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (Liturgical Press, 2019). His current book project is tentatively titled: Not Because of Sin: An Introduction to Supralapsarian Christology (Liturgical Press). He is also editing the correspondence between Thomas Merton and Naomi Burton Stone for publication.


Fr. Dan 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; 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 previously served three consecutive terms on the ITMS Board of Directors.


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. Dan is the recipient of several 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).