Daniel Harris, C.M.

Daniel Harris, C.M.

Associate Professor of Homiletics, 2004-present
M.Div., DeAndreis Institute of Theology; MA in Speech Communication, University of Southern California
D.Min. in Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology


When people ask what I do for a living, I prefer to tell them who I am—a preacher. Preachers need to see ourselves not as ministers who sometimes preach in addition to our many other duties. We are preachers; it is our identity. That is the approach to this ministry that I have tried to model in the homiletics classroom for nearly 40 years.

As a member of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) it has been a privilege to be a part of the Aquinas faculty collaborating so closely with the Order of Preachers. I received my D.Min. in preaching from Aquinas and am happy to give back a bit of the wisdom I gained here as a student. I am the director of the Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence. The Lilly Foundation invited Aquinas Institute to apply for this grant that primarily funds continuing education and formation for preachers ministering in the field. The grant will also enhance classroom teaching.


Ministry Outside of Aquinas


Each Sunday, I preside and preach at the Eucharist at Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, Missouri. This is perhaps the best part of my week. Although I thoroughly enjoy teaching others to preach, I would rather be preaching than talking about how to preach.

I have presented many lectures and continuing education programs for preachers. This ministry has taken me to Dublin, Ireland, Rome, and American Samoa. The new Delaplane Initiative will find me on the road a great deal in the future.



  • Co-author with Rev. Edward Murphy, C.M.: Overtaken by the Word: The Theology and Practice of Preaching. 1990.
  • We Speak The Word of The Lord: A Practical Plan for More Effective Preaching. Chicago: Acta Publications, 2001.
  • “A Public Voice: Preaching on Justice Issues.” With Rev. Ray John Marek, OMI. Theological Education 38 (2001): 47-59.
  • Consultant and contributor to the video series, Preaching for Today. . .and Tomorrow, produced by St. Meinrad’s Seminary.
  • Writing team for CATH’s first edition of the white paper on criteria for certification of homiletics teachers and model preaching curricula for Roman Catholic seminaries.
  • Mahfood, Sebastian, Vic Klimoski, Beverly Lane, and Daniel Harris.  “The Catholic Internet: Seminary Technologies Impacting the Teaching and Learning Environment of the Church.”  Seminary Journal.  Vol. 9. No. 3 (Winter 2003): 80-87.
  • Mahfood, Sebastian, and Daniel Harris. “Technology in Parish Ministry: How our Seminaries are Preparing Future Priests.” Seminary Journal. Vol. 10. No. 3 (Winter 2004): 81-93.
  • “Putting It All Together: Habits and Strategies for Structuring the Homily.” Preach August, 2005: 15-19.
  • “We Want to See Jesus: The Challenge of Summer Preaching Is to Show, Not Just Tell.” Celebration 35:7 (2006): 3-4.
  • “Methods of Assessment.” in Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice: A New Approach to Homiletical Pedagogy. Ed. Thomas G. Long and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale.
  • A collaborative work with other scholars who participated in the Wabash Indiana Homiletics Conference.
  • Presently working on a preaching resource with Rev. Ray John Marek of Oblate School of Theology. This is an ATS funded project exploring a resource for teaching Biblical Justice in existing homiletics courses.



“I try to enhance learning and teaching with instructional technology, not for the sake of using gadgets, but because I believe these offer enhanced learning opportunities.”