Bishop Richard Ryan
Third Bishop of Sale - 1926-1957
The third Bishop of Sale was Bishop Richard Ryan, CM, a Vincentian , who previously served as Bishop of Geraldton in Western Australia.
The son of James Ryan and his wife Margaret, nee Ruth, he was born in Liverpool, England, on July 25, 1879.
After the final years of his secondary education at the Vincentian College at Castleknock, he entered the Vincentians on September 13, 1901, taking his vows on September 14, 1903. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1907, by Archbishop of Dublin William Joseph Walsh. Fr Ryan came to Australia soon after his ordination.
On January 30, 1923, Pope Pius XI appointed Fr Ryan as Bishop of Geraldton and he was consecrated a bishop at St Joseph’s Church, Malvern on July 29, 1923, by Archbishop Daniel Mannix of Melbourne. He co-consecrators were Bishop John McCarthy of Sandhurst and Bishop Michael O’Farrell CM of Bathurst.
The Pope translated Bishop Ryan to Sale on March 10, 1926. He was appointed Assistant Bishop at the Papal Throne and Count of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Pius XII on July 29, 1948.
Bishop Ryan died in June 16, 1957 in hospital in Melbourne and is buried in the crypt in Our Lady’s Chapel in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale.
Bishop Ryan used a couple of different coats of arms, one featuring a white lighthouse on rocks with a red background. The final version featured a coronet designating his appointment as Assistant Bishop on the Papal Throne and Count of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Pius XII by his papal brief dated July 29, 1948. The left hand side takes the lion holding a pointed cross and the three wavy stars from the Diocese of Sale arms, while the right hand side features three griffin heads. (The lion has been drawn with a head which could be mistaken for a griffin and its front leg also looks more like a griffin which may explain that for some years it was thought the diocese arms featured a griffin). The motto Evangelizare Pauperibus Misit Me translates as “He sent me to evangelise the poor" and appears on all of his coats of arms. The motto is a Vincentian motto which dates to the time of St Vincent and is based on Luke 4:18.