“Failure” and Flourishing in Sacramental Marriages: An Exploration of the Relationship between the Psychology and the Theology of Marriage (1.31.13)


Fr. Michael Ryan, L.C., Ph.D., was born in Ireland and ordained a priest in 1975. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy by the Gregorian University and a Licentiate in Theology by the University of St. Thomas in Rome.

He is professor of Social Ethics and of Pastoral Theology at the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. He lectures in Political Philosophy, Business Ethics and the Philosophy of Family; in the area of Theology, he teaches the principles of pastoral action of the Church.

He has collaborated with the Family Apostolate of the Regnum Christi Movement, lecturing and counseling. In 2006 he published The Last Straw, in which he lays out strategies for avoiding pitfalls in marriage and for enriching the way couples communicate.


Lectures are held on the first floor of IPS (Classroom II). Light refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. followed at 5:00 p.m. by a 45-minute lecture, 15-minute Q&A, and ending with a wine and cheese reception.


There is no charge to attend the Newman Lectures however donations are greatly appreciated. To make reservations, please contact Nancy Flynn at or 703.416.1441 ext. 127.


Metro: Take the BLUE LINE or the YELLOW LINE and exit at the Crystal City Metro Station. To travel indoors, make a left off the first escalator into the underground tunnel until you arrive at the elevators for 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway. Go to the lobby, look for signs for Newman Lecture. To walk outdoors, come up both Metro escalators, make a right onto Bell Street, walk south one block to 20th Street. Enter at the corner of 20th Street and Jefferson Davis Highway (across from the Crystal City Marriott).

Parking: A number of Crystal City parking garages are free after 4:00pm. Metered parking is available along Jefferson Davis Highway, S. Clark Street and 20th Street.