A Jesuit Priest
A Jesuit Priest, Francis Clooney sits on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School as a professor in the developing field of comparative theology. He has studied the Sanskrit and Tamil tradition of Hindu India, and has also written favorable commentaries on Yogananda’s interpretations of the Christian Gospels. Francis X. Clooney, S.J., joined the Divinity School in 2005. He is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology and, since 2010, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions. After earning his doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations (University of Chicago, 1984), he taught at Boston College for 21 years, before coming to Harvard.
Francis Clooney is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus, serves regularly in a Catholic parish on weekends, and blogs in the "In All Things" section of America magazine online. In July 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and is currently also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.