Father Michael Ryan
Fr. Michael T. Ryan is a priest of the Diocese of London, Ontario, has a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and is the Series Advisor for Nelson Education’s new Many Gifts series. He taught at St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario, for over 30 years and served as vice-rector for 25 years.
Besides teaching courses in Catholic social teaching, philosophy, and systematic theology, Fr. Ryan was engaged in the construction of a cooperative housing project, the establishment of a help centre for the unemployed, work with refugees, and activities of labour unions and arbitration boards.
For more than 30 years, Fr. Ryan served as president of Save a Family Plan, a program for developing countries based at St. Peter’s Seminary. He continues to write and lecture.
The Social Attitudes of a Catholic provides an overview of the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching. This resource helps to support the infusion of the Catholic Social Teachings into social studies, geography, and history classrooms. It provides Catholic teachers with background content and entry points to make these connections, as well as criteria for ethical decision making.
In the Light of Reason contains 25 brief, reader-friendly chapters on various aspects of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas with special emphasis on significant issues such as the search for truth, human freedom, morality, life after death, Catholic Social Teaching, and the existence of God. In clear and logical language, Fr. Michael Ryan explains how faith and reason work together.
Handing on the Faith is an orderly presentation of the Catholic faith in 18 brief lessons that are helpful for the RCIA, for Catholic school teachers, and for all those seeking to deepen their understanding.
In the Light of Faith provides a good general background for teachers. It addresses the Virtues and contemporary issues that affect Catholic students and teachers, such as faith and science, faith and the mystery of evil, and faith and morality.
Teaching the Church’s Social Doctrine provides additional background on Catholic Social Teachings and short, to-the-point lectures on key social justice topics.
Confronting the Ideologies of our Time provides a critical examination of the dominant Ideologies of our time through the eyes of faith.