|Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin|
|Diocese||Kildare and Leighlin|
|Appointed||17 July 1984|
|Installed||10 December 1987|
|Term ended||4 June 2002|
|Ordination||17 June 1956|
|Consecration||9 September 1984|
by Patrick Lennon
|Born||13 May 1931|
St Mullin's, County Carlow, Ireland
|Died||13 October 2003 (aged 72)|
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Laurence Ryan was an Irish priest, theologian and Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.
He was educated locally and at St. Mary's Knockbeg College; he went to Maynooth College to study for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1956 and following postgraduate studies awarded a doctorate in 1958; subsequently he was appointed to the staff of the St. Patrick's College, Carlow. He studied in Germany for a year gaining a Doctorate in Theology.
He served as President of Carlow College from 1974 to 1980, and was appointed in 1975 Vicar General for the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.
Leaving Carlow College, Ryan served as parish priest of Naas, Co. Kildare, from 1980 to 1985. He was award the title of Monsignor.
Ryan was appointed coadjutor bishop in 1984 and became Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin on 10 December 1987, succeeding Bishop Lennon. Bishop Ryan resigned 4 June 2002 and retired.
During his time at Carlow Cathedral, he presided over some changes to the altar which were controversial.
- Bishop Ryan's distinguished career Carlow People, 13 June 2002.
- Diocese mourns Bishop Ryan (1931-2003) Laois Nationalist Thursday, 16 October 2003.
- Death of Bishop Laurence Ryan Archived 2007-11-19 at the Wayback Machine Catholic Communications, 13 October 2003.
- Cardinal Ratzinger: the Church does not require dismantled high altars Archived 2013-04-20 at the Wayback Machine Bernard Caesar, October 1998.
- Baltinglass mourns the death of Bishop Laurence Ryan Wicklow People, 16 October 2003
- Former Bishop of Kildare Dies www.rte.ie. 13 October 2003.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin