Rev Fr Dwight Edward Lyman

Rev Fr Dwight Edward Lyman

Birth
Mount Pleasant, Oswego County, New York, USA
Death 29 Dec 1893 (aged 75)
Govanstown, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Govanstown, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot F-16
Memorial ID 94199088 · View Source
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Born at Mount Pleasant, New York, December 3, 1818, Dwight Edward Lyman was baptized in the Episcopalian Church. While he was receiving his advanced education at Columbia College in New York, he also served as organist in a Protestant Episcopal church. After completion of his course of studies at Columbia, he was ordained to the Episcopalian ministry and became a member of the faculty of St. James College in Hagerstown, Maryland. After teaching there for six years from 1842 to 1848, he was made rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He was rector of St. Paul's from 1848 to 1853, when he was received into the Catholic Church.

Father Lyman's conversion occurred during the period of what was called the "Oxford Movement." That movement began in Oxford in England about the year 1833 with the express aim of its founders to restore to the Church of England certain primitive Catholic teachings, without, however, going to the extent of a union with Rome. John Henry Newman, later Cardinal Newman, was one of the originators of the movement. Its aims and beliefs were outlined in a series of "Tracts of the Times," hence the Oxford Movement was also known as The "Tractarian Movement." In the course of research and the crystallization of ideas attendant upon the publication of these tracts, the movement came closer and closer to the Catholic Faith. Finally, Tract 90, the last of the Tracts, openly advocated Roman teachings and evoked a storm of controversy in Anglican circles. With the conversion of Cardinal Newman to the Catholic Faith in 1845, many Episcopalian clergymen followed his lead. The generally accepted leader of those opposed to union with Rome was Henry Edward Manning, an Archdeacon of the Episcopalian Church. When Manning finally capitulated and became a Catholic in 1851, many who had been wavering but were still clinging to the Episcopalian Faith followed his lead and made their submission to the Catholic Church.

Such was the case with Dwight Edward Lyman. He and the Reverend Francis Baker, pastor of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, friend as they were, frequently discussed the controversy that was raging in England. During one of their discussions, Mr. Baker made the following statement to Mr. Lyman: "The church that is good enough for Manning is good enough for me." Then one day, while reading the daily paper, Dwight Lyman, the pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania, came across the news item that Dr. Manning had made his submission to the Catholic Church in Paris. Sending the clipping to Francis Baker, then pastor of St. Luke's Episcopalian Church in Baltimore, Dwight Lyman reminded his friend of the statement he had once made: "The church that is good enough for Manning is good enough for me."

The Reverend Dwight Edward Lyman was received into the Catholic Church on August 27, 1853 by the Rev. F.X. Knackstedt, S.J., at St. Joseph's Church in Baltimore. He entered St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore on October 15, 1853, was ordained deacon at the Seminary by Archbishop Kenrick on June 28, 1856, and, on the following day, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, was ordained priest at the Baltimore Cathedral, again by the Archbishop. His first assignment was as assistant to Father McManus.

Father Lyman remained with Father McManus at St. John's until October 10, 1860, when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's, Govans. There he remained for thirty-three years until he died on December 29, 1893, at the age of seventy-five.

In the eulogy delivered at Father Lyman's funeral, Cardinal Gibbons singled out "his great care in instructing children in the principles of the Christian Faith and his care in instructing converts to the Catholic Faith." A convert himself, "over three hundred conversions were due to Father Lyman's work in Govanstown." This is the priest who for two years was the second pastor of St. Dennis' Church at Lambson's Station.


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  • Added: 25 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94199088
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Dwight Edward Lyman (3 Dec 1818–29 Dec 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94199088, citing Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery, Govanstown, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Member#47194125 (contributor 47194125) .