Br. Fabian Hynes Vatican Pharmacist for Fifty Years RIP
Brother Fabian Hynes, a member of the Oceania Province, died on June 24.
Brother Fabian, whose secular name was Geoffrey Maurice, was born in Sydney on November 23, 1927. He graduated in Pharmacy from Sydney University in 1948 and entered Religion as a Postulant on June 1, 1950; that same year he joined the Morisset Novitiate where he stayed until December 8, 1951, when he made his Temporary Profession. He made his Solemn Profession on December 12, 1954.
In 1955, Fr Mosè Bonardi, the Prior General of the Order at the time, called him to Tiber Island Hospital in Rome, and in 1956 he was appointed to manage the Vatican Pharmacy, where he remained until 2006. He was twice elected Superior of the Vatican Pharmacy Religious Community.
At the 1970 General Chapter he was elected Second General Councillor and in 1976, the General Chapter appointed him First General Councillor and Procurator General. He remained Procurator General until 2006.
In 2006 he finally left the Vatican Pharmacy after 50 years of service and exemplary dedication to the mission entrusted to him.
During his many years in Rome, he became an enthusiastic painter, exhibiting his works in various exhibitions staged in the capital. His favourite subjects were still life and landscapes.
Despite our grief at his death we must thank our Lord for the testimony of his life. We will always remember him, particularly those of us who had the good fortune to know him personally and to share our lives with him.
Let us pray for his soul when we celebrate the Eucharist and in our community and personal prayers. May our Lord give us all strength, and in particular accompany and support our Confreres in Oceania at this particular time.