Archbishop Patrick John Ryan – His Life and Times

Ireland – St. Louis – Philadelphia : Chronology

Ireland
1831 Born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland, the eldest child of Jeremiah and Mary (née Tuohy).  His home was on a farm in Cloneyharp, about 7 miles from the town.
1844 Composed and read an address to Daniel O'Connell in Richmond Gaol in Dublin.
1845 to
1849
Witnessed the Great Famine.
1847 Entered the seminary at St. Patrick's College, Carlow, aged sixteen.
   
 
 
St. Louis
1852 Went from Ireland via New York to St. Louis as a deacon.  Ordained priest the following year.
1861 to
1865
Chaplain at Gratiot Street Prison where many Confederate prisoners were held.
1872 Appointed titular Bishop of Tricomia and Coadjutor of St. Louis.
1877 Spoke on the subject ‘What Catholics Do Not Believe’ in Mercantile Library Hall, St. Louis (published in 1878 with wide circulation).
1879 Preached at the dedication of St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.
 
 
Philadelphia
1884 Appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia.
1887 Appointed a diocesan school board, the first in the USA.  Was one of the signatories of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Catholic University of America.
1890 Established the Roman Catholic High School for Boys, the first free Catholic secondary school in America.
1896 Addressed a joint reunion of the veterans of the Civil War at Central Hall, Washington, DC.
1900 Addressed (offered the prayer) at the National Convention of the Republican Party in Philadelphia that nominated McKinley and Roosevelt.
1902 Appointed by President Roosevelt as a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners, the first Catholic prelate to be appointed.
1911 Died at his residence beside the cathedral, nine days short of his eightieth birthday.

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