Ryan, 22, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Ryan is a recent graduate of Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. While at Marquette, Ryan participated in the all-male a cappella group, the liturgical choir and various intramural sports and led retreats. Ryan first encountered the Society of Jesus at Marquette, where he began discerning his call to the Jesuit priesthood. Ryan enjoys singing and playing piano and guitar. He also likes to play board games, card games and many sports, including disc golf and ping-pong.