Stephen V. Ryan

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Most Rev. Stephen V. Ryan, C.M.
Bishop of Buffalo
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See Buffalo
In office 23 April 1847 (1847-04-23)—16 April 1867 (1867-04-16)
Predecessor John Timon
Successor James Edward Quigley
Orders
Ordination 24 June 1849 (1849-06-24)
by Francis Kenrick
Consecration 8 November 1868
by John McCloskey
Personal details
Born (1825-01-01)January 1, 1825
Almonte, Ontario, Canada
Died April 10, 1896(1896-04-10) (aged 71)
Buffalo, New York

Stephen Vincent Ryan, C.M. (January 1, 1825 – April 10, 1896) was a Canadian-born American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Buffalo, New York from 1868 until his death in 1896.

Biography[edit]

Ryan was born in Almonte, Ontario on January 1, 1825, and later moved with his family to Pennsylvania, where he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary at Overbrook in 1841.[1] On May 5, 1846, he joined the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Lazarists or Vincentians) at Cape Girardeau, Missouri.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Francis Kenrick on June 24, 1849,[2] and named Visitor General of the Congregation of the Mission in the United States in 1857.[1]

On March 3, 1868, Ryan was appointed the second Bishop of Buffalo, New York, by Pope Pius IX.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following November 8 from Archbishop John McCloskey, with Bishops John Loughlin and John Joseph Lynch, C.M., serving as co-consecrators, at St. Joseph's Cathedral.[2] Ryan unified the Catholic school system and established a commission to supervise the work of parochial schools.[3] He founded the diocesan newspaper called the Catholic Union (later known as the Catholic Union and Echo, the Magnificat, and the Western New York Catholic).[4] He also engaged in a public controversy with Arthur Cleveland Coxe, the Episcopal Bishop of Western New York, over the issue of apostolic succession.[3]

Ryan died at Buffalo, aged 71, and was interred next to Bishop John Timon at St. Joseph's Cathedral.[4] His tenure as Bishop spanned 28 years, the longest in the history of the Buffalo Diocese.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Donnell, John Hugh. "Ryan, Stephen". The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Stephen Vincent Ryan, C.M.". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b The Catholic Church in the United States of America. New York: The Catholic Editing Company. 1914. 
  4. ^ a b c "Most Rev. Stephen V. Ryan, CM". Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Timon
Bishop of Buffalo
1868 – 1896
Succeeded by
James E. Quigley