Biography of Rev. Father Ryan
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REV. FATHER RYAN, Pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church at Owego, was born October 25, 1847, in County Kearney, Ireland. He came to this country when fourteen and lived with an uncle at Milwaukee, Wis., where he began his studies for the priesthood at St. Francis de Stael's school. In 1865, he went to the Niagara Falls university, completed his theological course and was ordained by Bishop Ryan in 1871. His first pastorate was as an assistant to Father Clark in the Catholic church at Elmira. He remained six months, and was transferred to assist the Vicar General, Father Gleason, at Buffalo. A half year later he took charge of the Cauba at Allegany, St. Bonaventure college. Six months later he became pastor of the Catholic church at Addison, where he remained five years. He has also had pastorates at Ellicottville, Cattaraugus county and at Watkins Glen; at Watkins he remained fifteen years, and came to Owego in 1893, the successor to Father Johnson. On June 3, 1896, at Owego, Father Ryan celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of his ordination. It was a brilliant event in the life of this devoted divine. The church was beautifully decorated and the ceremonies, conducted by old friends prominent in the Catholic clergy, were very impressive. Among the eminent clergymen present were Rev. Dr. Quigley of Buffalo and Rev. Dr. McHale, President of Niagara university.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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