His name was Rev. John Ryan, formerly curate of the Catholic parish of Ashton-under-Lyne, near the city of Manchester.
He was for the present the guest of Father Hamilton, pastor of St. Mary's, Charlestown.
He had left his English mission to carry the comforts of religion to the Irish emigrants, thousands of whom had settled in America since the famine.
Without delay the leading spirits of that stalwart generation in Medford and Malden met in council and decided to ask the Rt. Rev. Bishop Fitzpatrick to give them Father Ryan.
They waited upon Father Hamilton to present their address to the Bishop, which he did, and the request was granted.
Father Doherty discontinued his visits to Medford, and in November, 1854, Father Ryan received his appointment to the new parish.
It included Malden, Medford, Melrose, South Reading (now Wakefield), Reading, Stoneham and Winchester.
The first Mass was said in Greene's Hall, on the corner of Pleasant and Middlesex streets in Malden.