Father Stephen M. (Raymond) Ryan, 88, a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, died Aug. 19. There will be a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Chapel at Laurelhurst Village.

He was a member of the Servite Community at the Grotto Monastery of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland and resided at The Gardens at Laurelhurst Village, Portland. He was a professed friar for 67 years and a priest for 62 years.

Father Stephen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, March 20, 1929, the son of Lawrence and Mary Agnes (Moran) Ryan. After graduating from St. Philip High School in Chicago, he entered the Servite Order Aug. 22, 1948 at Mount St. Philip, Granville, Wisconsin, where he made his novitiate and professed first vows Aug. 28, 1949. He studied philosophy (1949-1951) and theology (1951-1955) at the Servite seminary, Our Lady of the Forest, Stonebridge Priory, Lake Bluff, Illinois. He professed solemn vows Oct. 4, 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Bernard Sheil, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, May 15, 1955.

Father Stephen went on to complete a masters degree in philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago (1960) and a masters in education and administration at Chapman College, Orange, California. (1965). In his early years of ministry, he served as an educator and administrator of Servite schools in Illinois, California and Perth, Australia. In 1967 he was elected the first prior provincial of the new Servite Province of the Western United States, an office which he held for two terms. Afterward, he continued to serve as an instructor and principal of Servite High School in Anaheim, California, and as formation director for temporary professed theology students at Paolo Sarpi Priory in Berkeley, California.

In 1982, Father Stephen was assigned to the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, “The Grotto,” where he served as prior and co-director, then as director of ministry. In 1987 he began a new ministry as chaplain at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland until 1991. He continued as chaplain and director of pastoral care at Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from 1991 until 2003. During that time he also served a term as elected president and chair of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (1999-2000). Upon completing his years in chaplaincy ministry, Father Stephen returned to Oregon in 2004 as administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Cottage Grove, where he happily ministered until 2012. Upon retirement, he lived at Laurelhurst Village in Portland, continuing to serve as a priest, brother, friend and counselor to many in his retirement community.

Interment will take place in the Servite Cemetery at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, “the Grotto.”