Tom Ryan received an MAR from the Yale University Divinity School and his PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. His 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. He held his first teaching position from August 1997-July 2007 at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. He is now Director of Loyola University New Orleans’ Loyola Institute for Ministry, which offers the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension program (LIMEX) in the Diocese of Orlando.
His research interests include the history of biblical interpretation with a focus on medieval exegesis, the history of spirituality, and faith and culture today. In addition to work on Aquinas’s biblical commentaries, he has written on the spirituality of medieval interpretation of the Song of Songs and New Orleans post Katrina. He speaks regularly around the country about the riches and challenges that our 2000-year Catholic tradition provides to help answer this question.
Tom is a native of New Orleans. He attended and later taught at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He also lived in the Catholic Worker community in New York City for two years. He is married and the father of three daughters.