Rev. David Matthew Hynous, O.P., 83, died on March 24, 2016 in Chicago. Fr. Hynous was born September 11, 1932 in Chicago to Frank and Mary Agnes (Carroll) Hynous. He attended St. Philip Neri and St. Odilo grammar schools. He graduated from Fenwick High School in 1950, then attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA for two years in preparation to enter the Dominican Order. He began the novitiate August 30, 1952 in Winona, MN and was given the religious name, Matthew, and professed his first vows a year later.
He continued his studies for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest and at St. Rose Priory in Dubuque, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1959 in Dubuque. His first assignment was teaching Theology and Philosophy at Dominican College in Racine, WI from 1960-66.
From 1966-69 he studied in Rome at the University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum, and earned a doctorate degree in Canon Law. For the next ten years he taught Canon Law at Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque. From 1979-81 he served as Secretary for the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. In 1981 Fr. Hynous was appointed Vicar Provincial for the Dominicans and served for four years. From 1986-95 he served the Archdiocese of Chicago on the Marriage Tribunal and as Vice-Chancellor.
In 1995 he was called to Rome as Procurator General for the Dominican Order. In 1997 he returned to the Marriage Tribunal in the Archdiocese of Chicago and for the last few years has worked for the Tribunal in the Diocese of Joliet until his death. He died peacefully at St. Pius V Priory in Chicago.
Services were held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Memorial Donations to the Dominican Friars, Central Province, 1910 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60608 are greatly appreciated.
Funeral Mass Homily (Fr. Richard LaPata, O.P.)