United States Province of Priests and Brothers
Congregation of Holy Cross
Father Looney, former Provincial of the Eastern Province, now serves as an Assistant Provincial in the United States Province of Priests and Brothers. Prior to his service in provincial administration, he served as Vice President for Mission at Stonehill College.
As Vice President for Mission, he engaged every constituency at Stonehill around the issues of Catholic identity and mission. In the areas of Campus Ministry, Volunteer Services, and the Center for Nonprofit Management, he provided expert leadership while expanding programming and engaging faculty, students and volunteers in creative ways. He also began new College-sponsored post-graduate service opportunities like Expansion India in which five members of the Class of 2009 taught English to students at Holy Cross College in Agartala, northeast India. In addition, he directed the College's outreach to the Diocese of Fall River and the Archdiocese of Boston.
Previously, he was the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. He also served as an associate professor of systematic theology and as chair of the Department of Theology at the College.
A student and scholar of the Rev. Basil Moreau (1799-1873), he serves on the Religious Studies Committee for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is a popular homilist and retreat director, giving missions in parishes and retreats to members of religious congregations.
A member of the board of directors of the Father Patrick Peyton Centre in Attymass, County Mayo, Ireland, Fr. Looney was elected a Stonehill trustee in 2001, a position he held until 2007. His numerous publications have appeared in One in Christ, Ecumenical Trends, Review for Religious, and Pastoral Life.
A magna cum laude graduate of Stonehill with a B.A. in psychology, Fr. Looney received a M.Div. from the University of St. Michael's College at the Toronto School of Theology in 1986. Ordained to the priesthood in 1987, he was awarded a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in 1998.