Meet a Reader: Ryan Bustle

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How you know me: I’ve had the honor of working for the Diocese of Peoria for the past 10 years.  I have just recently completed my 2nd year as the principal at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign.  I’ve been truly blessed with the opportunity to work as a teacher and administrator in our Catholic Schools, including Holy Trinity in Bloomington and St. Mary’s in Metamora, and I’ve worked with and met a lot of great families and co-workers. My wife Heather and I are members of Historic St. Patrick’s Parish in Bloomington.

Why I love reading: I love reading because it provides the opportunity to take your mind off of the things that might be bothering you.  Since the birth of my first child last February I’ve definitely had a renewed passion for reading because I love to see how intrigued our daughter is by books and how she lights up when we get to sit down and open up some of her favorites.  It is my favorite part of the day—there’s nothing more relaxing than that.

What I’m reading now: Right now my life is consumed with children’s books and I’m loving every minute of it.  I’m amazed how well done children’s books are now.  We are reading a lot of Dr. Seuss books
and Eric Carle books, but anything with bright, colorful illustrations is a favorite at our house.

Personally, I just started Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission by John R. Wood, a book given to me by our former Chaplain here at St. Thomas More, Fr. Robert Lampitt (now Pastor at St. Thomas in Philo).

My favorite book: My favorite book is called The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472 by Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  It is a great read, and based on the true story of a man falsely accused of murder.


The book also inspired the movie “Hurricane.” But the real reason it’s my favorite is that one of my best high school teachers found a way to get a stubborn high school kid (me) to pick up a book that would interest him and learn a little bit about what took place in our nation’s history.  I’m grateful to that teacher, and I’m grateful God has me working in high school education today.