RINGWOOD, N.J. – Franciscan Friar Stephen Lynch, age 87, died on Jan. 3, 2014, at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood.
He was born in New Britain on March 21, 1926, a son of the late Stephen and Marguerite (Rose) Lynch. He attended local schools and served two years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1955 and spent 20 years as a Franciscan missionary in Japan.
He did graduate work in bioethics at Berkeley in California. He served as campus minister at the University of South Carolina and as administrator of the Franciscan Community at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.; St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry Center in Providence, R.I.; and St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston. He retired at St. Anthony’s Friary in Butler, N.J.
He leaves two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Lynch of New Britain and Virginia Sasek of Kensington; a nephew and two nieces and their children.
Father Lynch published hundreds of essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from Japan to spirituality to current, cultural and social trends. His funeral and burial took place in Butler, N.J.