• Mass Times

• Coming Events

• Sacraments

• Ministries

• Parish Staff

• Consultative Bodies

• Photo Gallery

• Virtual Tour

• History

• Contribute


• Bulletin

• In Your Midst

• Pastor's Desk


• Becoming Catholic

• Bookstore

• Faith Formation

• Funerals

• Immigrant Assistance

• Liturgy

• Mental Health

• Music

• Outreach/Advocacy

• Pastoral Care

• Weddings

• Young Adults

• Youth Ministry




At the 10:00am and Noon Masses on Sunday, December 18, we marked the Golden Jubilee of Father Ryan's ordination to the priesthood, December 17, 1966, in St. Peter's Basilica.

Youth readers proclaimed the scriptures at the Masses.

Lining up for the Gospel procession

Read or listen to Father Ryan's homily here

At the conclusion of the 10:00am Mass, Mayor Ed Murray, who first met Father Ryan nearly fifty years ago, proclaimed December 18, 2016, "Father Ryan Day" in the City of Seattle.  Click here to listen.

Father Ryan has known Ed Murray since the mayor was 14 years old!

At the conclusion of Mass, two gifts were presented by the parish community to Father Ryan. On the left, a scrapbook of thanks, hopes, and wishes, from hundreds in the parish community and beyond. On the right, the parish set out to raise $50,000 for the Hunthausen Fund in honor of Father Ryan's Jubilee.  The Hunthausen Fund moves homeless families into permanent housing by providing grants for first and last months' rent and deposit. Hundreds contributed to the Fund, raising $155,500!

At the 10:00am Mass, the gifts were presented by Sister Anne Herkenrath;
at the Noon Mass, Bennett Buchholz did the presentation.

This is the text from which Sister Anne spoke.  Click here to listen!

Father Ryan, we all want to thank you and congratulate you on this milestone: fifty years of service to God’s holy people.

You have made an impact on every single one of us, and hundreds and thousands more. You’ve welcomed us, blessed us, challenged us, comforted us when we were grieving, and celebrated life’s greatest joys with us. There is no adequate way to thank you for what you’ve done. And we know you wouldn’t want us to make a “big deal” out of your fiftieth anniversary. But we do have a couple of gifts for you.

Instead of a more conventional Golden Jubilee gift, we have pooled our resources to give you something that honors and recognizes your priorities and your care for the poor.  In 2001, you established the Hunthausen Fund, which you named in honor of your mentor and hero, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. The fund helps move homeless families into permanent housing by providing grants for first and last month’s rent and deposit. Over the years, this fund has moved 600 families into permanent housing.

We set out to raise $50,000 in your honor. I’m sorry to say that we weren’t able to hit that number.  Instead, your parishioners and friends—hundreds of them—have contributed $155,552 for the Hunthausen Fund in your name.

We would also like to present to you a book of our prayers, memories, thanks, and best wishes for you.  We hope that in the days and months to come, as you take time to look at this scrapbook, you will realize just how much we love you and how much your ministry has impacted us. We join you in thanking God for the gift of your priestly vocation.

No caption needed!

At the 10:00am Mass, Father Ryan took special note of the presence of Father William Treacy, the senior priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Father Treacy was ordained in 1944 (!!); Father Ryan served Mass for him when he was a young boy.

At the conclusion of each Mass, the whole assembly prayed a prayer of blessing over Father Ryan:

God of love and mercy,
we thank you for the gifts of grace
you have poured out on so many people
through Father Ryan’s ministry.
We thank you for his fifty years of service,
for the sacraments he has celebrated with us and for us,
for the joys and sorrows he has shared with us.
We thank you for his wonderful achievements
during these fifty years,
and we praise you for his perseverance
in his vocation of love and service
through times of discouragement.
We thank you for his unfailing energy,
his enthusiasm for the Church,
his love of beauty and the arts,
his care for the poor, the vulnerable, and the sick,
his open and welcoming attitude,
and his deep respect for the holy people of God.
As he celebrates the fiftieth anniversary
of his Ordination,
renew your blessings to him.
May he know your living presence
in his life and ministry,
and be filled with the hope,
the love, the joy
and the freshness of the Gospel
for years to come.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Photo by Stephen Pace

Photo by Stephen Pace

The procession led the way to Cathedral Hall where a festive reception had been prepared.

At the Noon Mass, Father Ryan was joined by Father Jim Johnson, pastor of St. Jude Parish, Redmond. Father Jim served as Sacristan at the Cathedral during the time of the Cathedral's renovation.

Thank you, Father Ryan!

The receiving line!

Volunteers helped pass goodies and keep the line moving.

It was a wonderful day.  Ad multos annos, Father Ryan!

Special thanks to our Golden Jubilee planning group: Larry Brouse, Tami Kowal, Maria Laughlin, Glenn Lux, Margaret Lynch, Stephen Pace, Rose Southall, Melissa Williams.

Thanks to Margaret Lynch, Melissa Williams, and Swift & Savory Catering, for going above and beyond to make the reception so wonderful.



Return to St. James Cathedral Parish Website

804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303