Born in Omaha, NE on September 26, 1973, Ryan Patrick Lewis was raised on a farm near Valley, NE. He is the son of Roxie Winkler Lewis and the late Terry Lewis. He has an older brother, Thomas. Fr. Lewis attended Mount Michael Benedictine High School, graduating in 1991. He was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Omaha, and attended St. John Vianney College Seminary on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. He graduated from St. Thomas in 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Catholic Studies.
Fr. Lewis was chosen to continue his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, studying at the Jesuit-led Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest on June 5, 1999 by Archbishop Elden Curtiss at the Cathedral of St. Cecilia in Omaha, NE.
After a summer as Assistant Pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Omaha, Fr. Lewis returned to Rome to take advanced studies at the Dominican-led Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 2000.
Returning to the Archdiocese of Omaha in 2000, Fr. Lewis was assigned as Associate Pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Omaha, with additional duties as Chaplain at Roncalli Catholic High School.
From 2002-04, Fr. Lewis was assigned to further studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. There, he earned a Licentiate in Canon Law in 2004. While living in Washington, Fr. Lewis was the weekend assistant at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Fr. Lewis returned to Omaha in 2004 and was appointed as a Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal and as chaplain of Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School.
From 2005-2009, Fr. Lewis served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha. In 2006, he was additionally appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Omaha.
In 2009, Archbishop George Lucas appointed Fr. Lewis the fifth pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha. In addition, he continues to serve as a judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal and as Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Omaha, and is chaplain to the Omaha chapter of Legatus. Fr. Lewis serves on the boards at Daniel J. Gross High School in Bellevue, NE, at Together, Inc., a homelessness prevention agency in Omaha, and at the University of St. Thomas' Center for Catholic Studies in St. Paul, MN.
Fr. Lewis is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers.