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Chicago, IL (July 2, 2007) – Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago appointed Rev. Richard P. Hynes as the new Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship. Fr. Hynes will oversee the efforts of a variety of Archdiocesan offices and ministries, including Catechesis and Evangelization as well as Asian Catholics, Black Catholics, Catholic Missions, Divine Worship, European Catholics, Family Ministries, Hispanic Catholics, Kolbe House, Peace and Justice, Respect Life, and Young Adult Ministry.

Most recently, Fr. Hynes was pastor of St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, a position he held since 1996. Since 2003, he has also served as Dean of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Vicariate IV Deanery C, encompassing 21 parishes and two co-ed high schools in west central Cook County.

Raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Fr. Hynes was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey in May 1972 and was incardinated for service for the Archdiocese of Chicago in May of 1991. After serving in two Newark parishes, Fr. Hynes moved to Chicago in 1983 to become program director of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC). He served as NFPC president between 1984 and 1988 while also helping out on weekends at St. Bartholomew Parish in Waukegan and St. James Parish in Arlington Heights.

During his incardination process, Fr. Hynes served as the Associate Pastor of St. James in Arlington Heights from 1988 to 1991. After incardination he served as Associate Pastor at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Chicago from 1991 to 1992 and was the spiritual director at Niles College and St. Joseph Seminary at Loyola University between 1992 and 1995. Fr. Hynes

served as associate pastor of St. Athanasius Parish in Evanston from 1995 to 1996, and was Pastor of St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs from 1996 until his appointment as Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship.

Fr. Hynes has had a number of additional ministerial commitments for the Archdiocese of Chicago including serving as the Adjunct Spiritual Director at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary from 1986 to 1994, as a Board Member of the Association of Chicago Priests from 1991 to 1995 and as a member of the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Council from 1998 until 2002.

Fr. Hynes will reside at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 653 West 37 th Street in Chicago.

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