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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17., The Roman Catholic Church in Medford. (search)
ard that a priest had newly arrived from the English mission. His name was Rev. John Ryan, formerly curate of the Catholic parish of Ashton-under-Lyne, near the cityt 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, w. Father Doherty discontinued his visits to Medford, and in November, 1854, Father Ryan received his appointment to the new parish. It included Malden, Medford, Metimated that more than two hundred Catholics were present on that occasion. Father Ryan called his people together and told them a building was needed at once for aor to the ceiling and were banked on either side of, and behind, the altar. Father Ryan, having just returned from Reading, where he had celebrated Mass, found the the same in proper order and insured for the benefit of the Town. In 1863 Father Ryan died, borne down by the weight of his toil and labor. He was succeeded by t