Daniel J. Luby, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology

Daniel J. Luby, S.T.L., S.T.D., with a background in ministry formation, homiletics and the spiritual life, shares his expertise in pastoral leadership and practice with ministry students.



S.T.D., Spiritual Theology, University of St. Thomas Aquinas in the City (Angelicum), Rome, Italy, Magna Cum Laude
S.T.L., Spiritual Theology, University of St. Thomas Aquinas in the City (Angelicum), Rome, Italy, Summa Cum Laude
M.A., Theology, University of Dallas, Irving, TX
B.A., Communication Arts, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Academic Appointments

University of Dallas

Director, Graduate Enrollment & Student Services, School of Ministry, 2010-2017
Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Ministry, 2007-present
Tschoepe Chair of Homiletics, School of Ministry, 2007-2010
Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, 1987-2006
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theology, 1980-1986

LaSalle University

Summer Adjunct Faculty, 1989, 1990

Professional Experience

University of Notre Dame Center for Church Life

Consultant & Advisory Board Member, Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program, 2005-2013

Diocese of Fort Worth

Director, Division of Christian Formation, 1994-2006
Director, Office of Adult Formation, 1992-2006
Director, RENEW Office, 1989-1992
Director, Office of Continuing Education for Clergy; Office of Continuing Pastoral Formation, 1982-1989

Theological Consultant, Permanent Deacon Formation Program, 1984-2010
Theological Consultant, Light of Christ Lay Ministry Formation Program, 1998-2007

North Texas Catholic Newspaper

Columnist, 1990-2007

Catholic News Service

Contributor, Faith Alive!, syndicated feature, 1995-2012
Contributor, Word to Life, syndicated feature, 2002-2007


Daniel J. Luby speaks on a variety of topics, including ministry formation, spirituality in everyday life and preaching. Among many years of service to the Catholic Church in North Texas, Dan has given a series of retreats for the senior leadership of Christus Health, spoken at NALM and has taught several courses in Rome. 

Awards & Honors

2006: First Place, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life, Catholic Press Association
2003: First Place, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life, Catholic Press Association
2001: First Place, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life, Catholic Press Association


Daniel Luby What I find most compelling about my work is the opportunity to listen to stories of people's faith that are so concrete, so real, so compelling; They are a powerful witness to God's presence in the world. - Professor Luby
University of Dallas School of Ministry “At their best, theology and ministry formation are ways to help people enrich their faith for the worship of God and the sanctification of his people.” - Professor Luby
Daniel Luby “My deepest conviction about teaching is that it ought to make a real connection to people's lives. One of the great theological questions is 'so what?'” - Professor Luby

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Lay Ministry, 2010-present
  • Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, 2009-present
    • Executive committee, 2012-2014
    • President, 2013-2014
  • Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, 2007-present
  • National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, 1994-2007
  • National Advisory Committee on Adult Religious Education, U. S. Catholic Conference Department of Education, 1999-2004
    • Executive Committee, 2001-2004
    • Chair, 2003
  • North American Forum for Small Church Communities, 1993-1997

Community Service

Catholic Renewal Center of North Texas, Board of Directors; Chair (1988-2012)
Formation commission, St. Rita, 2009-2013
Election judge, 2008

Curriculum Vitae 


2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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