David Francis Ryan - City Club of Chicago

David Francis Ryan

David Francis Ryan, City Club of Chicago board member

Fr. David Francis Ryan was ordained a priest at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Springfield, Illinois on June 2, 1979 for the Springfield Diocese. He offered his First Mass at his home parish, Our Savior, in Jacksonville, Illinois. He attended both the parish grade school and Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville. Fr. Ryan graduated from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with a B.A. in History.

Fr. Ryan studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri after he graduated from college. His first assignment as a priest was as Associate Pastor at St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey, Illinois in 1979. In 1982, Fr. Ryan was named Executive Director of the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Illinois as well as Associate Director of Catholic Charities for the Springfield Diocese. He also taught religion classes at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton for four years and served as chaplain for the school’s athletic teams.

Fr. Ryan was named Assistant Executive Director of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines in 1985 and incardinated as a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese in 1989 by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. While assigned to management and operations at Maryville, Fr. Ryan continued his education and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1994 from Chicago Loyola University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1996.

In December of 2003, Fr. Ryan was named Acting Executive Director of Maryville. For twenty years, Fr. Ryan served the Maryville Mission with Fr. John P. Smyth, the Executive Director, in advocating for the necessary programs and protection of abused, abandoned, and neglected youth in Chicago and Illinois through the twenty Maryville sites in Des Plaines, Chicago, Bartlett, Maywood, Durand and the summer camp in Eagle River, Wisconsin. At the time, Maryville was serving 1100 infants, children and youth with a staff of 900 and an annual budget of over $60,000,000. Fr. Ryan also served as Assistant Director of the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Chicago when appointed in 1991 by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.

From January through July of 2005, Fr. Ryan was assigned as Parochial Administrator of St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect, Illinois. He continued to assist at the parish until appointment as Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish, effective July 1, 2006.