Br. Charles Marie  Rooney, O.P.

Br. Charles Marie Rooney, O.P.

Duke University

Maynooth University


Reverend Brother Charles Marie Rooney, O.P. is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph (the Eastern Province of the United States). He professed solemn vows in February 2022 and was ordained a deacon in March 23.  He is currently assigned to St. Dominic’s Priory in Washington, DC, and is studying for ordination to the Catholic priesthood (expected May 2024). In his six years as a Dominican, Brother Charles has taught in parishes, published over 25 essays and articles both online and in print, and worked in palliative hospice care with the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters, founded by Rose Hawthorne, the daughter of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Br. Charles was a 2017 Mitchell Scholar and earned a Masters in Philosophy of Religion at Maynooth University, where he wrote his dissertation on the contributions that St. Edith Stein’s phenomenological approach to philosophy can make to St. Thomas Aquinas’s classical account of the human person. As an undergraduate at Duke University, Br. Charles completed a self-directed Program II major entitled “Markets, Society, and Personalism,” served as the Director of Academic Programming for the Duke Catholic Center, and ran for four years on Duke’s NCAA Division I cross-country and track & field teams. He also served for two years as an Editorial Board member of Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, where he wrote a biweekly column (“The Imago Dei”) during his senior year. Prior to studying in Ireland on the Mitchell, he served for 6 years as a firefighter with the Noroton Fire Department in his hometown of Darien, CT.