PESF 2017 - Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars 2017

Fr. Thomas Ryan and Natasha Klukach

Fr. Thomas Ryan is a native of Minnesota and a member of the Paulist Fathers community of Catholic priests. His ministry has been marked by three passions: spirituality; Christian unity; and interreligious understanding and collaboration. Fr. Tom is currently the director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, DC, and former director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and of Unitas, an ecumenical center for Christian meditation and spirituality in Montreal, QC. An avid outdoorsman and appreciator of the theatrical and musical arts, he is the author or co-author of 14 books and leads retreats internationally.


Natasha Klukach is a lay theologian of the Anglican Church of Canada. She began serving the World Council of Churches as a Programme Executive in 2011 with responsibility for Church and Ecumenical Relations: deepening and strengthening the fellowship of 348 member churches, as well as regional and national councils of churches globally, and Christian World Communions. Travel to foster relations with and between churches has taken her to every region of the world. She was appointed to the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue from 2007-2015, a term which culminated in a consensus document on theological ecclesiology calledIn the Image and Likeness of God: a hope filled anthropology.  In her former capacity as ecumenical officer for the Anglican Church of Canada, she was responsible as staff for three bilateral dialogues, including the United Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Roman Catholic Church. Natasha was a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches from 2007-2010, working specifically to develop the consensus textThe Church: Towards a Common Visionadopted by the WCC in 2013. With degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Trinity College, University of Toronto, she is now furthering her research of the contemporary ecumenical movement writing a doctoral dissertation at at King’s College London.