Another step was taken Monday in the potential canonization of the Rev. Patrick Ryan as the diocese of Knoxville installed members of a group to lead the inquiry into the Chattanooga priest.
During two services at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Bishop Richard Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville created the committee, which includes the Rev. J. David Carter and Deacon Gaspar DeGaetano of Chattanooga, the Rev. John Orr, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Athens, Deacon Hicks Armor of Chattanooga, Rebecca Dempsey, Jennifer Morris and John Hilgeman.
The group will review Ryan's life and look for any reason why the priest should not be venerated to receive one of the highest honors in the church, Carter said.