Course Description

In these talks, Sr. Johanna and Dr. Ryan discussed the conference theme:  The Word of God – Our Source for Belief, Hope and Love.

Hours of Instruction:  3

Talk 1:  Scripture in the Life of the Church:  How Knowing the Word of God Strengthens Our Lives.  Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Phd

Talk 2:  Dei Verbum and Our Jewish Roots: Reading Salvation History with the Church Fathers.  Ryan Hanning, PhD

Talk 3:    Responding to the Word:  Opening our Hearts to the Love of God.  Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Phd

Conference Scriptural Theme:

We proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:2-3).

Co-sponsored by THE Franciscan University of Steubenville


Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, PhD

Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, PhD, grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Sr. Johanna earned an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. Besides her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. She is a regular contributor to The Catechetical Review. In addition to her catechetical ministry, Sr. Johanna is engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.

ICT Fellow

Ryan Hanning, PhD

Ryan Hanning is a popular speaker and Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies. He led University of Mary’s unprecedented partnership with Arizona State University, and developed a graduate program in philosophy, theology and education for Catholic Educators. Ryan is a principal Fellow of the San Juan Diego Institute which serves several Universities, non-profits and Catholic apostolates. Ryan also serves as a theological consultant and speaker for Catholics Come HomeTM and Amen AlleluiaTM. In addition to teaching and consulting, he writes and speaks internationally on education, theology, ethics and virtuous leadership. Dr. Hanning currently homesteads in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their ten well socialized homeschooled children. He secretly idolizes Dr. Westby and consequently has become a hockey fan.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to SW Biblical Conference VI - 2021

    • About the Conference

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

  • 2

    Session 1

    • Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Phd - Scripture in the Life of the Church

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Dr. Ryan Hanning - Dei Verbum and Our Jewish Roots

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Sr. Johanna Paruch FSGM, PhD - Responding to the Word