Very Rev. Michael Ryan

Very Rev. Michael RyanSaint James Cathedral, Seattle WA
Workshop A5: The First Years of Cathedral Ministry

Ryan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Saint Thomas Seminary in Kenmore. He attended the North American College in Rome, completed his graduate theological studies at the Gregorian University, and was ordained a priest in 1966. In 1977, Ryan was appointed Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Vicar General. He served in those capacities until 1988, when he was appointed Pastor of Saint James Cathedral. In 1994, Ryan oversaw the renovation and restoration of the Cathedral. Under his leadership, the Cathedral parish has tripled in size since the renovation, drawing families from more than 180 zip codes.

Father Michael G. Ryan was born in Seattle and attended St. Anne’s grade school. He graduated from high school at St. Edward’s Seminary in Kenmore and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore. He attended the North American College in Rome, completed his graduate theological studies at the Gregorian University there and, on December 17, 1966, was ordained a priest at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. In 1977 Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen appointed him as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Vicar General. He served in those capacities until 1988 when the same Archbishop appointed him Pastor of St. James Cathedral where he continues to serve. In 1994, Father Ryan oversaw the nationally acclaimed renovation and restoration of the Cathedral. Under his leadership, St. James Cathedral has gained a national reputation for its liturgy and outreach programs.

Workshop Presentation

The First Years of Cathedral Ministry
Cathedral ministry is a unique form of pastoral ministry. This presentation, facilitated by two experienced pastors, will focus on the challenges and exciting possibilities that come with pastoring a cathedral community. The presenters will share some of their key insights but the heart of the workshop will be responses to questions submitted in advance by those intending to participate. Here’s your chance both to get ideas and to share ideas. Presenters: Father Michael G. Ryan, Pastor, St. James Cathedral, Seattle and Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, former Pastor, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles.