REV. JAMES JOSEPH HYNES
REV. JAMES JOSEPH HYNES.—A fellow citizen whose catholicity of views and warm-hearted
sympathies render him serviceable to many beyond the limits of his own circles,
and therefore a power for cultural as well as moral uplift in the community,
Rev. James Joseph Hynes is the very acceptable pastor of St.
Thomas’ Catholic Church at Oroville. Born in Kinnegad, County
April 12, 1871, he was the son of Michael Joseph Hynes, a farmer, and one in
the line of an old prominent Irish family.
His mother was Ann Kelly, a native of the same district, and the mother
of six boys and two girls, all of whom are still living. A brother is Father M. Hynes, pastor of the
Catholic Church at Maxwell, in Colusa County,
and another brother is Father Malacky, a member of
the Franciscan Order, and a pastor of a church in Philadelphia.
Brought up at Kinnegad where he attended the public school, James Joseph
chose the priesthood for his vocation, and entered St. Mary’s Seminary at Mullingar, where he completed his classical course of four
years, after which he entered All Hallow’s College,
in Dublin. For two years he studied philosophy and for
four years theology, and in 1989, on June 24, in All Hallow’s
Church was ordained to the priesthood.
His class was the first class ordained in the new church and the
ordination was performed by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Moore at Ballarat, Australia,
for the Sacramento diocese; on which account he came to California
and Sacramento. He left Ireland,
September 8, 1898, on the steamship Germanic, and arrived in New
York, September 15, and when he reached Sacramento
he was appointed in October, 1898, as assistant to Father Coleman at
Marysville. This designation was made by
Bishop Grace, and for three and a half years Father Hynes did his full duty in
the parish of his apprenticeship.
On the death of
Father Toomey—by drowning, while he was attempting to cross a swollen stream in
a buggy—on March 8, 1902, Father Hynes was appointed as his successor, and he
took charge of the parish at Smartville, where he remained
for eleven and a half years. He also
visited in an official capacity Dobbin’s Ranch, Camptonville,
and most of Yuba County,
and a part of Plumas and Butte Counties. Much of this extra-parish work was in a
mountainous country, and journeys had to be made by teams, or horseback, and
even on show-shoes, and sometimes on foot.
On September 26,
1913, Father Hynes was appointed pastor of St. Thomas’
Church at Oroville, and of the Sacred
at Gridley. In the Sacred
Heart Church, in
1916, he placed five new statues which were blessed by Father Stark, of San
Thomas’ was originally a mission attended from
Marysville, and Father Hynes attended it in 1898 which he was assistant to Father Coleman.
About ten years ago—in 1908—Father Thos. Dermody
was appointed pastor. He resided
here. The church was built forty years
or so ago by Bishop Grace, and Father Hynes succeeded Father Dermody. The Sacred
Heart Church was
also built by Bishop Grace, and was attended from Chico. When Father Dermody
took charge it became a parish. The two
are now under one pastor, but they have different societies. Father Hynes celebrates Mass every Sunday at
8:30 A.M. in Oroville and at 11 A.M. the same day in Gridley.
In 1908, this most
estimable and popular priest returned to Europe
primarily to see his father and mother, but also to enjoy and profit by an
extensive tour of places of great historic interest and to the centers of world
culture. His mother died the following
year, and it was fortunate that he made the trip when he did. On his departure from Ireland
he bade good-bye to his father, who is happily still living, and to his
brother, Thomas, a leading merchant of Dublin,
and his brothers, Patrick and Christopher, who are still at the old home. Then he continued on through England,
across the Continent. He visited Germany,
and the Balkan States, intending to come back through Russia,
but he was prevented. He said Mass at
the High Altar at St. Peter’s, Rome, and also at St.
Cecilia’s Tomb in the Catacombs at Rome. On both of these occasions Emmet Hayden,
supervisor of San Francisco, served
Mass for him. In Rome Father Hynes had
the great pleasure of a private audience with Pope Pius X. At the conclusion of six months he returned
to California the day before Thanksgiving, sailing to America
on the steamer Lusitania. Father Hynes is a Knight of Columbus, and
justly popular in that order.
Marilyn R. Pankey.
of Butte County, Cal.," by George C. Mansfield, Pages 856-859, Historic Record Co, Los Angeles, CA, 1918.
2008 Marilyn R. Pankey.
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