A Salesian priest, Fr. Ryan earned his B.A. in philosophy from Don Bosco College in New Jersey and his M.A. in theology from the Josephinum Pontifical College in Ohio. He received a second master of arts degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University, Chicago.
Following his ordination on May 31, 1992, Fr. Ryan was named the coordinator of youth ministry at Don Bosco High School, N.J. and was also responsible for the Salesian Formation Program for three years.
Fr. Ryan also served as Provincial Coordinator of youth ministry and Vocations Director for the Salesians at Don Bosco.
Since 2010, Fr. Ryan has been Vocation Director for the Salesians in Tampa, FL.