DeLaney's first venture into Latin America was in 1975 when, as a junior at Skaneateles High School, he was selected to participate in the American Field Service (AFS) and lived in Brazil. Since that time he has had many opportunities to work with and on behalf of the people of Latin America through his work in education and outreach in parochial work in the Archdioceses of Portland and Chicago.
A 1980 graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service where he studied developmental economics and Latin American studies with minors in Spanish and Portuguese, DeLaney also has a Masters Degree in Theology and further graduate study in Cultural and Human Geography. He also speaks German, French and Italian. Prior to becoming President of the high school, DeLaney spent 1987 through 2002 at the University of Portland teaching, doing administration and pastoral work. He has served as the superior of the Holy Cross religious communities in both Oregon and in Chicago for the last ten years, in addition to his work at both schools.
On the job in Chile -- Q and A:
Did you have a choice in the assignment?
"Ultimately, I did have a choice. However, I was asked to take on this assignment by the Provincial of the Indiana Province, at Notre Dame, in consultation with the Superior General in Rome. They thought I would have the background, abilities, and ultimately, interest, in coming to Chile and to work with Holy Cross here at this point in time.
"I felt it was an opportunity that in many ways always interested me, but never had wanted to leave what I was doing before, since I liked it so much. I knew that I would be leaving Chicago."
What is your mission?
"Technically, I am the District Superior of the work and the priests and brothers of Holy Cross in Chile. We have priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, and lay associates here sharing in the work of education, parish work, work with orphaned or abandoned children, and a variety of other social justice ministries through the Church. I oversee the people, and ultimately the forward movement of our ministries. I am also responsible for the planning and the execution of our formation program (for those who are preparing for the priesthood) and our vocation program.