John J.X. Glynn, O.S.A.

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1907 – 1966 (March 3)

John Joseph Xavier Glynn was born on December 17, 1907, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Martin Glynn and Katherine McDonaugh. He was baptized on December 22, 1907 at Saint Mary’s Church, and attended the parish school and then Saint John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. He transferred to Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York as a postulant, and entered Our Mother of Good Counsel Novitiate. He made his profession of simple vows on August 16, 1927, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Villanova College in 1930, and his Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University in 1934. After the completion of theological studies at Augustinian College in Washington, D.C., he was ordained at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on June 13, 1933.

Father Glynn was first assigned to Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, California, from 1934 to 1936. From 1936 to 1944 he was vice-principal of Saint Rita’s High School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1944 he was appointed principal of Saint Thomas High School in Rockford, IL., where he remained until 1959, He, then, was rector, principal, and regent of studies at Saint Augustine Seminary in Holland, Michigan from 1959 until 1963.

After 30 years of ministry in the educational apostolate, Father Glynn was assigned to parochial work at Saint Clare of Monetfalco Parish, Chicago. Father Glynn collapsed while returning from a parish communion call and died at Holy Cross Hospital on March 3, 1966. He is buried in Saint Mary’s cemetery in Lawrence, MA.