LEFT: The support and encouragement of Agnes Ryan led many men to enter the priesthood.
RIGHT: From her modest home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ryan served as a modern “missionary at large.”
"A Truck Driver Became a Priest with Her Help"
Agnes Ryan, a determined woman working out of her small Milwaukee home, was honored for the mission work she did through the society she formed with other lay Catholics and religious called Our Blessed Lady of Victory. Working with limited means, the 78-yearold Ryan helped establish mission churches, schools and clinics. She also published and distributed Catholic literature and aided young men in becoming priests.
Ryan had the gift of putting people in touch with each other. When a young truck driver in Milwaukee admitted to Ryan that he had once thought of being a priest, she arranged a job for him in Rome transporting visiting priests and dignitaries. He soon decided to pursue a calling to the priesthood. Said her cousin, “Agnes moves mountains because she knows how to match people to needs.” Agnes Ryan gave her life to mission work in the Church and was considered a modern “missionary at large.”
Postscript: Agnes Ryan died in 2006.