Francis J. Moloney (SDB, AM, BA, STD, LSS, DPhil (Oxon), FAHA) was born in Melbourne, Australia, educated by the Christian Brothers at St Bernard’s College, Moonee Ponds from 1953-57, and joined the Australian Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1960.
After completing his undergraduate university studies (BA) and teaching for several years in a Salesian High School, he was sent to Rome to pursue higher Theological studies. In 1970, he was awarded the Licence in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University (STL), and in 1972 the Licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (LSS).
From 1972-1975 he pursued research at the University of Oxford, UK, and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from that ancient University in 1976 (DPhil [Oxon]) for his study of the use of the term “the Son of Man” in the Fourth Gospel.
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.
Professor Moloney, a founding editor of the Australian theological journal Pacifica, and an associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, is the author of 36 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 Lord, Years 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). His most recent books are 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). Another book has been recently released: The Living Voice of the Gospel. The Gospels Today. This critical introduction to a contemporary reading of all four Gospels has just been by John Garratt Publications in Australia (Melbourne), by Hendrickson Publishers in the USA (Peabody, MA), and by Veritas in Europe (Dublin).