Msgr. John M. Ryan – Diocese of Buffalo

Msgr. John M. Ryan 

Diocese of Buffalo

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 2001

Suspended: 2018

Known Assignments:

  • Queen of Heaven Church (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1975-1981 Superintendent of Catholic Schools 
  • St. Benedict

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations againt Msgr. John M. Ryan: 

Msgr. John M. Ryan was the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Buffalo from 1975 until 1981. He retired in 2001, but has recently been accused of molestation by two separate plaintiffs. The first complaint of abuse happened in May of 2018, by a man who claimed that John Ryan molested him beginning when he was an altar boy in the 1980’s. He was only 11 or 12-years-old at the time of the abuse. After the application from the man came to the Buffalo Diocese program that compensates victims of clergy abuse, it had prompted Ryan’s suspension from celebrating mass and other priestly functions. A year later, the second victim to come out with allegations against Msgr. Ryan was a Pennsylvania woman who claimed he had also repeatedly molested her, stemming all the way back to the 1950’s. At the time, she was a parishioner at Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca and just 6-years-old. The abuse had continued on until she was 11, and only stopped when Msgr. Ryan was moved to another parish. Both lawsuits are being filed under the Child Victims Act in New York. Bishop Richard J. Malone has also yet to decide whether Ryan committed the alleged abuse and should be further punished. 

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