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Ellen Ryan Miss Pat Run

Dear SHA Alumnae Community, 

We are mourning the passing of Ellen Ryan. As many of you know, Ellen built the women's sports program at St. Joseph's University. Before she went to St. Joes, Ellen worked at CDSSH for 16 years as Athletic Director, Coach and PE teacher. This week, as alumnae have shared their memories of Ellen with me, many have said how she influenced their lives and impacted who they are today. What an extraordinary person. 

I had the opportunity to get to know Ellen these past few years as she would come to school to work on the Miss Pat Run.  Her dedication to Sacred Heart, to her family and to athletics was so admirable. 

The funeral will be November 10 at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 10:30. Sacred Heart's choir will sing for the liturgy. 

Eternal rest grant unto Ellen, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. 

Deirdre Cryor
Head of School

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Ellen Ryan pictured with her family at the 2012 Miss Pat Run at Sacred Heart Academy.

Ellen Ryan