Phyllis Zagano

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Phyllis Zagano
Born Jamaica, Queens, New York
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Alma mater Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY
Boston University
Long Island University
State University of New York at Stony Brook
St. John's University, NY
Occupation University professor
Employer Hofstra University

Dr. Phyllis Zagano is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. A former Fulbright Fellow to the Republic of Ireland,[1] Dr. Zagano was awarded the 2002 Book Award from the College Theology Society for her book Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church (Crossroad Publishing, NY, 2000) and has received several Catholic Press Association Book Awards, one each for Holy Saturday, for Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011)[2] and for Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology (Paulist, 2013).

An internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar who taught at Fordham University in New York City in the early 1980s, she has lectured throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe and Australia,[3] Dr. Zagano's work on the restoration of women as deacons in the Catholic Church is well known,[4] and widely commented on.[5] Her social justice commentary appears in her column "Just Catholic," in the online National Catholic Reporter,[6] and in journals around the world.

She received the Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson of the Year Award from Voice of the Faithful in Boston on September 14, 2012.[7] On January 25, 2014, she received the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice from The Paulist Center, Boston.[8]

In addition to the books listed below Dr. Zagano is the author of hundreds of articles and reviews in popular and scholarly journals in the United States and abroad, especially on the question of Catholic women deacons. For five years she hosted a talk show on National Public Radio affiliate station, WBUR-FM. Her works have been variously translated into Czech, Indonesian, Italian, and Spanish. Her biographical listings include Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in American Education.[9] Her papers are held by the Loyola University, Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives.[10]


Dr. Zagano received the B.A. from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, an M.S. from Boston University, an M.A. from Long Island University, an M.A. from St. John's University (NY) and the Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.[11]


College Theology Society Annual Book Award, 2002.

Bahasa Indonesian translation: Doa dan Hidup: Sebuah Refleksi. Trans. By Wilhelmus David. (2001) Spanish translation: Acerca de la oración: Una carta a mi ahijado. (2003)


Military Service[edit]

She was commissioned a Lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Navy on 6 December 1976 and retired with the rank of Commander 25 August 2007, having served primarily as a reserve public affairs officer in the United States and Europe. Her medals and awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the U.S. Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal.


  1. ^ "Catholic Rituals and the Question of Women Deacons". Hofstra Horizons. Hofstra University. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 Catholic Press Association Book Awards" (PDF). Book Award Winners. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Challenging the Church". Radio National "The Spirit of Things". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "A Woman on the Altar". US Catholic. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Seeking Larger Role for Women in the Church". Newsday. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Phyllis Zagano's Column". National Catholic Reporter Online. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Press Release For Immediate release". Voice of the Faithful Press Release. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Father Hecker's work continues". Paulist Fathers. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marquis Who's Who". Marquis. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Phyllis Zagano Papers" (PDF). Loyola U., Chicago. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dr.Phyllis Zagano". Hofstra U.,. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "It's Time to Ordain Women (Again)". Religion Dispatches. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Book Review: The Dominican Tradition". Spiritualwoman.Net. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Book Review: Holy Saturday". America Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dr.Phyllis Zagano". Hofstra U.,. Retrieved 14 August 2012.