Francis X. Maier

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

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. In addition to the Napa Institute, Mr. Maier serves on the board of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

His bylined work has appeared in First ThingsNational ReviewThe American SpectatorThe Catholic ThingCrisisThis WorldAmericaCommonweal, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Sunday magazine, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and foreign outlets. He is the author of True Confessions: Voices of Faith from a Life in the Church, released by Ignatius Press in early 2024.

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