Senior Chaplain * CAPT Francis Foley
US Naval Academy Command Chaplain
Father Francis P. Foley
Fr. Francis Foley, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, was ordained a Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 19, 1984. Having a BA in Philosophy and MA in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Fr. Foley served for nine years in two Parishes within Philadelphia prior to being assigned to serve as a chaplain in the United States Navy in 1993. Chaplain Foley completed Navy Chaplain School in November 1993.
Fr. Foley’s Marine Corps tours include his initial two tours in 29 Palms, CA and Okinawa, Japan, during which time he deployed to Thailand, Korea, Australia, and Russia. He returned to the Marine Corps’ 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) as Deputy Wing Chaplain and Wing Chaplain from May 2010 through August 2014. While serving with 3rd MAW, he would deploy to Afghanistan as part of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM on four different occasions.
Fr. Foley’s Naval Operational tours include chaplain aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) from 1998 until 2001, where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf and to East Timor as part of Operation Stabilize, and chaplain Regional Support Organization in San Diego, CA from 2001 through 2003, deploying to Australia, Kuwait, Iraq, and aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). He was Command Chaplain aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from February 2008 through March 2010.
Fr. Foley’s Naval Shore tours include Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from September 2003 through February 2005, Navy chaplain recruiter, February 2005 - January 2008. In September 2014 he reported into the Office of the Chief of Chaplains of the Navy, serving as the Director of Policy and Strategy until April 2016 at which time he was assigned to serve at the United States Naval Academy.
Fr. Foley has had a varied and exciting career in the Navy, with time almost evenly split between Blue and Green billets. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze stars, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one silver star and two bronze stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three bronze stars, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Fleet Marine Force Qualified Chaplain Insignia, plus campaign, unit, and deployment awards. He considers the opportunity to serve at the Naval Academy a great honor and unexpected blessing.