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Theologian Patrick J. Ryan to Speak on Prophetic Women at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 2, 2010—On Tuesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m., join GCU in welcoming accomplished author and scholar of comparative religion Father Patrick J. Ryan, SJ, who will speak on “Who Speaks for God: Prophetic Women and the Future of Faith.”

Negotiating understanding of faith among Jews, Muslims, and Christians is the goal of Father Ryan, Fordham University’s Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, a position previously held by the late Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ. Father Ryan’s energies focus on fostering dialogue among the scholars of the three faiths. During his lecture, he will focus on the scripture, Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur’an, and the attitudes toward “prophetic” women, religious and secular, in recent times.

Father Ryan will speak in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. This event is free, but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve a place, or for more information, call 732.987.2263 or e-mail

Father Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham, and a licentiate in philosophy from Woodstock College, Maryland. He taught for one year at Aquinas College in Akure, Nigeria, then returned to the United States for a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Woodstock College. Following his ordination to the priesthood, Father Ryan completed a Ph.D. in the history of religion (with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic studies) and Harvard University. He returned to Africa to serve successfully as a lecturer and administrative appointments at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Hekima College (Kenya), the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), Loyola Jesuit College (Abuja, Nigeria), and Fordham.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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