Patrick A. Lynch, O.S.A.

1849 – 1927 (May 6)

Patrick Augustine Lynch was born in Thomastown, County Galway, Ireland, on February 1, 1849 to Thomas Lynch and Maria Cullinane. He immigrated to the United States in September, 1863, and entered the novitiate from Lawrence, Massachusetts, at Villanova, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1875. He professed simple vows on January 25, 1876 and solemn vows on January 26, 1879, and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Wood in the Philadelphia Cathedral on April 25, 1879. 

Father Lynch was assigned to our Mission at Mechanicville, New York, where in 1882 he was named prior, pastor and procurator. The following year he was reassigned to Carthage, N. Y., where he purchased land for the establsihment of a school. In 1885, he was transferred to Waterford, N.Y., and subsequently to Andover and Lawrence in Massachusetts. In 1918 he was named prior at Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, PA.

Father Lynch died in Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Philadelphia on May 6, 1927 at the age of 78, the second oldest member of the Province at the time. His Funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, on May 10, 1927, after which he was buried in the Community Plot at Saint Mary Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts.