John Joseph Thomas Ryan

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The Most Reverend

John Joseph Thomas Ryan
Archbishop for the Military Services
See Military Services
Installed March 25, 1985
Term ended May 14, 1991
Predecessor Terence Cooke
Successor Joseph Thomas Dimino
Other posts Archbishop of Anchorage (1966-1975)
Coadjutor Archbishop for U.S. Military Vicariate (1975-1985)
Ordination June 3, 1939
Consecration March 25, 1966
Personal details
Born (1913-11-01)November 1, 1913
Albany, New York
Died October 9, 2000(2000-10-09) (aged 86)
Albany, New York

John Joseph Thomas Ryan (November 1, 1913—October 9, 2000) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop for the Military Services from 1985 to 1991, having previously served as Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska from 1966 to 1975.


Joseph T. Ryan was born in Albany, New York, to Patrick and Agnes (Patterson) Ryan. He attended Manhattan College in New York City and St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.[1]

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1939.[2] He was in the Navy Chaplain Corps from 1943 to 1946 and took part in the Marine landing at Okinawa; he was cited twice for bravery.[1]

Ryan served in the Diocese of Albany from 1946 to 1957 and was chancellor of the U.S. Military Vicariate from 1957 to 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he was based in Beirut, where he did relief work with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.[1]

Archbishop of Anchorage[edit]

On February 7, 1966, Ryan was appointed the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska, by Pope Paul VI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 25 from Cardinal Francis Spellman, with Bishops Edward Joseph Maginn and Edward Ernest Swanstrom serving as co-consecrators.[2] The Anchorage Archdiocese was erected following the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, and was formed from the South Central area of the Diocese of Juneau.[3] After nine years in Alaska, Ryan was named Coadjutor Archbishop for the Military Vicariate and Titular Archbishop of Gabii on November 4, 1975.[2]

Archbishop for the Military Services[edit]

After the death of Cardinal Terence Cooke, Pope John Paul II elevated the Military Vicariate (which had the same ordinary as the Archdiocese of New York) to the rank of an Archdiocese and named Ryan the first Archbishop for the Military Services on March 16, 1985.[2] In this capacity, he provided for the pastoral and spiritual care of Catholics in the United States armed forces and their families, residents of veterans hospitals and civilian government employees living abroad.


He retired as Archbishop on May 14, 1991 and returned to his native Albany, where he later died at age 86.[4]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Archbishop of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Francis Thomas Hurley
Preceded by
Terence Cooke
Archbishop for the Military Services
Succeeded by
Joseph Thomas Dimino