Msgr. Charles J. Fahey is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, and a Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies (Emeritus) at Fordham University. Currently, he serves as a program officer of the Milbank Memorial Fund and a consultant to the Loretto Institute for the Frail Elderly in Syracuse, N.Y.
From 1961 until 1979, when he joined the Fordham faculty and became director of its Third Age Center, he was assistant director (1961-67) and director (1967-1979) of Catholic Charities in the Syracuse Diocese.
He has served as a board member and president of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Society on Aging and Catholic Charities USA.
He served as a board member of the Daughters of Charity National Health System, the National Council on Aging, and the Sisters of Mercy Health System. Currently he is a member of the board of Volunteers of America and the American Foundation for Aging Research. He was a member of the New York State Public Health Council.
Msgr. Fahey was a spokesperson for the Holy See in the 1982 World Assembly on Aging (Vienna) and served in leadership roles for the 1971, 1981 and 1995 White House Conferences on Aging. He was a member of the United States Delegation to the 2002 United Nations Second World Assembly on Aging (Madrid).
He is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Academy for Social Insurance and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is the recipient of four honorary degrees.