Miles Riley Biography

International Speakers Bureau
February 2, 2011

Miles O'Brien Riley grew up in Indiana and California with talented parents and six creative brothers and sisters. Together they performed skits, played musical instruments, wrote poetry and songs. As a boy Miles read children's parts on Saturday morning radio. At school he participated in plays and edited and wrote for his high school and college publications.

Miles completed doctoral studies in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He studied marriage and family counseling at the University of San Francisco and communications at Stanford, Notre Dame, Loyola of New Orleans and received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Fr. Miles was ordained at the North American College in Rome in 1963 and served as a parish priest at several parishes in the Bay Area. In 1970 he founded the Communications Center for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Since then his main ministry has been the mass media.

He has written five musical comedies, published eleven books and hundreds of articles and reviews. He has produced a dozen films and hosted over 1500 television and 4000 radio programs. He has received three Emmys and ten national Gabriel Awards for outstanding radio and TV productions. He is listed in Who's Who in Religion in the United States, Who's Who in the Catholic Church in the U.S. and Who's Who in America.

During his 35 years of media ministry, Fr. Miles has conducted communications training workshops throughout the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. He worked as spiritual director at Canyon Ranch in Tucson for over nine years and has served as presenter and resource for groups like The Police Chiefs and Sheriffs of the Western States, National E.P.A. directors, Bay Area Rapid Transit executives, and the Young Presidents Organization nationwide. His favorite tools are humor and storytelling.

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