Ryan, Frederick C.

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                                      MONSIGNOR FREDERICK C. RYAN
                                   Craigville couple recall Father “Doctor”

Cures from the tonics and treatment of the late Monsignor Frederick C. Ryan were well known on the Miramichi and beyond its boundaries. People in the area still speak of the results of his miracle medicines.

Ordained in 1904, Father Ryan became a parish priest in the missions of Victoria County, Bluebell, Perth, Maliseet and Plaster Rock.

He became inspector of Indian schools in Victoria County. When transferred to Red Bank he also took on the duties of inspecting the Indian schools in the Miramichi area. Working with the Indian people who sought not only spiritual aid but medical aid as well, he became a self-made physician as there were no doctors in the area.

Studied Herbs

He studied the works of Dr. Kniephe, a German herbologist and that’s how he became interested in herbs. He also collected Indian remedies. He became a doctor to residents of the missions in order to help people. The results of his treatment spread throughout the country and Monsignor Ryan became so busy that he had to set aside regular hours for seeing people.

Alfred Lynch and his wife of Craigville who were both cured of skin cancer approximately 25 years ago celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary recently.

“Mrs. Lynch had skin cancer of the face. Her husband had skin cancer of the breast. Father Ryan prescribed peroxide and it had to be applied night and day.

The Women’s institute in Craigville helped purchase the peroxide as it took five to six gallons per day. They also aided in apply the treatment which took six months prior to the affected nipple being removed. The breast was replaced by soft clear skin and a new nipple,” Mrs. Frank Murphy, a neighbor said.

Monsignor Ryan served people from all walks of life. He was a regular guest of the Colgate toothpaste family at their camp in Sevogle.

Born in Westmorland County, the healer moved as a young boy to Kouchibouguac and studied at St. Joseph’s College, Memramcook and Grand Seminar, Montreal. He lived for many years at his home in Sunny Corner prior to moving to Mount St. Joseph, Chatham, and remained there ten years until his death in May 1973.


Three grapefruit, three oranges, three lemons.

Extract the juice. Put skins of grapefruit, oranges and lemons through meat grinder. Pour over this, one quart of boiling water. Let stand all night. Strain in the morning. Add juice. In another dish add Epsom salts, two ounces of cream of tartar. Add one pint of boiling water to salts till dissolved. Add to the fruit juice. Cool, keep in the fridge. Take a wine glass each morning before breakfast.


One dozen eggs (complete with shells); one dozen lemons (juice).

Mix these two ingredients together and let stand for 24 hours. Stir often. In the morning strain and add half bottle of old Jamaica Rum, one quart of cod liver oil, and one pint of honey. Stir and take a wine glass full three times a day.


Put the following into a glass dish or jar: One quarter cup of kerosene oil; ¼ cup of turpentine; ¼ cup of olive oil; 5 tsp. of mustard and 2 tsp. of baking soda.

Then add to the above 3 tablespoons of very coarse salt. Pick out the large grains of salt. Do not let any of the fine salt get into this mixture as it will float.

Scratch your skin while rubbing on. When rub in not in use, stir frequently. Keep airtight and in a dark, cool place.

Rub parts affected five or six times a day until cured. Rub with force and quickly so as to give friction.

Wear old woolen underclothing night and day. The underclothing will become soaked in rub, thus causing it to penetrate the parts effected more readily.


Fifteen or 20 Senna leaves with one cup of boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes.

Local newspaper clipping

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