The University of St. Thomas

Center for Catholic Studies | John A. Ryan Institute

Msgnr. John A. Ryan Conference

Msgnr. John A. Ryan Conference

Religion and Public Life:
The Legacy of Monsignor John A. Ryan


Sept. 14-17, 1995
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minn.

Conference Schedule


Thursday, September 14: The Life and Times of John A. Ryan

2 p.m. Registration

Room 113, Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHCC)

5 p.m. Reception

Rogge-Leyden Room

Second floor, MHCC

6 p.m. Dinner

Welcome: Robert Kennedy, University of St. Thomas (UST)

Blessing: Rev. Philip Rask, UST School of Divinity

Rogge-Leyden Room

7:30 p.m. Harlan Beckley, National Humanities Center, Washington, D.C.

"Some Reflections on John A. Ryan's Life"

Introduction: Robert Kennedy, University of St. Thomas

OShaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) auditorium

8 p.m. Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Commonweal Magazine

"Religion and Public Life"

Introduction: Monsignor Terrence Murphy, University of St. Thomas
OEC auditorium 

Friday, Sept. 15: John A. Ryan's Legacy for Business in America

Breakfast on your own

Coffee and juice will be available on the first floor, MHCC

9-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I

I . Colloquium: Women and Wage Equity

Presenters: Regina Wentzel Wolfe, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. "John A. Ryan and Women's Wages: Still a Radical Stance?" Georgia Keightly, Trinity College, Washington, D.C.

"Catholic Social Teaching on Women's Work and Wages: A Feminist Critique"

Moderator: Sharon Howell, CSJ, University of St. Thomas

LuAnn Dummer Center for Women, first floor, OEC

2 . Presenters: Michael Schuck and Francis Hannafey, S.J., Loyola University, Chicago
"Entrepreneurs and Markets: Contemporary

Entrepreneurial Practice and Morality in Relation to the Thought of Msgr. John A. Ryan"
David Krueger, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio

"Can Ryan's Economic Ethic Work for a Global Economy?"

Moderator: Bernard Brady, University of St. Thomas

Room 155, MHCC

3 . Presenters: Stephen Porth, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia "Managing and Scripture: Is There a Common Ground?" Debashis Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India "Workship and the Spirit of Action"

Moderator: Stan Johnson, University of St. Thomas

Rooms 114 and 115, MHCC 

4. Presenters: David Lutz, University of St. Thomas "Labor Participation in Management and the Contemporary Debate on Corporate Governance"

M. J. Platts, University of Cambridge
"Limited Liability"

Moderator: Fred Zimmerman, University of St. Thomas

Room 154 MHCC

10:30-11:45 a.m. Plenary Session

Harlan Beckley

"Theology and Prudence in John Ryan's Economic Ethics"'

Introduction: Pauline Lambert, University of St. Thomas
Respondent: Robert Kennedy, University of St. Thomas

OEC auditorium

Noon Lunch

Rogge-Leyden Room

Second floor, MHCC

1:30-2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 11

I . Colloquium: Traditions of Spirituality and Work

Presenters: Richard Morton, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. "Integrating Franciscan Spirituality into Leadership in the Workplace"

Thomas Bausch, Marquette University

"Ignatian Spirituality of work"'
Gary Atkinson, University of St. Thomas

"Carmelite Spirituality ofwork"

Thaddeus Posey, 0. F. M. Cap., University of St. Thomas: "Black Catholic Spirituality of Work"

Moderator: Molly Ferraro, Church of St. Olafs, Minneapolis Room 155, MHCC

2. Presenters: Michael Stebbins, Woodstock Center, Washington, D.C. "A Developmental Understanding of the Common Good" Deborah Savage,Triad Group, Minneapolis

"Quality Management Practices and Fruits of the Spirit"

Moderator: John Kelly, Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Room 154 MHCC

3. Presenters: Margaret Lulic,Work-Life Guidance, Minneapolis "The Evolving Business of Business"

Florence Bourg, Boston College

"Theology and Home Economics"

Moderator: Marie Failinger, Hamline University, St. Paul Rooms II 4 and II 5, MHCC

3-4:15 p.m. Plenary session

Daniel Rush Finn, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. "Catholic Social Thought on Property: An Urgent Need for Extension and Renewal"

Introduction: Jeanne Buckeye, University of St. Thomas

Respondent: Richard Berquist, University of St. Thomas

OEC Auditorium

4:45 p.m. Reception in Fireside Room

Second floor MHCC

6 p.m. Dinner

Welcome: Ron Krietemeyer, Office of Social justice, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Blessing: Rev. Ron Bowers, UST School of Divinity

Thomas Ryan, nephew of Monsignor John M. Ryan 'Reflections on Uncle John"

Rogge-Leyden Room

7:30 p.m. William Byron, S.J., Georgetown University

"Two New Social Questions: The Uses of Molecular Medicine and the Reform of Health Care Finances"

Introduction: Rev. Dennis Dease, University of St. Thomas

Respondents: Robert Wahistedt, Reell Precision Manufacturing, and

Vincent Eilers M.D., Twin Cities Serra Clubs



Saturday, Sept. 16. The Legacy of John A. Ryan for Public Policy

Breakfast: On your own

Coffee and juice will be provided on first floor, MHCC

9-10:15 a.m.Concurrent Sessions lll

1. Colloquium: Ryan's Economic Ethic: Implications for Today

Presenters: Albino Barrera, 0. P., Providence College, R.I.

"The Economics of Full Employment at a LivingWage: A Graphical Analysis"

Benjamin Hunnicutt, University of Iowa

"Monsignor John A. Ryan and the Shorter Hours of Labor: A Forgotten Vision of Genuine Progress"

Moderator: Msgr. James Habiger, University of St. Thomas

Room 155, MHCC

2 . Presenter