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Most Reverend Daniel L. Ryan
Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet, 1981-1983

Bishop Ryan

 

Bishop Daniel Leo Ryan was born September 28, 1930, in Mankato, Minnesota to Leonard and Irene (Larson) Ryan.  He attended Griffin Catholic High School in Springfield, Illinois and the Passionist Preparatory Seminary in St. Louis.  He earned a bachelor's degree in classical languages from St. Procopius College (now known as Benedictine University) and completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Procopius Seminary in Lisle.
On May 3, 1956, he was ordained a priest for the Joliet Diocese at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet, by Bishop Martin D. McNamara.  He was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Joliet, along with serving as Notary at the chancery.  He was sent to study canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he earned a J.C.L., in 1960.  He returned to the Diocese and was named assistant chancellor, along with his position as notary.  He was appointed Diocesan Chancellor in 1965 and Vicar General in 1977, positions he would hold until he was named pastor of St. Michael Parish in Wheaton in 1979.

On August 14, 1981, Pope John Paul II named him Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet and titular bishop of Surista in Mauritania.  Bishop Joseph L. Imesch ordained him a bishop on September 30, 1981 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, with Bishops Raymond J. Vonesh and Daniel Kucera, O.S.B., serving as co-consecrators.  He chose as his motto, Everlasting Is His Love.  Following the death of Bishop Joseph McNicholas, Bishop Ryan was named the seventh Bishop of Springfield-in-Illinois on November 22, 1983. He was installed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on January 18, 1984, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. After fifteen years as Bishop of Springfield, Bishop Ryan resigned on October 19, 1999.

Bishop Ryan died on December 31, 2015 at the age of 85. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis Church in Springfield and a Memorial Mass was celebrated in the St. Francis Xavier Chapel at the Blanchette Catholic Center. Interment was in the family plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL.  

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