Assignment Record – Rev. Cornelius J. Ryan, c.s.c.

Summary of Case: A Holy Cross priest of the Indiana Province ordained in 1966, Ryan lived and worked in Africa until 1999, when he returned to Indiana. In June 2013 Ryan was serving as administrator of a Fort Wayne parish when he was removed due to what his superior deemed a "credible" allegation of the sexual abuse of a boy twenty years earlier in Africa. Ryan had been sent to the Ft. Wayne parish in December 2011, after the parish's previous pastor was removed due to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Ordained: 1966


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Fort Portal bishop was Vincent Joseph McCauley, c.s.c. (1961-1972), followed by Serapio Bwemi Magambo (1972-1991), and Paul Lokiru Kalanda (1991-2003).


Fort Portal

Ryan was accused in 2013 of the sexual abuse of a young male in Uganda twenty years previously. The order's superior said the accusation was "credible".

Uganda/East Africa   Ryan is known to have coached high school soccer.


Nairobi archbishop was Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki (1997-2007).

2002 Holy Cross Dandora Nairobi/Kenya assistant Holy Cross was a large urban parish.


Ft. Wayne-South Bend bishop was John Michael D'Arcy (1985-2009), followed by Kevin Carl Rhoades (2009-).

2011 St. Therese, Little Flower South Bend IN 2/3, 2/2, 1/2 St. Therese, Little Flower had a religious education program with 300-152 students.
2011 Dec. 2011 Our Lady of Fatima House Notre Dame IN    
Dec. 2011 2013 St. Joseph-Hessen Castle Ft. Wayne IN Administrator Ryan was removed from St. Joseph's June 10, 2013 after an accusation emerged that he had sexually abused a boy in Africa twenty years previously. Ryan had been sent to St. Joseph's in December 2011 after its then pastor was removed due to sexual abuse allegations.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1967-2012)

Local priest removed after 1990s sex abuse allegations, Rosa Salter Rodriguez, The Journal Gazette, June 20, 2013
Priest accused of abuse served in South Bend,, June 20, 2013
Rhoades plans Mass after priest’s ouster, by Rosa Salter Rodriguez, The Journal Gazette, June 21, 2013
Holy Cross International Justice Office newsletter

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This assignment record was last updated on June 22, 2013