Andy Angyal offers talk at Franciscan Center about Thomas Berry biography

Angyal, professor emeritus of English and environmental studies, is the co-author of "Thomas Berry: A Biography," published in June by Columbia University Press.

Andy Angyal, professor emeritus of English and environmental studies, recently offered a talk about the noted scholar and thinker Thomas Berry at the Franciscan Center in Greensboro, N.C.

The talk followed the publication this summer of “Thomas Berry: A Biography,” which Angyal co-authored with Yale University professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The book was published by Columbia University Press, and details’s a life that would take Berry from central North Carolina to Europe, Asia and then back to the United States as he focused his life’s work on the relationship of humans to Earth and the cosmos.

Angyal was invited to give the talk by two members of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Berry was a native of Greensboro and later entered a monastery of the Passionist order before being ordained by the Catholic Church in 1942. He would become well known for his work as a priest, cultural historian and “ecotheologian.”

Angyal spoke about Berry’s legacy and his role in bringing together the wisdom of the East and West regarding the human relationship with the natural world.