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Father Thomas Ryan, C.S.P.Father Thomas Ryan, C.S.P.

Father Thomas Ryan, C.S.P.
Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Father Thomas Ryan did his graduate studies in theology at the Washington, D.C., Theological Union and the University of Geneva. He was ordained a Paulist in 1975, and served in campus ministry at the Ohio State University in Columbus and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, prior to directing the Montreal-based Canadian Centre for Ecumenism for 14 years and working in all 10 provinces of Canada.

Perceiving the need for places where Christians of different traditions could gather to share faith and life with each other as well as with members of other religions, he spearheaded the founding of Unitas in Montreal, an ecumenical center for spirituality and Christian meditation co-sponsored by eight different denominations.

He served as its director for five years prior to answering the call of his community in January of 2000 to set up and develop the Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in New York City at the historic Paulist mother church of St. Paul the Apostle in mid-town Manhattan. In 2007, Father Tom and the office moved to the North American Paulist Center in Washington, D.C.

Father Tom is the author of 12 books and over a hundred articles in a wide variety of journals and periodicals. He provides a monthly column to a growing number of church newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

Have a question? Send your query about ecumenical relations to Father Thomas Ryan at .


Father Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.Father Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.

Father Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.

Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P., received his Bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Kansas in 1972. He then joined the Paulist Fathers and studied theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1977, Father Roberson spent five years in pastoral ministry in Montreal, Quebec. He received a doctorate from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome in 1988 after defending his thesis on Contemporary Romanian Orthodox Ecclesiology. From 1988 to 1992 he was a member of the staff of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, where he worked in relations with the Orthodox. Father Roberson now lives at St. Paul's College in Washington, DC and serves as Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He staffs dialogues on the national level with the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Polish National Catholic and Episcopal Churches, as well as the new ecumenical initiative, Christian Churches Together in the USA. He is also a Catholic member of the international dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.



Father Thomas F. Stransky, C.S.P.Father Thomas F. Stransky, C.S.P.

Father Thomas F. Stransky, C.S.P.

Father Thomas F. Stransky, rector emeritus of Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, was one of the original staff members of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity. He began his service in 1960 soon after the Secretariat was formed as one of the preparatory commission for the Second Vatican Council. He served with Cardinals Augustin Bea and Johannes Willebrands, the first two Secretariat Presidents. In October 1960, they handed him the file on a proposal for the Council to address the Church's relationship with the Jewish people. He staffed that proposal as it developed through the Council to become the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate), promulgated on October 28, 1965. Concluding his service in Rome in 1970, he returned to the United States and served as President of the Paulist Fathers. In 1986, he began serving as Rector of Tantur Ecumenical Institute until his retirement, continuing to serve during those years as a consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Today, he writes and lectures on ecumenical and interreligious relations.


Paulist Press

Paulist Press contributes to ecumenical and interfaith efforts through its publication of an impressive list of titles relating to Christian unity and interfaith understanding. Its contribution has been particularly noteworthy in the area of Jewish-Christian dialogue.