Father Hyde was born in Concord, Massachusetts, grew up in Acton, MA, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Darien, CT, before moving to Cazenovia at the age of 16. He has one older and two younger sisters, and a brother who is the youngest in the family; He has five nephews and two nieces. His late dad was in the beer business and his mom was a former librarian and a homemaker. Father Hyde went to high school at a Benedictine boarding school, Portsmouth Abbey School, in Rhode Island. He went to college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, LeMoyne College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, He was ordained in 1988.
Father Hyde has been a priest for 20 years, most of that time in parish ministry, but for the last four years he was a chaplain at Crouse Hospital. His ministry has been mostly in parishes: Holy Family in Fairmount, St. Joseph’s in Camillus, and as pastor at St. Patrick’s in Whitney Point. He has also worked in the tribunal of the diocese with Fr. Tim Elmer and still helps out there occasionally.
Father Hyde’s philosophy of priesthood and parish life is simple to state but challenging to put into practice: The priest and the parish should have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, the sacraments, and community life.
Father states that – “This challenges me to deepen my relationship with Jesus and it calls us as a community to do what we can to help all our members have a living relationship with Jesus. A lot goes into this, good liturgy, fostering private prayer and devotions, social justice work, and being a joyful welcoming community.”