Asst. Professors of Theology and Catholic Studies
University of Mary – Tempe
Ryan Hanning is an Asst. Professors of Theology and Catholic Studies at the University of Mary and serves as a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences as well as the Liffrig School of Education and the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. He teaches theology, church history, and virtue ethics, and writes and speaks internationally on modern objections to religious faith and obstacles to conversion. He is a certified presenter for Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute, a Fellow at the Institute for Catholic Theology and is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Royal Historical Society. His undergraduate degree from ASU is in Religious studies and his post-graduate work was in education and historical theology. He received his PhD from Maryvale Institute Liverpool Hope University in England, and currently homesteads in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their 9 well socialized homeschooled children.
Engaging Catholics in the Pew and the World
While the beautiful truths of our Catholic faith never change, we must engage in new ways of proclaiming the good news. The “new evangelization” that St. John Paul II spoke of includes proclaiming the dignity and beauty of the Catholic funeral with “new ardor, methods and expression.” The current burial trends within and outside the Church reflect a shift in cultural convictions about death and dying that we are called to respond to with great compassion and courage. This talk will review the current trends, the underlying cultural values, and proactive ways that we can engage Catholics who are in the pew and in the world.