Francis X. Maier

Senior Fellow

Francis X. Maier is a Senior Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Maier’s work focuses on the intersection of Christian faith, culture, and public life, with special attention to lay formation and action.

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Francis X. Maier is a Senior Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Maier’s work focuses on the intersection of Christian faith, culture, and public life, with special attention to lay formation and action.

Mr. Maier served as senior adviser and special assistant to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., for 23 years in Denver and Philadelphia. He previously served as editor in chief of the National Catholic Register and as a story analyst and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University’s School of the Arts, he is a former Fellow of the American Film Institute’s Conservatory for Advanced Film Studies, and the inaugural Senior Research Fellow (2020–22) at Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government. He is a cofounding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and a board member of the Napa Institute and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

His bylined work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, First Things, National Review, The American Spectator, The Catholic Thing, Crisis, This World, America, Commonweal, the New York Times Sunday magazine, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and foreign outlets. His book True Confessions: Voices of Faith from a Life in the Church, was released by Ignatius Press in early 2024.

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Francis X. Maier on Civic Virtues, Freedom, and Justice

April 1, 2024 | Collegium Institute

Francis X. Maier on Fear and Loathing in a Synod

October 9, 2023 | The Catholic Thing

Francis X. Maier joins Robert Royal to discuss his October 5 Wall Street Journal article “Fear and Loathing in a Synod,” on…

VIDEO: Francis X. Maier on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo

September 29, 2022 | EWTN

On September 29, Senior Fellow Francis X. Maier appeared on EWTN’s The World Over to discuss the US Bishops recent…

VIDEO: Francis X. Maier in Conversation with Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak

March 1, 2022 | Napa Institute

EPPC Senior Fellow Francis X. Maier joined Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia for a conversation…