Nancy Hynes, OSB, passes away

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December 17, 2008

Nancy Hynes, OSB, professor emeriti of English, died Monday, Dec. 15 in St. Cloud.

S. Nancy’s long career at the College of Saint Benedict began in the Development Office, where she was director of public information. She rose to the rank of full professor in the English department (CSB/SJU), where she taught for 32 years. During her teaching career, she served as faculty advisor for Studio One (a journal of the arts) and was director of the first year symposium. The Sister Nancy Hynes Center for Women, named in her honor, opened in September 2007.

S. Nancy received a B.A. degree in English with minors in history, philosophy and secondary education from the College of Saint Benedict, an M.A. degree in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and a Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 1956 and made her perpetual profession in 1961. As an educator, S. Nancy taught English at St. Boniface High School, Cold Spring; Cathedral High School, St. Cloud; Immaculate Conception High School, Stephan, S.D., and Pierz Memorial High School in Pierz, Minn.

Visitation will be from 1 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud followed by a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation will also take place from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Friday at the Sacred Heart Chapel.