Rev. Msgr. William Hugh Ryan

December 21, 1922September 26, 2014

Rev. Msgr. William Hugh Ryan born on December 21, 1922 in Creighton, Nebraska was called home to our Lord on September 26, 2014. He was the son of the late Joseph Patrick Ryan and Mary Virginia Watteyne. He was educated at St. Ludger's Academy, Creighton, Nebraska, St. John Minor Seminary, San Antonio, Texas and St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colorado. He was ordained Deacon in April, 1948 and Priest on May 27, 1948 by Bishop Hunkeler, in Grand Island, Nebraska. He was named Monsignor in the spring of 1975 by Bishop Sidney M. Metzger. Msgr. Ryan served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, June 1948 - May 1951; at St. Joseph Parish, June 1951 - June 1953; Served as Pastor at: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Las Cruces, NM July 1953 - June 1960; St. Genevieve and Holy Cross Parishes, Las Cruces, NM, July 1960 to May 1971; St. Matthew Parish, El Paso, Texas, April 1971 - August 1983; Our Lady of Peace Parish, Alpine, TX, September 1983 to August 1988; Immaculate Conception Parish, September 1988 until his retirement on August 27, 2006. Msgr. Ryan also served as Director of the Newman Club at NMSU in 1953; Member and Chairman of the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of El Paso; Vicar for the St. Thomas Vicariate and St. Peter Vicariate and was a member of the Presbyteral Council; he was one of the founding leaders of the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization. Msgr. Ryan is survived by his sister Patricia Luby, Omaha, Nebraska and his brother Jim Ryan, California. Visitation will be Monday, September 29, 2014 from 6 9 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa Street, with Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa Street, with Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz as main celebrant. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casitas San Mateo, home for retired priests for the Diocese of El Paso, 499 St. Matthews, El Paso, TX 79907. Services under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina Dr. 598-3332


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 29, 2014

  • Vigil Service

    Monday, September 29, 2014

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Rev. Msgr. William Hugh Ryan

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david reyes

October 8, 2014

RIP Father Bill

October 4, 2014

Descanse en paz, Padre Bill!

If you should run into my relatives who are enjoying eternal life, please hang around with them, and never forget to ask THE HIGH PRIEST Himself to help me, protect me, and guide me through this vale of tears.

RoseMary L.

Kelli Logan

October 1, 2014

RIP my dear friend!

October 1, 2014

Fr. Bill,
Thank you for your generous love and care for my mother Frances, Richard, Melanie, Bill & me. We love you & know you are with our beloved God held in His loving heart for eternity. We are so grateful to the Holy Spirit for gifting us with you in our lives.

We love you, Richard and boys Ricky & John, Melanie, Bill & Delia

Judy Frost

September 30, 2014

Miss you much Father Ryan. You were a great priest and my daughter and I learned much about faith through you. RIP.

Rick Melendrez

September 30, 2014

Monsignor Ryan, El Paso, thanks you.

September 30, 2014

Fr. Bill,
Gil and I will always miss you, not only
as spiritual advisor, but also a trusted friend.

Gil & Mary Werner

September 30, 2014

Dear Father, we will never forget your love and kindness! David and Cissy Castro, OFS

Jessica Dorn

September 30, 2014

Father Bill you were an amazing man and you will be missed dearly.

Mario Lewis

September 29, 2014

Thank you Monsignor for your efforts on behalf of social justice in the diocese of El Paso. Your moral leadership gave those whom you worked with the courage to perceiver.