LINCOLN (SNR) - Father Patrick Lyons celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination June 24.
He was ordained a priest in Dublin, Ireland in 1945. Due to the abundance of priests in Ireland, Father Lyons decided to become a missionary to America. He came to the Diocese of Lincoln in 1946.
Father Lyons said one of the greatest joys of his priesthood was serving 25 years as pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hastings. During that time, he oversaw the construction of a new church building.
In 1997 Father Lyons retired and lived at Bonacum House for retired priests in Lincoln for 18 years. This spring he moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
Father said he has always been more interested in the life to come. The desire to be more united with those in Heaven was one of the reasons he considered the priesthood.
“I felt that giving my life to God would be a gift to God and my family,” he said. “I chose to offer my life to God for the sake of my family and myself.”
Father Lyons said he looks forward to the wonderful reunion in the next life with all of his family and friends.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, who assist the priests at Bonacum House, said conversations with Father Lyons always return to the treasure of Faith and the importance of God’s love for each person manifested in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He reminds others that the Heart of Christ is on fire with love for everyone, in a personal way, the Sisters said.
“Father Lyons,” they asked him, “what word would you use to describe the priesthood?”
“Fulfillment,” he responded.