Local Bishop Marks 70 Years As Catholic Priest

Bishop Timothy Lyne, 94, will celebrate his 70th anniversary Sunday with family and dozens of priests

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 1:24 PM CDT
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Local Bishop Marks 70 Years As Catholic Priest

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Bishop Timothy Lyne

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Seventy years ago today Bishop Timothy Lyne was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Cardinal Samuel Stritch. He recalls it was “a cool bright sunny morning.”  

In an interview today, Lyne reflects on his career, calling his job as a priest "a wonderful thing" and asking “how can I thank God for all he’s given me?”

Lyne, 94, is definitely a people person who is known to pick up the phone and offer advice or well wishes to his many parishioners.

He spent 48 years at Holy Name Cathedral after working at parishes in Riverside and Oak Park. Lyne was instrumental in the art work brought in during the late '60s when Holy Name Cathedral was closed for a year and completed renovated.

Lyne will celebrate the 70th anniversary this Sunday with family and dozens of priests as well as retired Cardinal Edward Egan from New York, who was once assigned to Holy Name.  

Lyne watched closely the election of Pope Francis and says “the one thing I’m really happy about is the new pope has been an archbishop in a big city. He understands Buenos Aires is bigger than Chicago. His experience will be invaluable.”

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