Rev. Joseph P. Lynch, 88, died on Friday, May 8, 2015. Fr. Lynch was the pastor emeritus of St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank and had been a resident of the Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Residence for Retired Priests in Palos Park.
Fr. Lynch was born in Chicago on July 6, 1926. He attended Little Flower School, Leo High School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary. Fr. Lynch graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary with his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Arts Degree in Religion. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 1, 1953, by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, archbishop of Chicago.
His first assignment was at St. Gabriel Parish in Chicago, serving as the assistant pastor for six years. He also served as assistant pastor at St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield, St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank, St. Agnes Parish on Pershing Road (closed in 1991) and Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park. In 1978, Fr. Lynch was named Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank and remained at the parish until 1984.
Before his retirement in 1996, Fr. Lynch also served as associate pastor of St. Thomas More Parish and St. Christina Parish in Chicago. He was made administrator of St. Walter Parish in Chicago in 1999.
Rev. John Jack Sullivan, Pastor of Mater Christi Parish in North Riverside, was Fr. Lynch’s cousin. He recalled, “Fr. Joe was a mentor to many priests and was very dedicated to the people he served at his many parish assignments.
“Besides being dedicated to ministry, he was very involved with his family during this time, as well. He had a dry sense of humor and used it often, being a master of the understatement. He was more like a brother to me and maintained a sense of calm, no matter what was happening. He just never seemed to be ruffled.”
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
Fr. Lynch is survived by his brother, John R. (Louise) Lynch, as well as his nieces and nephews.