John J. Ryan

NameJohn J. RyanParish Priest
Date of Birth1926 
Date of Ordination1951 
Association with LUC1964-1978 
Position at LUCTheology faculty 
Date of incident, Location of IncidentUnknownUnknown
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 1 victim 
Case statusAccused 
Status of IndividualDeceased2000

The case of Fr. John J. Ryan is not well documented in the public record. The parish priest was born in 1925 in Chicago, and ordained to priesthood in 1951. He received a doctorate in theology from the University of Chicago in 1972. While pursuing his doctorate Ryan worked as a part-time instructor at Loyola University Chicago, where he became assistant professor of theology in 1973. He left Loyola for Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in the late 1970s.[1] Ryan passed away in 2000. After his death his diocese of Peoria, Illinois found substantial evidence of CSA against him. The diocesan list does not give a concrete year or place of the alleged abuse, only that Ryan was removed from active ministry at some point before his death. Therefore, it is unclear when or where the alleged abuse took place, whether Ryan was accused of one incident of child sexual abuse or of several.[2]

[1] “JOHN J. RYAN, 74; TAUGHT AT LOYOLA,” Chicago Tribune, accessed April 29, 2022,

[2] “Fr. John J. Ryan – BishopAccountability.Org,” January 30, 2020,