Father Crispin Lynch, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1918-1960)

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Born Michael Vincent Lynch on October 11, 1918 in Peterboro, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of Joseph Lynch and Sarah McMahon. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and St. Peter’s High School in Peterboro. In 1937 he entered Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. In 1939 he went to the novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and professed his vows on August 15, 1940. He studied at Dunkirk; Baltimore, Maryland; Jamaica, New York; and Union City, New Jersey where he was ordained in the monastery church on April 28, 1947. After a year of sacred eloquence at Baltimore, he was assigned there until 1948 when he was sent to Pittsburgh to assist the monastery in their quest for funds to finance the expansion of the monastery. He joined another four or five priests in this ministry which involved exact planning, personal contacts, rejection, and acceptance. One tactic was to go door to door asking for donations or if allowed by the local pastor, taking up a collection in a parish church. This was a two year assignment. In June 1950 Father Lynch was assigned to the founding of St. Gabriel’s Monastery and Parish in Toronto, Canada where he remained until 1954. In February of 1954 he was transferred to St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk where he was assigned to the preaching apostolate. H was a member of the first Passionists to go to the Philippines in 1958. Though his health was a problem he ministered in Polomolok, Catobato province where he helped build a church and developed plans for a second. He died and is buried in the Philippines.