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R.I.P. Fr. John Lynch

June 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Fr. John Lynch passed away from this life into the next on Saturday, June 4th. Father’s many assignments during his 50 years as a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rochester include: St. Mary (Corning), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Nativity (Brockport), St. Jerome (E. Rochester), St. Charles Borromeo (Elmira Heights), St. Stanislaus (Bradford), St. Joseph (Campbell), Ss. Theresa/Stanley/Mary (Rushville), and St. James (Irondequoit).

Since his retirement as Pastor of St. James, Father has served at St. Anne and Our Lady of Lourdes. I think I will remember Fr. Lynch best for the time he stood up to Sr. Joan Sobala when she insisted on delivering the homily. Father is quoted as saying: “Sister, you aren’t giving the homily today – I am. I wrote it, I memorized it, I’m delivering it.” God bless him!

According to a reader, Father will lie in state at St. Anne church this Wednesday evening, with a Funeral Mass to be held on Thursday. Details concerning times will be added when they become available.

Please keep this servant of Christ in your prayers. He was a good one.

Update: Father will lie in state from 4-7 PM Wednesday @ St. Anne in Rochester. His funeral Mass will be Thursday @ 10:30 AM with Bishop Clark presiding.

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13 Responses to “R.I.P. Fr. John Lynch”

  1. avatar Jim says:

    Jim M. here: Thanks for the info, Dr. K. He sounds like the kind of priest that I could relate to! Rest in Peace, Fr. Lynch.

  2. avatar jb says:

    He will be greatly missed! He baptized my daughter at St. Anne and was a wonderful homilist. May he be at peace in the arms of Christ forever.

  3. avatar Diane Harris says:

    I did not know Fr. Lynch, but I called around a bit today to let my friends at St. Theresa in Stanley and St. Mary in Rushville know about his passing and funeral plans. Fr. Lynch pastored these two parishes for about 13 years. People were sad to hear of his passing, spoke highly of his care for the people, his frugality with the people’s money, and often mentioned was that he didn’t play “favorites” or have an “inner circle.”

    Boy, things really changed under Fr. Ring, much for the worse. A wedge was driven between parishes which previously called themselves “sister” parishes, as they were forced to compete for survival. Money just got milked outinto Penn Yan, with almost no visible accounting, errors etc. And the circle of groupies grew. It made me wonder how much Fr. Lynch could have known about these later goings on in the farce called OLOL, and if it saddens a priest who gives so much of himself to see a successor priest in effect destroy his work? I think our good priests suffer more than we know. God bless them!

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    I am sorry to hear that Fr. Lynch passed away. He was a good priest and you could tell that by his sermons. He endured the turmoil at St. Anne’s when Joan destroyed things and remained there despite the manure that was spread. Perhaps that contributed to his poor health. Thank you for what you did Father Lynch. May he rest in peace.

  5. avatar Bruce says:

    May God bless Father Lynch! May God also give Joan the wisdom to see the error of her ways and the lie that is modern feminism. Men and women are different, Joan, and just as a man makes a lousy mother, a woman makes a lousy father. Different doesn’t mean less. It means different.

  6. avatar TD says:

    Fr. Lynch’s body will lie in state at Saint Anne’s on Wednesday, June 8, 4-7 pm followed by a vigil service at 7:30 pm.

    His funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 9, 10:30 am with Bishop Matthew Clark as presider.

  7. avatar Giovanni says:

    Rest in peace Father! You will be sorely missed.

    I will always remember your unique way of sharing the sign of peace followed by a sincere thank you!

    Soar with eagles!

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    I will miss his disapproving sneer

  9. avatar Eliza10 says:

    “I will miss his disapproving sneer” Watch out – he’s probably praying for you.

  10. avatar Bruce says:

    Anony-24541, or probably “Joanie” herself…listen, it is one thing to hate the Church and try to play priest from within, knowing that the reality of you being ordained is an impossibility…but it is a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish to libel the dead. I guess it goes to show you how unChristian these lady priests really are. We will pray for you, and may God give you a bolt of wisdom to wise you up.

  11. avatar Anonymous says:

    No no…I will miss his sneer whenever Joanie would so something ridiculous! He had the most delightful disapproving sneer for that woman!

  12. avatar Giovanni says:

    A link to Fr. Lynch’s Funeral information on the Our Lady of Lourdes | St. Anne website:

    http://www.ourladyoflourdessaintanne.org/singleitem/486

  13. God Bless you Fr. Lynch for your words of solace and encouragement. May you be welcomed by the Father, (through the with intercession of Jesus) “Well done good and faithful servant.”


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