Fr. Ryan lectures at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ames

By Sue Stanton
Witness Correspondent

AMES — The second lecture of the Monsignor James A. Supple Catholic Studies Series was given by Father Robin Ryan, professor at the Catholic Theological Church in Chicago and founder of Catholic on Call, on Oct. 20 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center at Iowa State University in Ames.

Speaking to a crowd of 50, his topic was “Catholics at the Crossroads: Why Catholics Leave the Church and What Can Be Done About It.” Father Ryan began his talk saying, “We may need to have an anti-­depressant to listen to what I’m about to say,” and went on to speak about recent studies from a number of sources, both Catholic and secular, that show a rapid and dramatic decline in the number of Catholics in the country.

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