Siena Names Mathias Doyle Franciscan Center Director

Janet Gianopoulos In the Headlines

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y — Siena College alumnus Mathias Doyle ‘55 arrived back on campus this month to begin service as director of Siena’s Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy.

Mathias brings much experience: with a focus on justice and peace from a faith-based perspective, work with the poor and marginalized, and efforts joining business, social and faith-based groups. He has taught at St. Francis College in Rye Beach, N.H., at Siena College, and at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., where he served as president.

A native of upstate New York, Mathias was born in Malone and was graduated from Catholic Central High School, and then Siena College. He also holds a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a certificate in educational management from Harvard University.

Mathias entered the Franciscan Order in 1956, and was ordained a priest in 1962. After initial assignments in Boston and Rye Beach, he served at Siena College from 1965 to 1974, and was an assistant director of the Franciscan Students program at the college, and then guardian of the friar community.

He was then appointed to St. Bonaventure University’s Board of Trustees, and was elected the 17th president in 1975: the youngest (then 41) to hold that position. In 1990, he returned to the Bonaventure faculty as a professor of political science.

He has participated in several international activities, including the United Nations’ World Summit on Social Development discussions. While at St. Bonaventure, he initiated educational exchange programs in England (Oxford), Nicaragua, and China. He also traveled several times to the Soviet Union/Russia, studying the political system there.

Mathias was the first Administrator’s Fellow at the Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. from 2000 to 2001. He also served as special assistant to the Office of Congressman Amory Houghton of New York’s 29th District.

He also engaged in service to the Franciscans’ international community. The Order of Friars Minor appointed him General Visitor to the Franciscan Province in Ireland, and as the General Minister’s personal delegate to the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India as those friars began reorganization and re-envisioning their mission.

Most recently, at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Mathias directed the office of justice and peace and served on the board of directors of St. Francis House. This is a ministry that is “near and dear to my heart when I was in Boston,” said Siena President Kevin Mullen, the previous director of the Franciscan Center. Click here for a video about St. Francis House at

Mathias also serves the directorate for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of Holy Name Province, and is the Province’s representative to the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of 275 faith-based institutional investors.

— Janet Gianopoulos is director of news services for Siena College.