Meet Fordham's Alumni Chaplains

Daniel J. Gatti, SJ, JES '65, GSE '66, joined Fordham's Office of Alumni Relations in August 2010 from Xavier High School in Manhattan, where he served as president from 1997 to 2009.

He taught at Fordham Preparatory School from 1966 to 1969, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. After that, he began working in pastoral care at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he stayed until 1975.

He spent the next 13 years as director of pastoral care at Georgetown University Hospital.

Father Gatti was the assistant director of medical center development at Georgetown for four years before returning in 1994 to complete the Jesuit Secondary School Administrator Program at Fordham in 1996.

A Fordham alumnus twice over, Father Gatti also earned a master of divinity degree with high distinction from Woodstock College. Among his varied interests, Father Gatti enjoys golf, woodworking, and genealogical research.


Father Leo J. Daly, SJ is a Brooklyn native, a graduate of Brooklyn Prep who entered the Society of Jesus in 1948. His course of studies took him to Poughkeepsie and Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Woodstock, Md. He was ordained in Fordham's University Church in 1961 and completed his Jesuit training in Wales. 

He was then  was assigned to Jersey City's  St. Peter's Prep  to be Assistant Principal and was then sent to Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, N.Y., as Administrator for three years, leaving there to get a degree in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University. The next seven years were spent in High School counseling (Regis and Xavier) and at West 16th Street he served as the Community Superior. 

From 1980 to 1987 he was the Director of  Campus Ministry at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus. The next dozen years found him in retreat work at St. Ignatius Retreat House (Inisfada) on Long Island, as staff member and Director for the final six years. 

Following a sabbatical year he travelled to the Pacific and again worked as Campus Minister at the University of Guam for two years, returning to Jersey City to serve as Assistant to the Rector of St. Peter's College Jesuit Community. He  returned to the  Pacific and for two years served as chaplain on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, an Army Missile Range.  

The Jesuits in the Marshall Islands were replaced by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Fr.Daly was assigned to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, N.Y., where he has served since 2009. 

He is delighted to be back once again in the Bronx and serving the alumni of Fordham University, many of whom he rejoices to acknowledge as good friends.