Rev. James P. Hynes


PROVIDENCE — Reverend James P. Hynes, 92, pastor emeritus of St. James Church in West Warwick, died Monday, February 6, 2017.

Born in Providence, son of the late Thomas and Mary (Lyons) Hynes, he attended St. Mary Grammar School and LaSalle Academy, both in Providence.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on June 11, 1949 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.

After a summer assignment at Saint Bernard Parish, Wickford, Father Hynes served as assistant pastor in the following parishes: Saint Anthony, Providence (1949-54); Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence (1954-56); Saint Luke, Barrington (1956-64); Holy Trinity, Central Falls (1964); and Saint Michael, Providence (1964-71). In June 1971, Father was appointed pastor of St. James Parish, West Warwick, and remained there until his retirement in July, 2000 as pastor emeritus.

In addition to his parish duties, Father Hynes served as chaplain for Division 11, Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Providence (1955) and of the Nina Circle of the Daughters of Isabella (1969).

Following retirement, Father Hynes continued to assist in various parishes within the diocese. In his later years, he lived in Coventry, and then resided at the St. John Vianney Residence in Providence.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered for the repose of his soul at St. Mary Church in Providence on February 17 with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as the principal celebrant with Bishops Louis E. Gelineau and Francis X. Roque and other priests concelebrating. Reverend Monsignor John C. Halloran, senior priest, was the homilist.

Burial was in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.