August 25, 1947 |
Queens, New York
|Occupation||Researcher and adjunct professor|
Phyllis Zagano (born August 25, 1947) is an American author and academic. She has written and spoken on the role of women in the Catholic Church and is an advocate for the ordination of women as deacons. 
Early life and education
Zagano was born in Queens, New York. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1965. She has a BA from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York (1969); master's degrees in communications from Boston University (1970), in literature from Long Island University (1970), and in theology from St. John's University (1991); and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979.
Zagano was program officer at the National Humanities Center from 1979-1980, and taught at Fordham University from 1980 to 1984. She was a researcher at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York from 1984 to 1986 and a Coolidge Fellow at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1987. She taught at Boston University from 1988 to 1999.
Since 2002, Zagano has taught at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she is senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion. In 2005 she held a visiting professorship at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2009, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Limerick's Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, where she was a lecturer. In 2015 she was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Waterford institute of Technology, in Waterford, Ireland.
Zagano received the 2012 Catherine of Siena Award from Voice of the Faithful 
Zagano's publications include:
- Woman to Woman: An Anthology of Women's Spiritualities Edited, with an introduction, 1993.
- On Prayer, 1994, 2001.
- Ita Ford: Missionary Martyr, 1996.
- The Exercise of the Primacy: Continuing the Dialogue. Co-edited, with an introduction and afterword, with Terrence W. Tilley, 1998.
- Things New and Old: Essays on the Theology of Elizabeth A. Johnson. Co-edited, with an introduction, with Terrence W. Tilley, 1999.
- Twentieth-Century Apostles: Christian Spirituality in Action, 1999.
- Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church, 2000; Catholic Press Association Book Award; 2002 College Theology Society Book Award.
- Dorothy Day. Edited, with an introduction, 2003.
- Called to Serve: A Spirituality for Deacons, 2004.
- The Dominican Tradition: Spirituality in History. Co-edited, with an introduction, with Thomas McGonigle, OP, 2006.
- Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority, 2011; Catholic Press Association Book Award in category B15, "Gender issues".
- Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future. With Gary Macy and William T. Ditewig, 2011.
- Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate, 2012.
- Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology, 2013.
- Ordination of Women to the Diaconate in the Eastern Churches: Essays by Cipriano Vagaggini. Editor and translator, 2013.
- Sacred Silence: Daily Meditations for Lent, 2014.
- In the Image of Christ: Essays on Being Catholic and Female, Editor and translator, 2015.
- Women Deacons? Essays with Answers, 2016. Catholic Press Association Book Award in category B15, "Gender issues".
- The Light of the World: Daily Meditations for Advent, 2016.
- Maria L. Wagner (2011). "Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., Papers 1958-2011, n.d." (PDF). Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Archived 23 June 2015.
- "A Woman on the Altar". US Catholic. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "Seeking Larger Role for Women in the Church". Newsday. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- ""Essays boost case for women deacons"". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- ""Witness Interview: Phyllis Zagano"=". Salt & Light TV. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
- Zagano accepts social justice award, National Catholic Reporter (January 28, 2014).
- Dennis Coday, Zagano honored with Paulist justice award, National Catholic Reporter (January 23, 2014).
- "Pope institutes commission to study the diaconate of women". Vatican Radio. August 2, 2016.
- Laurie Goodstein, Pope Francis Appoints Panel to Study Women Deacons: Q&A With a Member, New York Times (August 2, 2016): "Pope Francis has created a commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he named 12 experts — six men and six women — to serve on the panel. ... Phyllis Zagano, a professor of religion at Hofstra University ... was appointed by Francis to the commission."
- "Vatican commission on female diaconate holds first meeting". Vatican Radio. 2016-11-25.
- "Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.". Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Book Review: The Dominican Tradition". Spiritualwoman.Net. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "2012 Catholic Press Association Book Awards" (PDF). Book Award Winners. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "It's Time to Ordain Women (Again)". Religion Dispatches. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "2017 Catholic Press Association Book Awards" (PDF). Book Award Winners. Retrieved 4 September 2017.