50 years ago this morning I was left on the doorstep of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville. Father Hynes chose my parents and he made the best possible choice. I was so blessed to have the greatest parents, and in turn the best brother and sister anyone could ask for.
Msgr. William Hynes Bio
William Hynes, born in 1925, Ballyheeny, County Waterford, Ireland to parents who were farmers. His vocation came at a early age and he attended St John’s Seminary in Ireland from 1942-1949. He was ordained June 16, 1949 for the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore.
After his ordination, he was sent on temporary mission to the Diocese of Sacramento, California and was stationed at the Parish of St. Joseph’s Marysville from 1949-1962. At the time, Father Hynes was Incardinated into the Diocese of Sacramento in 1957. He was later transfered to the newly created Santa Rosa Diocese. On August 24, 1977 he was bestowed the title of Monsignor by Pope Paul VI. Msgr. Hynes has been at a variety of parishes in the Santa Rosa Diocese:
· St. Joseph’s Crescent City: 1962 -70
· Queen of Peace Church, Clearlake Highlands: 1970 - 1972
· St. Peter’s, Cloverdale: 1972-74
· St. John the Baptist, Napa: 1974-85
· St. John the Baptist, Healdsburg: 1985-89
· St. Sebastian’s, Sebastopol: 1989 – 2010
While Msgr. Hynes saw many changes in the Church during his 60 plus years as a priest, he always followed the magisterium of the Church. He has been the longest tenured pastor at St Sebastian’s Church (21 years).
On August 30, 2010, Msgr. Hynes celebrated his last Holy Mass as Pastor of St Sebastian’s Church.
Father Hynes..... You have no idea how many lives you have touched and you are a great example to Priests and Deacons how a holy man can be used as God's instrument.