Beloved spiritual director dies at the age of 64

Rev. Terrance William Hyland, O.S.A., passed away on October 13 at the age of 64.

Because of health problems, he came to Saint Thomas Monastery in 2003.

With some improvement to his health, he came to work as assistant pastor at Saint Rita’s Parish and Shrine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2004 to 2006.

Again, health problems caused him to return to the health care unit at Saint Thomas Monastery, Villanova, where he eventually died.

Hyland was born on May 23, 1942, in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., the son of Thomas W. and Rita (Fordham) Hyland.

He had a twin brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Noreen and Ann Marie.

He attended Albany State University, graduating with a BS degree.

After teaching high school for a year, he was received into the Order of Saint Augustine on Sept. 9, 1965, and completed his year as a novice at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, N.Y.

From 1966 to 1968 he attended Villanova University, while living at the Augustinian Collegiate Seminary, St. Mary’s Hall, on campus. There, he completed his studies in Philosophy and completed an MA.

He obtained his MA in theological studies in 1972. He was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 28, 1971.

His first assignment was to Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Penn., where he taught, was guidance director and adapted the Cursillo Movement retreat for the students, calling it Malvernians Encounter Christ in Others, or MECO.

He next was assigned to formation work in the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova from 1977 to 1982, both as Director of Professed and Director of the Pre-Novitiate program.

From 1982 to 1985 he was assistant pastor at Saint Augustine’s Parish in Andover, Mass., and from 1985 to 1993 he served as pastor at Saint Augustine’s Parish in Troy, N.Y.

In 1993, Hyland was assigned to Campus Ministry at Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.

From 1998 to 2003 he was the Director of the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, the retreat house of the diocese, and he helped also at Saint Margaret’s Parish, Maggie Valley, N.C.