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priest , Theology educator

Herbert Joseph Ryan, American theology educator, priest. Joined Society of Jesus (Jesuit), 1949, professed, 1966; ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1962. Recipient Christian Unity award Graymoor Ecumenical Institute, London, 1973, medal of St. Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury, London, 1981.


Ryan, Herbert Joseph was born on February 19, 1931 in Scarsdale, New York, United States. Son of Herbert J. and Elizabeth Angela (Gallagher) Ryan.


Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, Loyola University, Chicago, 1954. Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago, 1955. Master of Arts in History, Loyola University, Chicago, 1960.

Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Woodstock College, 1963. STD, Gregorian University, Rome, 1967. STD (honorary), General Theological Seminary, New York City, 1973.


Associate professor theology, Woodstock College and Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1967-1974;professor history theology, Loyola Marymount U., Los Angeles, since 1974. Consultant on ecumenical and interreligious affairs to Vatican and National Conference Catholic Bishops, 1966-1988. Member Anglical Roman Catholic Consultation United States of America, New York City, Washington, 1969-1984, Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, London, Vatican City, 1969-1983, New York Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission, 1969-1974, Los Angeles Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission, 1974-1986.

DeBose lecturer University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1974.


  • Joined Society of Jesus (Jesuit), 1949, professed, 1966. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1962.



Member Catholic History Society, Church History Society, Catholic Theological Society of America, American Academy Religion, North America Academy Ecumenists, Council on Study Religion (charter), Mediaeval Academy American, Fellowship Catholic Scholars, Mariological Society.


Herbert J. Ryan

Elizabeth Angela (Gallagher) Ryan