Resolution J1705-2013

Mourning the death of The Reverend Monsignor Gerald Ryan, the oldest serving priest in New York City

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of The Reverend Monsignor
Gerald Ryan, the oldest serving priest in New York City

WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that  this  Legislative
Body records the passing of The Reverend Monsignor Gerald Ryan, on April
11,  2013,  at  the age of 93, noting the significance of his purposeful
life and accomplishments; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man  of  God  always  gave  enlightenment,
guidance  and  wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and administered
abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of  all;
and
  WHEREAS,  Monsignor Gerald Ryan, the oldest serving priest in New York
City and a beloved, vital figure in the  South  Bronx,  led  St.  Luke's
Church  for nearly 50 years; he remained at the church's helm during the
neighborhood's steep decline in the 1970s, working with community groups
to revive the area and secure affordable housing and a better quality of
life for its residents; and
  WHEREAS, Born in 1920 in Manhattan, Monsignor Gerald Ryan  moved  with
his  parents,  both  Irish  immigrants, to the Pelham Bay section of the
borough, where he was raised; he joined  the  priesthood  in  1945,  and
settled at St.  Luke's parish in 1966; and
  WHEREAS,  Dedicated,  Monsignor  Gerald Ryan was a true fixture in the
neighborhood; a leader in both the  Catholic  community  and  the  South
Bronx,  he  faithfully  continued to serve in the ministry even after he
reached the retirement age of 75 for priests; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion, Monsignor Gerald Ryan leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of The Reverend Monsignor Gerald Ryan, the oldest  serv-
ing priest in New York City; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of The Reverend Monsignor Gerald Ryan.

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