Michael Gerard Kyte was born on April 20, 1953 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada to Arthur Stanislaus and Marie Elizabeth (Gillis) Kyte. Michael had four brothers and three sisters. Fr. Kyte was baptized on May 3, 1953 at Sacred Heart Parish in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He attended St John’s Academy in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia from 1958-64. The family moved back to Sydney and he continued school at St. Joseph Academy then on to Sheriff Junior High School. He graduated high school from Sydney Academy in 1971. In the Fall of 1971 he began university studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, spent a year studying French abroad at Universite de Nice, Nice, France, then graduated with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Political Science in 1975.
The year Fr. Kyte graduated from the university, he worked as a Rehabilitation Worker for The Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled (CRCD) and continued there for three years. Expanding his horizons beyond Canada, he joined the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) and worked as an English teacher in Nigeria, West Africa from 1978-80, the place where he first met the Dominican Friars. He then returned to Canada and taught school for the Government of the Northwest Territories for one year.
Fr. Kyte entered the novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great, having been influenced by the friars from our province working at our mission in Nigeria. He was received on August 16, 1981 and professed his first vows on August 22, 1982 at St. Dominic Priory in Denver, Colorado. From 1982-87 he studied at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained a deacon on May 10, 1986 at the Basilica of St. Louis the Kind of France in St. Louis. He did a deaconate internship from July to December of 1986 at Visitation Parish in Chicago, Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1987 at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, Illinois.
His first assignment was to the Catholic Community in Englewood in the South side of Chicago through St. Basil Parish. After six years he was called to internal ministry for the province and from 1993-2003 he served as novice master at St. Dominic Priory in Denver, Colorado. During these years, he was on the founding board of the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation, to raise funds for the novitiate program. After ten years as novice master he was granted a one year sabbatical study program. In 2004 he was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, Illinois and served the parish well for over nine years and the Dominican Community there for six years as prior.
In December 2012 he was diagnosed with end stage colon cancer while at a provincial council meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the next fifteen months his life was consumed with cancer treatment. Throughout his illness he continued to minister to so many and as he was beloved by so many. He was under hospice care for only one day before he died peacefully on March 27, 2014 at home at St. Pius Priory surrounded by his Dominican brothers, his brother Lorne and a few friends.
On Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Evening Prayer Office of the Dead was sung at 4:00 p.m. followed by a visitation where hundreds came to pray and say goodbye. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 the Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated. Fr. Charles Bouchard, provincial, presided and Fr. Louis Morrone preached. All seven of his siblings from Canada attended, as did most of his nieces and nephews. He was buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois in the Dominican section.