Monsignor Michael Ryan, the parish priest of Castlecomer has been elected as Diocesan Administrator for Ossory. A Diocesan Administrator has responsibility for administering the day-to-day affairs of the Diocese while a new Bishop is awaited.
Mgr Ryan, who is a native of St John’s Parish, Kilkenny, was educated in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. He was ordained on 11th June 1967 and served as Curate in the parishes of Dunamaggan, St Patrick’s and St Mary’s Cathedral. Mgr Ryan then began teaching in 1967 in the Vocational School before undertaking Post Graduate studies in Religious Education. Then in 1973 he joined the staff in St Kieran’s College and became President there in 1990. In 1995 he was appointed Parish Priest of Castlecomer Parish. Mgr Ryan served as Episcopal Vicar for Retired Clergy and since 2002 as Vicar General of the Diocese. Mgr Ryan has already served as Administrator of the Diocese for a period in 2007.
“I am humbled to be asked to take on this new responsibility and I hope to continue the good work that Bishop Séamus oversaw in our Diocese for these past nine years. I wish him well in his retirement and pray for his continued health. I hope to do all that I can to facilitate the continued implementation of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan I respectfully ask that people keep me in their prayers as we now await the appointment of a new Bishop,” said Mgr Ryan.