Fr. Francis Moloney, SDB


Confirmat caritatem ut consolidet unitatem”             -Augustine on Jesus’ three-fold request of love from Simon Peter: John 21:15-17


  • 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

Professional Bio:

  • First Profession: 1961
  • Priestly Ordination: 1970

In 1976, Professor Moloney 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 a visiting professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, in Berkeley, CA, USA.

Research Interests:

  • The four Gospels, with special focus on the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John
  • The historical Jesus
  • Specific research in process:
    • A study of the love-theme in the Gospel of John (book with publisher)
    • The literary and theological function of the resurrection narratives in the fourfold Gospel tradition (book in preparation)

Courses Taught at DSPT:


Select Publications:

Professor Moloney, a founding editor of the Australian theological journalPacifica, and an associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, is the author of about 50 books and a large number of articles, both scholarly and popular, in journals from all parts of the world.

Of particular pastoral interest are:

  • A Body Broken for a Broken People. Eucharist in the New Testament (Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 1997)
  • his three volumes on the Sunday Gospels, The Gospel of the LordYears A, B and C (Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press)
  • and his contribution to the Advent/Christmas cycle in M. D. Johnson (ed.), New Proclamation, Year A, 2001-2002 (Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2001)

Other major writings are:

  • his commentary on the Fourth Gospel, The Gospel of John (Sacra Pagina Series 4; Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1998)
  • his popular commentary on the Catholic Epistles, From James to Jude (Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 1999)
  • “A Hard Saying.” The Gospel and Culture (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2001)
  • a large-scale study of the Gospel of Mark, entitled The Gospel of Mark. A Commentary (Peabody MA, Hendrickson Publishers, 2002)
  • In collaboration with Anthony J. Kelly, he has published The Experience of God in the Fourth Gospel (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2003)
  • He has recently updated, edited and rewritten posthumous material, left by Raymond E. Brown: Introduction to the Gospel of John (ed. Francis J. Moloney; Anchor Bible Reference Library; New York: Doubleday, 2003)
  • a further study of the Gospel of Mark, Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) and
  • The Gospel of John: Text and Context (Biblical Interpretation Series 32; Boston: Brill, 2005)
  • The Living Voice of the Gospel. The Gospels Today. This critical introduction to a contemporary reading of all four Gospels has just been published by John Garratt Publications in Australia (Melbourne), by Hendrickson Publishers in the USA (Peabody, MA), and by Veritas in Europe (Dublin)

His most recent books are:

  • The Resurrection of the Messiah: A Narrative Commentary on the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels     (Mahwah: Press, 2013)
  • Love in the Gospel of John     (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013)
  • A Year With Matthew     (Sydney: St Paul Publications, 2010)
  • A Year With Mark     (Sydney: St Paul Publications, 2011)
  • A Year with Luke     (Sydney: St Paul Publications, 2012)
  • Life of Jesus in Icons from the “Bible of Tblisi”     (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008)
  • A Friendly Guide to the New Testament     (2d ed.; Melbourne: John Garratt, 2012)
  • A Friendly Guide to Mark’s Gospel     (Melbourne: John Garratt, 2012)