Patrick’s family emigrated to the United States. At 21 he entered the seminary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Ordained in 1869. Worked in several mission churches, and then assigned to be the parish priest at the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, Tennessee; he still had five mission churches, and travelled endlessly. Worked to bring the Dominican Sisters to his city to open schools. When a yellow fever epidemic hit his city in 1878, most of the residents fled, but Father Patrick stayed to minister to the sick, the dying and those who could not leave. His Cause for Canonization has opened.
- 8 September 1878 in Chattanooga, Tennessee of yellow fever
- buried at the church of Saints Peter and Paul on Lindsay St, Chattanooga
- re-re-interred in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, East Ridge, Tennessee in 1884
Father Ryan was a man of holiness and a man of Christ who through his efforts to minister to the sick became sick himself. He gave his life for people in trouble. – Bishop Richard Stika, Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee
- “Father Patrick J Ryan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 September 2016. Web. 28 March 2017. <>