Helen Glynn became Music Director at St. Lucy in 1996.
Helen Glynn is the daughter of the late Lt. Albert A. and Josephine A. Fisher., the fourth of six children. The family came to Newport in 1950, living on Goat Island until her father retired from the US Navy in 1953. Middletown became their home, and St. Lucy’s became their parish, where she was a member of a “little” choir, sometimes singing at two masses on Sunday morning . Helen was confirmed, and married in St. Lucy’s and both her children were baptized and received their Sacraments here, also.
Helen’s education began in Worcester, Massachusetts, continued at St. Mary’s School in Newport, and consequently attended Middletown public schools, graduating from Rogers High School in 1961. After attending Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, in Springfield, Mass, an AS in Nursing was obtained from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass., and a BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
Born with a love a music and singing, Helen joined the St. Lucy’s Music Ministry in 1984, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, attending many workshops to become a cantor and obtain knowledge about scripture and music for prayer in liturgy.. At a conference in 1992, “the Holy Spirit told me to listen to what God was telling me” and Helen went back to URI to study music, obtaining in 1997 a Masters Degree in Music Education, focusing on vocal performance, all while working at Newport Hospital. January 1, 1996, she became Music Director at St. Lucy’s.
Helen retired from Newport Hospital in November 2009 after 36 years, spending most of that time working nights as a Registered Nurse certified in Behavioral Health Nursing. She lives in Portsmouth, RI, with her husband to Frederick Glynn. Their children are Rebecca, Matthew, and his wife Cynthia, and three grandchildren, Angel, and Lilianna, and Nicholas.