Francis J. Moloney, SDB



In 1976, Fr. Francis returned to his native Australia and was the Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College, within the ecumenical Melbourne College of Divinity from 1976 till 1994. During that period he was the Visiting Professor to the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome (1978, 1982), to the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem (1989-90), and to the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (1993-94).

In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (FAHA), at that stage the first theologian to be given recognition by this body. In 1994 he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM), a State Honor in recognition of his services to Australian religion and culture. In 1994, he was appointed the Foundation Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University, a national Catholic University born in 1991. After an international search, he was appointed the Professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in January, 1999.

In August, 2001, Professor Moloney was elected the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, the first non-United States citizen ever to hold this prestigious position. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, appointed Professor Moloney to the International Theological Commission to the Holy See in 1984, and he remained on that important advisory body to the Holy See as one of its longest-serving members for 18 years.

In April, 2002, he was appointed to the endowed Chair at the Catholic University of America: the Katherine Drexel Chair of Religious Studies. In October of 2003, he was elected Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies. In June, 2005, he was appointed the Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Australia. He returned to Australia in December, 2005, and assumed that ministry in January 2006.

He is currently a Senior Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, and sought after around the world for his scriptural expertise.

  • BA:  University of Melbourne
  • Theology: Salesian Pontifical University (Rome)
  • STL: Salesian Pontifical University (Rome)
  • SSL: Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome)
  • DPhil: Oxford University (UK)
  • STD: St Mary’s University and Seminary (Baltimore, MD)
  • D. Univ: Australian Catholic University
  • Melbourne, Australia