Fr Chris Ryan MGL

About Fr Chris Ryan MGL

Fr Chris Ryan is a priest with the Missionaries of God’s Love. Fr Chris has been involved in different styles of youth ministry, culminating in coordinating the Australasian Journey of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon in 2007-08 in the lead-up to World Youth Day 08. Fr Chris is currently the rector of the MGL Seminary in Melbourne.

Youth Ministry after Evangelii Gaudium

I’ve just come back from Adelaide and the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. It was a great weekend! This workshop looks at Pope Francis’s exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) and ‘marries’ three key concepts from the exhortation with some key research from Dr Christian Smith of Notre Dame University Indiana which he presents in his 2014 book Young […]
By |October 8th, 2014|chris ryan|Comments Off on Youth Ministry after Evangelii Gaudium

Bring Forth Hope Interactive Edition

Hi everyone, my book of reflections on Pope Francis’s messages to young people is now available as an “interactive” edition on ITunes for IPads and Macs.  The Ebook has all 52 reflections that the hardcopy edition has, but it also has a further 22 video reflections from me about Pope Francis and his conversation with the […]
By |February 12th, 2014|chris ryan|Comments Off on Bring Forth Hope Interactive Edition

Talk: “The Catholic Thing” @ the Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Hi everyone, it’s nearly two weeks since the inaugural Australian Catholic Youth Festival.  It was a great success!  Xt3 recorded workshop talks and here’s the link to one of my talks.  It’s called the Catholic Thing… but the byline is a little misleading.  The talk is really about belonging, vulnerability, shame, courage and other universal […]
By |December 18th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on Talk: “The Catholic Thing” @ the Australian Catholic Youth Festival

New Book: Pope Francis Speaks to the Youth of the World

You might be interested in my new book, ‘Bring Forth Hope: Pope Francis Speaks to the Youth of the World’.The book consists of 52 quotes from Pope Francis’s words to young people, a short reflection, a prayer and a suggestion for practical action based on the pope’s words. Its been published by Saint Mary’s Press […]
By |December 1st, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on New Book: Pope Francis Speaks to the Youth of the World

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Abbott

Dear Prime Minister Abbott, We have met briefly once before, but you probably don’t remember me.  We both spoke at a Catholic event for young men in 2009, and we were part of a Q and A panel at that same event.  At one point I leant over to you and said that the four […]
By |September 29th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on An Open Letter to Prime Minister Abbott

The Role of Parishes in the New Evangelisation

Last month I spoke at the Colloquium “The Power of the Message: The Kerygma for the New Evangelisation” conducted by the Catholic Renewal and Evangelisation Office (Credo)  of the Archdiocese of Sydney.  My talk was entitled “Vital Faith Communities: The Optimal Context for the Kerygma”. In the talk I argue that vital faith communities are […]
By |September 18th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on The Role of Parishes in the New Evangelisation

What is Jesus asking you to do?

This is my talk at the Australian Gathering at World Youth Day in Rio. It’s about vocation: how Jesus is calling each of us to make disciples.
By |August 7th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on What is Jesus asking you to do?

Good Friday Homily

Here’s my homily for Good Friday this year. I was preaching at Light to the Nations, which is a biennial pilgrimage held by the Disciples of Jesus Community. The homily was recorded and you can listen to it on the CRADIO website here. I haven’t been posting too much lately – I’m working on my […]
By |April 10th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on Good Friday Homily

The Legacy of Benedict XVI

There’s been all sorts of comments about Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy in the media and the social networks since he announced his decision to resign from the papacy.  Unsurprisingly, the secular media has focused upon the events that have grabbed global attention like the clerical abuse scandal, Vatileaks and the Regensburg address.  And equally unsurprisingly, […]
By |March 2nd, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on The Legacy of Benedict XVI

Pub Talk: “When Beauty Hides no Longer: Exploring Grace, the Cross and the Glory of it all”

This is the podcast of a pub  talk I gave at “Truth on Tap”, in the Broken Bay Diocese earlier in the year.  You can listen to it at the XT3 website here:   You can also download the podcast from the XT3 site. The basic thrust of the talk is this: that faith is the […]
By |October 18th, 2012|chris ryan|Comments Off on Pub Talk: “When Beauty Hides no Longer: Exploring Grace, the Cross and the Glory of it all”