Fr. Cyril Lynett (Pt.2) – St. John’s Parish

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Fr. Cyril Lynett (Pt.2) – St. John’s Parish

Fr. Cyril Lynett was a cousin of my grandmother. As the following biography shows, Fr. Lynett was involved in the establishment of a number of parishes in the Diocese of Calgary. Prominent among those was St. John’s Parish in northwest Calgary, Alberta. In the 1980s I had the honour of being in the Music Ministry at St. John’s while Fr. Eric Nelson was pastor. Unfortunately, I had no idea at that time that “Cousin Cyril” (as my Dad referred to him) had been responsible for the construction of the church and rectory there. It was a very friendly and vibrant community, which (I like to think) was in some small way a reflection of the fine pioneering work of Fr. Lynett. Unfortunately, the church was closed in the 1990s and after it was sold to a developer it suffered a serious fire. Today an apartment (St. John’s on 10th) stands on that site.

The following excerpt is from the book: “From the Buffalo to the Cross: A History of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary” by Mrs. Paul Byrne, published 1973.

– St. John’s Parish, Calgary, page 170 –

“Rev. J.C. Lynett was appointed pastor in January, 1944. The general expansion that began during and after the Second World War increased the population of St. John’s Parish, and in 1948 a small church was opened in Bowness, and an assistant was appointed, the newly ordained Rev. Paul J.O’Byrne (future Bishop of Calgary). With continued growth a new parish was instituted between Bowness and St. John’s called St. Bernard’s With the increased attendance it was possible to complete the upper part of the church in 1954 on the plans that Father McGuiness had made more than twenty years earlier. It was bless by Bishop Carroll on May, 19, 1954. Within a year new pews, altars, reredos and oak panelling were installed and the parish was entirely free of debt. A new brick rectory was built facing 10A Street in 1957. The former residence was sold and removed from the property. Stained glass windows from France were installed in the church at the same time. Father Lynett who had served the parish for twenty years died after a short illness on December 6, 1964. During all these years he had also been a member of the Bishop’s Council.”

On street outside St. John’s on Tenth

Plaque on the side of St. John’s on Tenth

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