(According to the Funeral Homily: Br. Stephen McCabe)
Brother Christian Hynes was born Thomas Joseph on November 1, 1920, the feast of All Saints. Since 2001 he has favorably influenced the Brothers and staff at De La Salle Hall. All of us know him as a gentle man who loved his God, his Brothers and everyone who touched his life. During his life at De La Salle Hall, he suffered increasingly from a short-term memory loss, but he never became mean or aggressive, and always held people in the highest regard.
Chris attended the renowned Holy Name School from 1926 to 1934, enjoying instruction by the Christian Brothers who inspired his vocation to the Brothers. In the Small Novitiate at Barrytown, he delighted in the annual St. Patrick's nigh entertainment, the Holloween "Tunnel of Horrors", and the glorious experience of Christmas Midnight Mass. Pricnics at the cove, the New York-New England football game, the St. La Salle's day baseball game, and various feast days are memories shared by every Brother of the Barrytown era. Juniorate years were more than just a seedtime; they were also a time of early germination when many of the seeds sprouted into spiritual, cultural, and athletic plants that would shortly be in full bloom.
Chris continued his formation as a CHristian Brother for a year in the novitiate and four years in the scholasticate where he graduated in 1942 from Catholic University as an English Major. He then commenced the days of infusing his enthusiasm into students until they absorbed his learning, responded to his amiable jumor, and caught the spark he passed along. His warmth and enthusiasm were enjoyed by students in St. Jerome's, St. Peter's, St. Joseph's Buffalo, St. Augstine's in Brooklyn, and Manhattan College.
In 1955, he began his distinguished tenure at Lincoln Hall, a term of service in which he advanced from teacher and prefect to principal, chief administrator, and clinical psychologist. Chris was one of the greats at Lincoln Hall, an institution that brought out in the greatness in many Brothers who had the "right stuff." Chris had the right stuff all right, so there was no danger that when he left Lincolndale he would seek an assignment smacking of placidity and obscurity. No fading into the background for this cultured, talented, and energetic man. In 1977, he traveled eastward to Bethlehem University as its Academic Vice-President. It was a job for an extraordinary man, just perfect for Chris. He may have been rattled at times by student strikes, government-imposed school closings, and lungs full of tear gass, but he persevered. Distinguishd at Lincoln Hall, he was equally distinguished at Bethlehem. He has proved himself a man for all people, for every clime, and for multiple challenges. That is why Manhattan College was so pleased to have him for 20 years beginning in 1980. He was always a sympathetic friend to students, a tireless scholar, a participant in every aspect of college life, and a treasured fellow religious Brother.