100th Birthday

Sister Mary Ida Lynch celebrates her 100th birthday

Sister Mary Ida Lynch along with family friends and Sisters gathered for her 100th birthday on Sunday, August 24th from 2:00-4:00pm at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse. Sister Mary Ida Lynch entered the Congregation in 1939 from St. Theodore’s Parish in Rochester. Confident in her love for children, Sister Mary made her main ministry serving in education.   “As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a Sister, but I also wanted to be a mother and have a nice big family. At first, I didn’t realize I could do both!”   Sister Mary Ida taught at St. Alphonsus and St. Aloysius in Auburn, St Stephen in Geneva, St. Patrick’s in Corning and St. Joseph’s Villa, Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart and Nazareth Academy in Rochester.   “My first assignment was at St. Alphonsus, Auburn. It seemed miles away, gas was rationed and I was far from my family. Geneva was a little closer and then I was sent to the Villa. Not only did I go there but my family got involved too – my parents suddenly got 24 grandchildren, my brothers became Confirmation sponsors, my sister was our organist and the Thanksgiving table added more space to take children who had no place to go!”   Sister Mary Ida also served as Coordinator at Nazareth Academy Convent and at the Motherhouse Infirmary. Currently, Sister Mary Ida keeps busy as a volunteer for Motherhouse Congregational Services.