2021 VFW Essay Contest Winner
Steven Vanden Noven '22 placed 1st in the District and 3rd in the State in the 2021 VFW Essay Contest. Congratulations Steven and thank you for such a reflective and thought-provoking essay. 

Click below to read Steven's winning essay. 
    • Steven Vanden Noven '22

Each year in November, on the Friday that falls nearest to Veterans Day, Father Ryan hosts a Veterans Breakfast. This event, which is always so inspiring and special, features a veteran from our community as the keynote speaker and sees veterans from our area gather for a great meal and an even better time. 

This year, due to the pandemic, we've had to cancel this in-person event, yet our celebration of our veterans continues. Every veteran that we had records for in our community - alumni, parents, and grandparents - received a care package with a Father Ryan protective face mask and a commemorative pin. They were asked to send in photos of themselves in the masks, and you can view the photos below. 

We also have a few special video messages for the veterans in our community, and all the veterans in our country, below. 

To all who have served, we thank you. You are true heroes.
Thank You to Our Veterans
The Faces of Service
Veterans Day Reflection from Mr. Lancaster
English teacher Mr. Randy Lancaster '83 wrote an op-ed for the Veterans Day issue of The Tennessean on the importance of Veterans Day and the Voices of Democracy essay contest.
National Salute to Father Ryan WWII Veterans
Andy Telli of The Tennessee Register wrote a fascinating story on how WWII affected Catholic families in Nashville. Father Ryan alumni Connie Summers '39 and John Burns '44 (above) are featured in the piece, which was carried this week in the national Catholic press.
Veterans Day Celebrations from Past Years