Laurence Ryan

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Laurence Ryan
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseKildare and Leighlin
Appointed17 July 1984
Installed10 December 1987
Term ended4 June 2002
Ordination17 June 1956
Consecration9 September 1984
by Patrick Lennon
Personal details
Born13 May 1931
St Mullin's, County Carlow, Ireland
Died13 October 2003 (aged 72)
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
EducationMaynooth College

Laurence Ryan was an Irish priest, theologian and Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.


Laurence Ryan was born in 1931, to Michael and Brigid Ryan of Ballycrinnigan, St Mullin's, County Carlow.[1]

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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Ryan died on 13 October 2003, in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.[5][6]


  1. ^ Bishop Ryan's distinguished career Carlow People, 13 June 2002.
  2. ^ Diocese mourns Bishop Ryan (1931-2003) Laois Nationalist Thursday, 16 October 2003.
  3. ^ Death of Bishop Laurence Ryan Archived 2007-11-19 at the Wayback Machine Catholic Communications, 13 October 2003.
  4. ^ Cardinal Ratzinger: the Church does not require dismantled high altars Archived 2013-04-20 at the Wayback Machine Bernard Caesar, October 1998.
  5. ^ Baltinglass mourns the death of Bishop Laurence Ryan Wicklow People, 16 October 2003
  6. ^ Former Bishop of Kildare Dies 13 October 2003.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Patrick Lennon
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Jim Moriarty