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Celebrating the life of
Father Charles E. Lynch III, CSB
March 12, 1931 - July 14, 2014
Dedicated Priest
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm - Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276
  • Vigil
  • 6:00pm - Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276
  • Funeral Service
  • 2:00pm - Friday, July 18, 2014
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276

It was with sadness that I read of the death of Fr. Lynch. Though I had never met him, I wrote to him several years ago because of my interest in genealogy. We share the same lineage - the Degnon line. My great grandmother was a Degnon (Mary Degnon Briggs), the cousin of Michael J. Degnon of NYC who was Fr. Lynch's maternal grandfather. I had written to him several years ago after I traced him through the internet to Texas. He was kind enough to reply and provide me with family names, etc. I was impressed that he responded - in a handwritten letter - given his age. He seemed like a great guy, and I extend my sympathies to his sister, nephews and nieces. He surely has earned his reward!

David Briggs (Degnon Family), Cleveland, OH

Father Charles E. Lynch III, CSB, was born the 12th of March 1931, in New York City, the son of Charles E. and Margaret (Degnon) Lynch, Jr., and was the second child of three children. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Elizabeth (Lawrence) Gildea. Father Charles is survived by his sister Margaret Jane Mohn (Paul), Palm Coast, FL., eleven nieces and nephews, 13 great-nieces and great-nephews, and one great grandniece.
Professed as a member of the Congregation of Priests of St Basil on the 15th of August 1952, Fr. Lynch entered St. Basil's Seminary and studied at the University of Toronto. In the 1950s Fr. Lynch taught at St. Thomas High School in Houston and at Aquinas High School in Rochester, New York. After his ordination to the priesthood on June 29, 1958, Fr. Lynch taught part-time at St. Michael's College School in Toronto, the first of ten years of teaching in Toronto, Canada, Rochester, New York, and Gary, Indiana. From 1968-73, Fr. Lynch served at Assumption Church in Windsor, Canada. From 1973-75, he served at Our Lady of Assumption in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. Fr. Lynch then served from 1975-78 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, Texas. After his assignment there, he spent a year in Mexico studying Spanish in Cuernavaca which prepared him for his 1980-86 appointment to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rosenberg, Texas. From 1986-91, he served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale, Arizona. In 1991, he went to St. Anne's in Houston and then to Detroit at Ste. Anne’s Church, returning to Rosenberg in 1993. In 1999, he returned to St. Anne's in Houston for two years in the Hispanic Ministry. In 2001, he returned, once again, to serve the Church in Rosenberg. In 2005, Fr. Lynch served the Church in Wharton. In July 2007, he arrived at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel, Texas. In July 2013, Fr. Lynch served at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton, Texas until March 2014. Fr. Lynch was a dedicated servant of the Lord and a true fount of knowledge and information. He will be greatly missed by the Basilian Fathers and the countless lives he touched during his many years of service within the Church.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Thursday, the 17th of July, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, where the vigil is to commence at six o’clock followed by a reception at seven o’clock. Fr. Lynch will be in state at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston, on Wednesday and Thursday, the 16th and 17th of July, during normal business hours.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at two o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 18th of July, at St. Ann Catholic Church.
The Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

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It was with sadness that I read of the death of Fr. Lynch. Though I had never met him, I wrote to him several years ago because of my interest in genealogy. We share the same lineage - the Degnon line. My great grandmother was a Degnon (Mary Degnon Briggs), the cousin of Michael J. Degnon of NYC who was Fr. Lynch's maternal grandfather. I had written to him several years ago after I traced him through the internet to Texas. He was kind enough to reply and provide me with family names, etc. I was impressed that he responded - in a handwritten letter - given his age. He seemed like a great guy, and I extend my sympathies to his sister, nephews and nieces. He surely has earned his reward!

David Briggs (Degnon Family), Cleveland, OH


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