1986: Bishop Joseph F. Ryan

Bishop Ryan

Bishop Emeritus Anthony Tonnos has stated that, “Bishop Ryan was a native son of Hamilton, an exceptional priest and bishop. There is not a Catholic in our diocese that has not been touched in some way by his foresight and strong leadership during years of great growth and change in the church. His devotion to Catholic education and to the poor, the needy and the unborn and elderly was his great gift to the Church and to all the people of our diocese, our province, and all of Canada.”

Bishop Ryan started Hamilton’s Catholic Children’s Aid Society in 1953 and opened up CYO’s Camp Brebeuf in Rockwood, ON in 1941.