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Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I


Statement of Cardinal Francis George, OMI, on the death of Bishop Timothy Lyne
September 25, 2013

The Archdiocese of Chicago is mourning the death of a beloved bishop, and Chicago mourns the death of a great citizen of our city.  Bishop Tim Lyne was recognized as a young man of talent by his pastor at St. Mel parish on Chicago’s West Side.  As a seminarian, he caddied for Cardinal Mundelein.  As a young priest, he was given tasks by Cardinal Stritch that demanded great sensitivity.  As rector of Holy Name Cathedral, he served the people and counseled his archbishops.  Always, he was the model of a Christian gentleman, shaped by his faith to see the good in everyone; and everyone responded with respect and affection.

He contributed to and accompanied the life of the Archdiocese and of innumerable individuals for decades.  Seemingly indestructible because never complaining, his death is a shock.  I believe he would want us to pray for him, as we continue to count on his prayers for us before the Lord.  May he rest in peace.