Augustinian Father William Ryan died June 19 in Ojai, California, surrounded by his community. There will be a funeral Mass in Ojai and he will be buried in the San Diego Augustinian Cemetery.

Father Ryan was pastor of All Souls Parish, Myrtle Creek, and its mission, Holy Family in Glendale, from 1989 to 2017. There will be a memorial Mass at All Souls at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

Before his appointment at All Souls, Father Ryan served as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Medford, from 1981 to 1988.

Father Ryan celebrated his golden jubilee in 2016. At that time, the Sentinel noted that five or six days a week throughout the winter, he could be found sleeping in his parish hall in Myrtle Creek. The hall houses the parish’s warming center. The center, which he was instrumental in creating, provides food and shelter for the area’s homeless population on cold nights.

Social justice was always an important part of Father Ryan’s life. He joined the Order of St. Augustine in 1957 and was ordained in 1966. As part of the order, he taught in schools from Philadelphia to Ojai.

Not long after his ordination, he took to protesting the unjust wages of the housekeeping and cooking staff at a house in which he resided with his fellow priests. His protest was not just a verbal one. He joined the workers outside of the house each day to picket with them. Eventually, the staff members’ wages were raised. His level of involvement in the community never wavered.

Father Ryan grew up in Albany, New York, where his father worked in government.

During his 35 years in southern Oregon, Father Ryan helped to establish the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Medford, Myrtle Creek and Glendale. He was also key in the establishment of St. Rita Retreat Center in Gold Hill.