Thomas F. Ryan

Director and Professor

Office Location
Room 204 Stallings Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 67
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2069
Fax Number
(504) 865-2066
E-mail Address


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A.R., Yale University

Short Bio

I received an M.A.R. from the Yale University Divinity School and my Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  My dissertation examined Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on the Psalms and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press as Thomas Aquinas As Reader of the Psalms.  I held my first teaching position from August 1997-July 2007 at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla., where I was Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and taught in the Institute for Pastoral Ministries.  While there, I developed a program that allowed undergraduates to complete their Religious Studies degree online.

In August 2007, I moved to New Orleans to take the position of Director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry.  I am Instructor of Record for course 1, Introduction to Practical Theology, Grace Christ and Spirit, and the Spirituality for Ministers and Youth Ministry focus areas.  I have also taught Pastoral and Educational Praxis and an online course entitled Invitation to the Catechism that examined the spirituality of The Catechism of the Catholic Church, a work that invites readers into a deeper understanding of and engagement with their faith.

My research interests include the history of biblical interpretation with a focus on medieval exegesis, the history of spirituality, and faith and popular culture.  In addition to work on Aquinas's biblical commentaries, I have written on the spirituality of medieval interpretation of the Song of Songs, the material spirituality of paint-by-numbers Last Suppers, and New Orleans post Katrina.  I am co-editor of a series on medieval exegesis published by Eerdmans.  The first two volumes, one that contains translations of Galatians commentaries and one on Romans, are out.  I was responsible for translating selections from Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Romans.  That volume won first place from the Catholic Press Association in the Scripture--Academic Studies division. 

I am a native of New Orleans.  I attended and later taught at Jesuit High School here in town.  I also lived in the Catholic Worker community in New York City for two years.  I am married with three daughters and love the rich religious, cultural and environmental heritage of south Louisiana.

Here are some short reflections I wrote on medieval biblical interpretation

Here's an edited powerpoint of presentations I gave at the 2016 Atlanta Catechist Conference on Pope Francis on prayer and on a spirituality of the end times.  Here an edited powerpoint of a presentation I gave in Loyola's Lenten series on March 2, 2016 entitled "Pope Francis's Spirituality of Encounter" and the video of it.