Brendan Lynch, OFM
1913 – 1993
Fr. Brendan Lynch, OFM, was born on Sept. 26, 1913 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1935, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1939 and was ordained in 1941.
He was first assigned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he was a professor of mathematics for 25 years. He also served as dean of discipline and spiritual director. After a quarter of a century in education, Fr. Brendan left the classroom for pastoral ministry, serving in Boston, Americus, Ga., Little Falls, N.J., Greenwood Lake, N.J., Providence, R.I., Paterson, N.J., and New York City. He served as curator of Point Lookout, N.Y., for 10 years before his retirement in 1991. His final days were spent at Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx, N.Y.
Throughout his entire life — among students at Siena, laity in parishes and in the midst of the friars — Fr. Brendan was a gentle, low-key friar with a quiet sense of humor and a deep faith.
He died on Sept. 29, 1993 while on vacation in Falmouth, Mass. He was 80 years old, a professed friar for 57 years and a priest for 52 years.