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Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D.


Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., has served on the staff of Iona College's Center for Campus Ministries (now Office of Mission and Ministry) since 1990. Prior to his years at Iona, Carl was employed as a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph's Church in Chicago, where he was one of the founders of Insight, a tutoring and mentoring program that continues to serve children of Chicago's inner city.

During his tenure as Director of Campus Ministries at Iona (currently the Office of Mission and Ministry), the department has developed many programs such as the Success After-School Center, the Iona in Mission program, the Iona College Gospel Choir, and the many community outreach initiatives that involve Iona students including, amongst others, its Habitat for Humanity, Best Buddies and Project Sunshine chapters. As an Iona in Mission moderator, Carl has traveled with students on over 25 service immersions to serve communities nationally and internationally, as far away as Kenya and as close as the Bronx, N.Y. He has worked closely with Iona faculty to create service-learning coursework and for the past 10 years has served as chairperson of the college's Week of the Peacemaker, an educational week that fosters analysis and reflection on timely social justice issues such as fairness in the labor market, immigration and health care. An adjunct professor of Religious Studies, Carl currently teaches two courses: Religion in Contemporary Society and Theology of Service. Carl also serves as an adjunct professor in the Master's program in Youth/Young Adult Ministry at Fordham University.

Carl has served the greater New Rochelle community as the President of both the New Rochelle Council of Community Services (2005-06) and the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle (2009-12). Under his leadership the Interreligious Council inaugurated its inter-faith builds in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and established a scholarship program for deserving New Rochelle High School youth. The IRC has also built upon its signature programs, such as the annual Thanksgiving service and Awards Gala while adding new initiatives such as a yearly series of tours of diverse New Rochelle Houses of Worship.

Dr. Carl Procario-Foley with Dr. Michael Hemesath Dr. Carl Procario-Foley with Dr. Michael Hemesath, President of St. John's University
Carl earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.) and a Master's of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He received the St. John's University Class of 1982 Alumni Achievement Award for leadership at Iona and service to the church. The award was presented during the St. John’s University reunion weekend on June 24, 2017. Carl's doctoral dissertation explores the notion of solidarity as it has evolved in Catholic Social Thought and as it is taught in institutions of higher education. A member of the Religious Education Association and the Catholic Campus Ministries Association, he has presented several times at both of their national conferences.

Carl is married to Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., the Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College.

Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.
Master of Theological Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

Positions Held:
Outreach Minister, St. Joseph Church, Chicago
Service Activities Coordinator, Iona College
Chair, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College
Service-Learning Coordinator, Iona College
Director, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College

Phone: (914) 633-2632

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