Scholar in Residence

Phyllis Zagano

Senior Research Associate-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor of Religion


PhD, 1979, SUNY Stony Brook; MA,1992, St. John’s University; MA, 1972, Long Island University; MS, 1970, Boston University; BA, 1969, Marymount College, Tarrytown


Dr. Zagano is the world expert on the history of women in the Christian diaconate. She was appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women (2016-2018) and has lectured throughout Australia, Europe, India, North America and South America. Her work has been variously translated to Bahasa Indonesian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Recent Publications

Women Religious, Women Deacons: Questions and Answers. Paulist Press, 2022.

Just Catholic: The Future is Now. Melbourne, Australia: Garratt Publishing, 2021; Dublin, Ireland: Columba Books, 2022 (forthcoming, April 2022)

Women: Icons of Christ. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2020. Catholic Media Association Book Award, 2021, Second Place, Gender Studies.

Read More at Dr. Zagano's personal site.

Phyllis Zagano

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