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Ryland, Raymond Olin1942

D.O.D 03/20/2014 -
Ray Ryland was born March 7, 1921, in Crescent, Oklahoma to Harry and Dora Ryland.

He entered Phillips University and graduated with a B.A. degree in history in 1942. That same year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in World War II in the Pacific arena as a navigator on the aircraft carrier Nassau as a lieutenant.

He married Ruth Silvee a 1945 graduate. Ray earned his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary. He spent 13 years as an Episcopal clergyman. In 1963 he and his wife were received into the Catholic Church. He received a Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1969. While working on his dissertation he worked in religious education for the Catholic Diocese in Oklahoma.

They spent three weeks in Europe, thanks to an invitation to Ray to read a paper at an executive meeting of the Baptist World Alliance, in Baden, near Vienna. This was the first time a Roman Catholic had taken any part in the work of the Alliance. Ray took greetings to the Commission from the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity.

Ray was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in San Diego in 1983, after receiving a special dispensation of celibacy. He was assistant to the pastor of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and was a full-time professor of religion at the University of San Diego. He was a contributing Editor of Catholic Answers. He was also an attorney.

Ray had five children: Risa, Erica, Christopher, Timothy, and Mark. He died March 20, 2014 in Steubenville, Ohio.