Keynote Speakers

Bio-Sketches of our 2016 Conference Keynote Speakers:  Gabriel Moran, Gina Messina-Dysert, Tom Roberts and Andrea M. Johnson

gmoranGabriel Moran
Gabriel Moran is Professor Emeritus of educational philosophy at New York University where he taught for thirty-four years. He has worked with the Roman Catholic Church’s educational programs for more than fifty years. He is the author of twenty-five books on ethics, religion and education. These titles include Uniquely Human: the Basis of Human Rights, A Grammar of Responsibility, and Living Nonviolently. Until her death, his wife Maria Harris was his collaborator in teaching and writing. They published several
works together including Reshaping Religious Education. Dr. Moran’s most recent work is Missed Opportunities: Rethinking Catholic Tradition (2016).
gdysertGina Messina-Dysert
Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and Co-founder and  co-director of Feminism and Religion. Gina is the author of "Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence," and co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of the anthology "Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century." She has spoken at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations to discuss matters impacting the lives of women around the globe. She is active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing for those who have encountered gender-based violence. Gina can be followed on Twitter @FemTheologian and her website can be accessed at
trobertsTom Roberts
Journalist Tom Roberts is editor-at-large for the National Catholic Reporter, where he has worked for the past twenty years. Previously he worked for ten years as news editor at the Religion News Service. He is the author of Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith. His previous book, The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community’s Search for Itself, won the Religious Newswriter’s Association Board Award, as well as two Catholic Press Association awards. He lives in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
ajohnsonAndrea M. Johnson
Andrea M. Johnson, M. Div. has worked for many years, and in several dioceses, as a religious educator at the adult and secondary levels. In the 1980’s, she served for two years as a parish life director in a priestless parish of the military diocese. Always active in her parish communities, she served from 2004-2006 on the pastoral council of her current parish, as president during the second year of her term. An active member of the Women’s Ordination Conference since 1984, she served that organization as executive director from 1996-2000. . With an M.Div. from Global Ministries University, her particular interest is ministry with marginalized and underserved Catholics.



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