Father John Riley is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington Virginia on loan to the Archdiocese of Denver to serve as Chaplain and Professor at the Augustine Institute. Interested in pursuing a career in Motion Picture Production and Direction, Father Riley earned a BA in Communication in his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. After discerning a call to the priesthood, Father Riley earned three Masters’ Degrees; in Divinity and Theology from the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA; and in Catechetics [with a concentration in Spirituality] from Notre Dame Pontifical Catechetical Institute in Arlington, Virginia. A Chaplain and Professor of Sacred Scripture at Christendom College in Front Royal from 1995-2000, Father Riley has spent the better part of the past 25 years serving in parishes of the Arlington Diocese as Pastor and Parochial Vicar.
In Denver, aside from his service to the Augustine Institute, Fr. Riley has taught Spiritual Theology at St. John Vianney Seminary, has offered courses to and through the Denver Biblical School and Catechetical School, has worked with the leadership of Endow, and coordinated staff formation for the counselors of Camp Wojtyla. He has also offered courses, retreats, and days of recollection for a number of parishes, as well as for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Christ in the City, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students [Focus], the Denver Archdiocesan Communications Office, the Carmelite Nuns of Littleton, and the Poor Clare Nuns of Roswell, New Mexico.
Fr. Riley’s primary effort is rooted in the hope of seeing the full flower of the New Evangelization firmly grounded in the Heart of Catechesis – Jesus Christ.