John A. Ryan (Religious Leader)

John Augustine Ryan was a leading Catholic priest who was a noted moral theologian, professor, author and advocate of social justice. Ryan lived during a decisive moment in the development of Catholic social teaching within the United States. The largest influx of immigrants in America’s history, the emancipation of American slaves, and the industrial revolution had produced a new social climate in the early twentieth century, and the Catholic Church faced increasing pressure to take a stance on questions of social reform.

Church: Catholic Church
Ordination: 1898, by Archbishop John Ireland
Born: May 25, 1869, Vermillion, Minnesota, United States
Died: 16, 1945, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Parents: William Ryan & Maria[h] Luby
Occupation: Priest, moral theologian, and social justice advocate
Alma mater: University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, The Catholic University of America

About John A. Ryan

Catholic theologian who guided the country through huge societal changes at the turn of the 20th century.

Before Fame

He studied at Catholic University of America, eventually earning a Ph.D., at a time when slaves were newly emancipated and the Industrial Revolution was beginning.


Seeing the debate on social reform as individualism against collectivism, he found a middle ground in natural law theory that brought out the Catholic Church.

Family Life

He was born in a Irish Catholic homesteader family in Vermillion, Minnesota.


Thomas Merton was another influential Catholic thinker and author.

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  • Catholic social teaching
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) alumni
  • Catholic University of America faculty
  • Roman Catholic activists
  • Writers from Minnesota
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Latest information about John A. Ryan updated on September 15, 2020.

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