Father G. Philip Ryan

Born: Fri., May 26, 1950
Died: Wed., Feb. 17, 2016

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Thu., Feb. 25, 2016
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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Father G. Philip Ryan

Father G. Philip Ryan, age 65, of Eatonton, Georgia, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Born May 26, 1950 in Kilkenny Ireland, Father Ryan was the third child of Godfrey Laurence and Patricia Dalton Ryan.  He began his career in catering, then moved into hotel management and managed several prominent Irish hotels over a seventeen year career.  Father Ryan entered St. John’s Seminary in Waterford and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on May 12, 1988.  His first assignment as a priest was Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann in Lilburn.  Following that, he was appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens where he served eighteen months before being named Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Washington, GA, including Purification Church in Sharon and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elberton.  In September of 2002 he was assigned Pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Griffin, GA.  In June of 2005, he was named Pastor of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church in Greensboro, GA where he served until July of 2014.

Father Ryan is survived by brothers John Ryan (Eileen) and Patrick Ryan (Laura) of Kilkenny Ireland; 6 nephews, 2 nieces; a number of great nieces and nephews; and 2 special uncles, Billy and Frank also of Kilkenny.  He was predeceased by his mother and father and a sister, Angela.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 PM in Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA  30328.  A vigil will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Al Rosencrance
   Posted Thu February 18, 2016
He was a very nice man had only knew him about a year but was always cheerful and glad to see everyone He will be missed R I P Faher Phillp

Fr. Chet Artysiewicz
   Posted Sat February 20, 2016
May your priestly service and Christian witness live on in the hearts of all those you ministered to in your lifetime. Well done good and faithful servant. Now enter into the joy your Master's has prepared for you.

Patrick Murphy
   Posted Mon February 22, 2016
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Father Philip Ryan. Philip and I graduated from the Shannon College of Hotel Management in 1972 . Unfortunately, we lost contact over the years and I had not known that he become a priest. I will always remember Philip as a very kind, sincere and amicable man. My condolences to his family and friends on his passing. May he rest in peace.

David and Susan Garrett
   Posted Mon February 22, 2016
Our deepest sympathies, for your loss. Father Ryan welcomed us to COKAS and made us feel like we were home with family

Patricia O'Bryant and Emma O'Bryant
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
Father Ryan was our pastor a St. Mary's in Elberton for several years. He could always put a smile on your face. My mother loved to talk with him, as she herself was a native of Ireland--Strabane. They understood each other's Irish humor--and witty remarks. My daughter received bother her First Communion and Confirmation from Father Ryan. She also served as an altar girl during his time with us. Father Ryan was truly missed when he left us, as he will be truly missed by all.

Dave and Lori
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016
We are sadden by the loss of Father Ryan. We loved his sense of humor and abilities to relate his sermons to everyday life.

Our loss is God's gain. Rest in peace Father.

Lorene J. DeLisle
   Posted Fri February 26, 2016
Love and Blessings

Fredrick Ryan
   Posted Tue March 01, 2016
Forever in our hearts and prayers.

Noel O'Mahony
   Posted Fri March 18, 2016
So sorry to hear of this. I was at St Johns for two years with Philip. A genuinely lovely man. Will be missed by all who knew him.

Austin Webb
   Posted Fri April 01, 2016
(Please see the picture I've uploaded of Father Ryan at our house for context on this story.)

You might not know it, but this is one of my wife's favorite photos. I was dressed up as an Indian for Thanksgiving at school, and I was angry because I thought Thanksgiving was going to be about presents. Instead, I found out it was about food.

That's why my wife loves this photo. But I've always loved this photo because of the man sitting next to me in it - from Kilkenny, Ireland, the Very Reverend Father Godfrey Philip Ryan, or as my brothers and I called him, Uncle Ryan.

Growing up Catholic, we had a close connection to this priest, and he was close to the family, too. I remember many nights he would visit and with his light-hearted wit and kind nature, we would literally grab hold of his legs and beg him not to go. He and my father always enjoyed drinking Irish whiskey together, staying up late nights and talking philosophically while he chain smoked like a chimney. But we weren't the only people in his life - he treated his flock at St. John Neumann with a warm friendship you usually only find from family. One of my favorite memories was hearing him greet parishioners, shouting "Good to see ya! Good to see ya!" on Sunday mornings after mass, hugging, shaking hands, asking after families and visiting. He was a good man.

Like a shepherd, he herded many flocks throughout Georgia; I believe his final parish was somewhere near Lake Oconee. And I'm ashamed to say that I lost touch with him over the years - but his laughter and friendship was always in my mind, in my heart.

Last night, sitting on the porch with my brother, Chris and I found out via obituary that Father Ryan passed away on February 17th, 2016, at the age of 65.

My heart is incredibly heavy today - this was a man who was as much a part of my childhood as any of my real family members. But the truth of it is, he was a real family member. With his kind spirit and a deep love for his people, he was always there to talk, to pray, to laugh and to comfort you when you cried.

I'll miss you, Father Ryan. Always and forever. Thank you for being such a wonderful man and influence on my life.

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand."