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Rev. Msgr. John A. Radano, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology

Immaculate Conception Seminary


Monsignor Radano has participated extensively in ecumenical activities at the international, national, and local levels.

Monsignor John A. Radano was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1965. Appointed to the faculty of Seton Hall University, he served in the Department of Religious Studies from 1965-1984, also as its chairman from 1977-1984, specializing in ecumenical studies.

During these years as a faculty member at the University, his many ecumenical activities included participation in the North American Academy of Ecumenists, with three years (1981-83) as Membership Secretary/ Treasurer, and co-director of an Ecumenical Studies Institute co-sponsored by Seton Hall University and Upsala College, which organized ecumenical lecture programs at both institutions (1973-1975). In addition, he participated in two international assemblies of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (Princeton, New Jersey, 1979, and Nairobi, Kenya, 1984), with the responsibility of organizing prayer sessions at those assemblies. He also served as member of the Pax Romana (a Catholic NGO) delegation at the United Nations (1975-79), and head of the delegation (1977-79). He attended, in an NGO capacity, the first UNO world conferences on Population (1974, Bucharest, Romania), and on Human Settlements (1976, Canada).

From 1984-2008, he served in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity(PCPCU), Vatican City, and in 1985, Pope John Paul II appointed him as head of that Pontifical Council’s Western Section. He participated there in a number of the Catholic Church’s international bilateral dialogues with other world Christian communions, including those with Lutherans, Reformed, Baptists, Mennonites, Classical Pentecostals and Evangelicals. In 1985, the PCPCU named him liaison with the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, and member, in 1988, of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.

Publications include:
Monsignor Radano is the Editor of the PCPCU’s Information Service (1985-2008). His articles have appeared in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Jubilee Volume, the Wojtlya Years), the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement, Personenlexikon Ökumene, and in journals such as Midstream, Ecumenical Trends, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, One in Christ, Religious Studies Review, Angelicum, Marian Studies, Catholica, Centro Pro Unione (semi-annual Bulletin), Priests and People, Messagero Cappucino and U.S. Catholic Historian. He has published numerous articles in L’Osservatore Romano and in a number of World Council of Churches publications, as well as contributing articles to books edited by others.

Other Teaching Experience:
Monsignor Radano has served as Scholar in Residence, Spring semester, 2010, at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota); Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, Fall semesters 2009, 2010, 2011; “Professore Invitato” (Visiting Professor) at The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum), Rome, 2009-2010; has lectured at the University of Notre Dame (March 27-28, 2009).

Ecclesiastical Appointments:

In 1986, Pope John Paul II appointed him Papal Chaplain, and in 1993, Prelate of Honor. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary.


  • Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, 1971
  • M.A. (Theology), University of San Francisco, 1968
  • S.T.B., The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1965
  • B.Sc. (American History), St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ, 1959

Academic Distinctions

Lectures include:

  • The Third Annual Graymoor Lecture, May 14, 2009, New York City (“Ecumenical Dialogue in the 21st Century, Some Steps Forward , and Some Continuing Concerns” A Catholic Perspective” published in Ecumenical Trends, November 2009);
  • The John M. Oesterreicher Lecture, October 24, 2009, Seton Hall University (“Johannes Cardinal Willebrands 1909-2006: A Life Dedicated to Reconciliation.”); and
  • The Archbishop John Ireland Lecture, April 20, 2010, St. Paul Seminary, University of St.Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota (“From Reformation and Counter-Reformation to Reconciliation? Approaching the Year 2017 with an Ecumenical Perspective.”).

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