Kevin Ryan - Brisbane
12-13 March 2011
Fr Kevin Ryan, well-known writer for the Catholic Leader, died last weekend aged 76.
Fr Kevin marked 50 years as a priest in 2010 and he returned to Toowoomba diocese for a golden jubilee Mass on June 27 last year, celebrated in the same church of his first
Mass after ordination - the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Gladfield Valley.
His appointments included St Patrick's Cathedral, Toowoomba; St Mary's, Warwick; Clifton; Oakey; St George; and Kingaroy. He served as a navy chaplain from 1969. From 1977 Fr Ryan was appointed as full-time chaplain to St Mary's College, Toowoomba, and St Edmund's College, Ipswich, in 1981.
In the 1980s, Fr Ryan had a school chaplaincy appointment in Scarborough parish (now within Redcliffe City parish). In 1984 Fr Ryan was a Reserve naval chaplain in Brisbane and in 1986 he formally began serving in Brisbane archdiocese.
More recently he ministered in Gatton and Darra-Jindalee parishes.
A requiem Mass for Fr Ryan was celebrated in St Mary's, Warwick - the church where he was ordained on June 29, 1960 - last Thursday (March 17).
A memorial Mass for Fr Ryan will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 22, at 7pm at the Church of the Twelve Apostles, Jindalee.