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New director of LIM named

Loyola press release - July 23, 2007

(New Orleans)—Thomas F. Ryan, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Fla., has been named director of the Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry (LIM).

Ryan has been on the St. Thomas faculty since 1997. He was twice selected as the university’s “Professor of the Year.”

Ryan is the author of Thomas Aquinas as Reader of the Psalms (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000) and co-editor of an Eerdmans series, Bible in Tradition: A Library of Biblical Interpretation from the Middle Ages to the Present.

Ryan earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in theology at the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in the history of Christian thought at the Yale Divinity School.

A New Orleans native, Ryan is a graduate of Jesuit High School and taught theology at Jesuit from 1985 to 1990. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters.

Ryan is replacing Mark S. Markuly, who was recently appointed dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, another Jesuit institution.

The mission of LIM is to prepare women and men for ministerial leadership in Catholic and other faith communities. The primary degrees offered are the Master of Pastoral Studies and the Master of Religious Education; dual degree options are available in counseling and criminal justice, along with continuing education and post graduate certificates. These programs are currently offered locally, nationally, and in four other countries through agreements with more than 50 Roman Catholic dioceses and other sponsoring agencies. For more information on LIM, go to www.lim.loyno.edu

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