Victor Lynch, OFM
1904 – 1977
Br. Victor Lynch, OFM, was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Sept. 23, 1904. After graduating from St. Peter’s Preparatory School, he worked for nine years as a bank clerk.
Br. Victor was a tertiary brother for three years before entering the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1934. He professed temporary vows in 1935 and made his solemn profession in 1938.
For the first decade following his profession, Br. Victor served at St. Bonaventure College. He worked in the post office where his daily contact with students was the beginning of lifelong friendships. He also cared for the cemetery, and many students in need of financial assistance were assigned to help him.
Br. Victor served at St. Joseph’s in Winsted, Conn., for six years, and another six years at St. Francis of Assisi in New York City. His final active years were spent in Paterson, N.J., at St. Bonaventure Friary.
An arthritic condition forced him to retire to the infirmary at St. Bonaventure University, where he died on Aug. 17, 1977. Br. Victor was 72 years old and a professed friar for 41 years.