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Dr Ryan Strickler
(Subdeacon Irenaeus)

BA(Spring Arbor), MA(CompRel)(WestMich), MA(Hist), MA(Class)(Kentucky), PhD (Macquarie)

Lecturer: Patristics


Ryan studied at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan in the USA. In 2008 he commenced postgraduate studies at Western Michigan University, where he earned an MA in Comparative Religion, concentrating in Greek Patristic Literature and Eastern Orthodox Studies. In 2011, he commenced studies at the University of Kentucky, where he completed MA degrees in Classics and Byzantine History, where he completed a thesis on record of the disputation between St. Maximus the Confessor and Pyrrhus, the seventh-century Patriarch of Constantinople. In 2014 he began PhD studies with renowned patristics scholars Bronwen Neil and Pauline Allen at Australian Catholic University. When Bronwen transferred to Macquarie University, he transferred, submitting his thesis on seventh-century apocalypticism in December 2017.


Ryan married his wife Janet 2008, shortly after his conversion to Orthodoxy. He has served as a parttime lecturer, teaching courses in world religions and the history of Christianity at Western Michigan University, and Latin for Australian Catholic University. In Semester One of 2018, Ryan began teaching the flagship introduction to Latin course for Macquarie University in conjunction with Open Universities Australia.


Tonsured a reader in 2016, Ryan served the Holy Annunciation parish in Brisbane, and currently assists with readings at Saint Panteleimon Church in Gosford. He assists in the English reading of the apostle and serves in the choir as required.


Ryan has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in the field of Byzantine Studies. He is currently collaborating with Bronwen Neil and Wendy Mayer on two ARC funded research projects related to dreams and utopianism in the late-antique world.

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