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Rev. Daniel O. Carm Lynch

May 22, 2029 December 17, 2006
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Reverend Daniel Lynch, O. Carm., a member of the Order of Carmelites and of the North American Province of St. Elias, died Sunday, December 17, 2006 after a brief illness. He was 77 years old.Father Dan was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on May 22, 1929 to John and Mary O'Malley Lynch.He is survived by his brother, Joseph Lynch.He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Mary and Elizabeth; and his brother, Robert.Father Daniel entered St. Albert's Junior Seminary in Middletown as a young teenager. He received his habit in the Order of Carmelites, North American Province of Saint Elias in September 1947, when he entered the Carmelite Novitiate in Auburn, N.Y. At the conclusion of his Novitiate year he professed First Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity on September 8, 1948. He Professed his Solemn Vows on September 8, 1951, in Auburn, N.Y., and was then ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1954, the Marian Year, at Saint Simon Stock Church in the Bronx, N.Y.Graduating from St. Bonaventure University Olean, N.Y., Father Daniel earned his Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Mathematics in 1954. For the next ten years Father Dan taught Religion, Mathematics, Biology, and Mechanical Drawing at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Auburn, N.Y. He was transferred to Nativity High School in Pottsville, Pa. in 1964, where he taught High School Mathematics and Religion. During this time he also served his community as the School Procurator. In 1969 he was transferred to McQuaid High School in Rochester, N.Y. where he continued to teach high school students the rudiments of Mathematics and Religion. It was during this time that he desired to continue his own education and between 1971 and 1972, Father Dan earned his Masters Degree in Theology and a certification in Counseling at New York Theological. It was in 1972 that he was transferred to Our Lady of the Scapular Priory on 28th Street in Manhattan where he resided while ministering as a Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital for the next five years. In 1977, he began working as a Chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Montrose, N.Y.For the next 11 years he resided at the Carmelite Priory in Scarborough, N.Y. while traveling daily to Montrose, N.Y. for his ministry. In 1988, following the renovation of St. Albert's Priory in Middletown, Father Dan was one of the first Carmelites to move into the newly-renovated Senior Community. He continued to commute to Montrose V.A. Medical Center for the next 10 years until his retirement in 1998.Ever longing to learn, Father Daniel was granted a one-year sabbatical as he attended the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. from 1998-99 where he earned a certification in Carmelite Studies, and sponsored by the Carmelite Institute. He returned to the Saint Albert's Community in Middletown, where he enjoyed his retirement. He kept himself active by volunteering daily in the Carmelite Development Office in Middletown, as well as giving talks for the Lay Carmelites (Third Order), and days of recollection/retreats for the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. He was always eager to learn and to teach and he was a much-sought after lecturer on the topics of John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, as well as contemplative prayer.During the course of his Carmelite life, Father Dan was active in the life of the Province of Saint Elias, serving in many leadership positions including Prior of the Pottsville, Pa. Carmelite Community for six years, and the Carmelite Community in Scarborough, N.Y. for two years. He served on the Community Life Commission for four terms, was Chairperson of the Priors Commission for two years, was a member of the Pre-Chapter Commission for the 1988 Chapter, and was a member of the Development Advisory Board from 1986-87. A dedicated and hard-working Carmelite, Father Daniel Lynch was a professed member of the Carmelite Order for 58 years and a priest for 52 years. He will be greatly missed.Visitation will be at the St. Albert's Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Carmelite Drive in Middletown, Tuesday, December 19, 2006 from 2- 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with an evening prayer service at 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 from 9-10:45 a.m.The funeral Mass will be held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Very Reverend Michael Kissane, O. Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelite Province of Saint Elias will officiate.Burial will take place in the Carmelite Cemetery on Carmelite Drive in Middletown.In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Daniel Lynch's memory may be made to the Carmelite Education Fund, and mailed to: P.O. Box 868, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940.Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.
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