Assignment Record– Bishop Daniel Leo Ryan
Ordained: May 3, 1956
Joliet bishop was Martin Dewey McNamara (1948-1966).
|1958||St. Paul the Apostle||Joliet||IL||2/2||St. Paul's had a school with 375-423 students.|
|1960||1963||St. Joseph's||Rockdale||IL||2/2, 3/3
|St. Joseph's had a school with 234-229 students.|
|1963||1965||St. Mary Nativity||Joliet||2/2
|St. Mary's had a school with 345-366 students.|
Romeo Roy Blanchette succeeded McNamara (1966-1979).
|Seminary Board||Joliet||IL||Executive Director 1975-1977|
|1965||1979||St. Thaddeus'||Joliet||IL||2/2 In residence 1965-1973. Pastor 1973-1979 (First priest listed was Pastor Emeritus).||St. Thaddeus' had a school with 170-108 students.|
|1964||1969||Synodal Examiners and Parish Priest Consultors||Joliet||IL|
Joseph Leopold Imesch replaced Blanchette as Joliet bishop (1979-2006).
|1983||Auxiliary Bishop||Joliet||IL||Ryan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet August 13, 1981, and was consecrated September 30, 1981|
|1979||1982||St. Michael's||Wheaton||IL||1/2, 1/3||St. Michael's had a school with 415-551 students.|
|1982||1983||Montini High School||Lombard||IL||The 1983 Directory indexes Ryan's residence as 19 W. 070 16th St., Lombard, IL. A 2012 google search shows this to be the address for Montini High School.|
Daniel L. Ryan was Springfield bishop (1983-1999).
• Ryan was accused in a 1999 lawsuit of having solicited sex from a 15 year-old boy in 1984. The accusations became public in 2002. The bishop allegedly offered the boy a ride in his car, took him to the rectory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, offered the boy $50.00 to take off his clothes and to let Ryan massage him with baby oil. Ryan's accuser said the bishop offered him a ride a subsequent time, but the boy declined. Ryan denied the allegations.
• Another man accused Ryan in 1999 of having paid him for sex when the man was a 16 and 17 year-old boy, and that he accompanied the bishop on trips through the 1980s and into the late 1990s.
• A former priest of the diocese of Springfield complained in 2002 that Ryan harrassed him sexually when he was a seminarian; he said he was afraid to refuse Ryan's advances because he wanted to be ordained. The man also said he and the bishop traveled together extensively before and after the man's ordination, and that the sexual encounters occurred from 1984-1988.
Ryan was named Bishop of Springfield, IL November 22, 1983. He was installed January 18, 1984.
In 1986 Ryan announced he was an alcoholic and attended a treatment program for three months.
In 1997 and again in 1999 Ryan denied reports that he had engaged in "sexual impropriety".
|October 1999||September 2002||Retired||Springfield||IL||
Ryan abruptly retired in October 1999, at the age of 69, the day after he was accused in a civil lawsuit of knowing that one of his priests had abused a young male, but doing nothing about it.
Ryan went to live in Springfield's home for retired priests. He worked as a substitute for vacationing priests, said mass for sisters in convents, and presided over confirmations in the Springfield and Joliet dioceses.
|September 2002||December 2015||Joliet||IL||
Ryan stepped down from public ministry in September 2002 after the allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a 14 or 15-year-old boy in 1984.
A diocesan investigation concluded in 2006 that "Ryan engaged in sexual misconduct with adults and used his authority to conceal this misconduct."
As of 2006 Ryan was living at an assisted living facility in Joliet.
Ryan died December 31, 2015.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1957-1983)
• Bishop Steps down, Threatened Suit Not a Factor, Diocese Says, By Ralph Loos and Sean Dailey, State Journal-Register(Springfield, IL), October 20, 1999