Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., PhD

Georgetown Affiliated Scholar - Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Institute For the Study of International Migration | Religious/Clergy

Father Ryscavage is an Affiliated Scholar at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Institute for the Study of International Migration. He teaches a course on "Global Child Migration."

He was previoulsy Professor of Sociology and the International Studies Director at Fairfield University and Director of The Center for Faith and Public Life, which addresses public issues where politics and religion intersect.

Father Ryscavage served as national director of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, a non-governmental organization operating in 50 countries. He set up the first program to provide religious coordinators for immigration detention facilities of the US Department of Homeland Security. He chaired the humanitarian section of Interaction, the largest coalition of American agencies working internationally. For several years he was selected to represent the US non-governmental organizations on official US government delegations to the United Nations.

From 1994-97 Fr. Ryscavage was a tutor and researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre of Oxford University. He represented Oxford at numerous human rights and refugee meetings. At Oxford he convened a major international conference on the “Military and Non Governmental Humanitarian Organizations”.

.Fr. Ryscavage was executive director of migration and refugee services for the US Catholic bishops where he ran the largest refugee resettlement agency in the US with an annual budget of $40M. He acted as president of a legal services corporation set up by the bishops to help new immigrants with legal issues. In 2006 Fr. Ryscavage was appointed official advisor to the delegation of the Holy See to the United Nations 61st General Assembly. He participated as one of the Vatican representatives in the “High Level Dialogue on Migration” convened by the UN Secretary General in September 2006.

A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Father Ryscavage received a honorary doctorate from Assumption College and Masters degrees in political philosophy from Boston College and in international administration from the School for International Training. He teaches regularly at Fordham University’s International Diploma Program in Humanitarian Assistance. He is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

Interested In:

Developing World Failed States Immigration Democracy Development & Peace Free Markets Globalization Human Environment Human Rights Integral Human Development Rights of Citizens

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2 days
Poverty and Development: A Catholic Perspective

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:00pm

Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
To achieve economic and development goals, both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis call us to a radical Solidarity and Fraternity where, "Truth and justice must stand above my comfort and physical well being or else my life itself becomes a lie."  (Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Spe Salvi, 38)
6 days
2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm

Washington Retreat House
The 2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching(CST) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Retreat House (directly across from The Catholic University of America), the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 2018.
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