Fr. Daniel Chowning

IV Definitor


Fr. Daniel was born on July 9, 1950 in New Castle, Indiana, USA. He entered the Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Washington Province) in 1978. He professed first vows in 1980 and made solemn profession in 1988. He obtained a BS degree in foreign languages and linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and completed his theological studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 9, 1988.

In 1989 he studied at the International Center for Teresian and Sanjuanist studies in Avila. In 1990 he became novice master for six years. He returned to Europe for further studies in 1986. He spent one year at the Teresianum and then completed his licentiate in spiritual theology from the University of Salamanca in 2000. Upon completion of his licentiate he was asked again to assume formation ministry as novice master and then as student master and rector of the house of studies in Chicago, Illinois from 2003-06.

After three years as prior at St. Florian Parish, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he spent two years in the Carmelite desert community in Hinton, West Virginia. From 2009 to the present he has been involved primarily in ministry at the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Hubertus, WI, retreat ministry, and spiritual direction. He is also a member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies of the Washington Province.

From 2003-09, he served the Washington Province as Vicar Provincial.

In 2014, the General Definitory and Fr. Miguel Marquez requested his assistance in the community of La Santa, Avila, during the Centenary Year of St. Teresa.


He is the English speaking Definitor for the United States, the Anglo-Irish Province, Malta, Holland, and the French speaking Definitor for the two French provinces (Paris and Avignon-Aquitaine), Belgium (Flemish province) and their mission houses in Switzerland, Sweden, Québec, and Senegal, Africa.  In addition, he is the Definitor assigned to assist the Discalced Carmelite nuns.  He is also on the commissions for the rereading of the Constitutions and to help prepare a program of on-going formation for the Carmelites nuns.