We have received the upsetting news that Fr. Ryan Stawaisz died on 21 June.
As many of you will remember Fr. Ryan and his family were active members of St. Joseph’s in the late 1990s. Ryan and his brother Ross were altar servers and the whole family were involved in various gardening, maintenance and social activities.
On their return to Houston, Ryan suffered a very aggressive form of cancer with which he battled for years. During that time he kept an uplifting blog which was an inspiration to many who read it. Ryan felt called to the priesthood and, suffering several cancer setbacks, was eventually ordained two years ago. The cancer returned for the last time earlier this year and Fr. Ryan now rests in peace.
Father Ryan’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on June 29th at 17:00 UK time. The Mass is available to watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/W6ydAnc30u0.
There is a moving 4-minute tribute to Fr. Ryan on YouTube at https://youtu.be/szZeRC2NNU8
Please pray for Fr Ryan and his family.