Dear Riordan Community,

On Friday, our esteemed Director of Development John Ring was honored as Hibernian of the Year by San Francisco’s Hibernian Newman Club, an organization that for six decades has supported Irish-American culture and Catholic schools in the Bay Area and nationally. John is the 50th recipient of this award, and is in good company with fellow honorees Jack McCloskey ’55, current trustee Kevin Ryan, and past trustee Mary Callanan.

Before a crowd of more than 800 people, John’s family, friends and fellow Hibernians celebrated the enduring impact he has made on San Francisco, and particularly his work with organizations such as the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, the Pomeroy Center, and schools such at Riordan and St. Ignatius. There is no one more deserving of this award than John, nor a more humble recipient.

Archbishop Riordan High School is a true beneficiary of John’s many gifts and talents. Under his fundraising leadership, the school has made much needed upgrades to multiple programs and facilities, including renovating the gym and this summer’s installation of a new turf field. Plain and simple, the work of John and his team has helped us write a new chapter in the history of the school.

Moreover, John is a true Irish gentleman who finds friends in all places, connects easily with people of all beliefs and backgrounds, and advocates on behalf of those in need. He works tirelessly each and every day on behalf of the young men of Riordan to ensure that they have the best possible opportunities, and we are deeply grateful for his efforts. Enjoy this short video tribute from the Hibernian event that highlights many of John’s good works, but by no means all of them.

On behalf of the entire Riordan community, including alumni, Riordan’s Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and John’s colleagues in the Development Office, we congratulate him on this tremendous honor of Hibernian of the Year.


Dr. Andrew Currier, President