Rev. John H. Bryson

MANCHESTER - The Rev. John H. Bryson, 87, of Manchester, died May 29, 2012, at the Bishop Peterson House in Manchester.

Father Bryson was born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Manchester, the son of John T. and Mary V. (Hart) Bryson, and was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950 by the Most Rev. Matthew F. Brady, D.D., Fifth Bishop of Manchester, at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.

Father Bryson studied at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass. and Saint Thomas Preparatory Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn., then completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Grand Seminaire de Montreal in Montreal, Canada.

Father Bryson was assigned as associate pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Littleton in June 1950 and then as associate pastor of Saint Christopher Parish in Nashua in May, 1951.

In June 1959, Father Bryson was assigned as associate pastor of Saint Anthony Parish in Sanbornville and then in September 1959 as associate pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Milford. In March 1962 he was appointed temporary administrator of Saint Patrick Parish until May 1962.

In June, 1963 he was assigned as associate pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Newport; in August 1965 to Saint Mary Parish, Rochester.

In September 1967, Bishop Ernest J. Primeau appointed Father Bryson as pastor of Saint Helena Parish in Enfield. In June 1970, Bishop Primeau appointed Father Bryson pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Newmarket and in November 1971 as pastor of Saint Peter Parish in North Walpole.

In June 1977, he was assigned to ministry and residence at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish while retaining ministry to the area nursing homes. In October 1977, Father Bryson was assigned as chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy, with residence at Saint Anne Parish, Manchester.

In October 1989, Father Bryson was assigned as chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in Windham. In October 1991, Father Bryson was appointed pastor of Saint Anthony Parish, West Swanzey, where he served until November of 1998, when he became the chaplain of Good Shepherd Nursing Home. He retired from all active ministry in June of 2002.

During his lifetime, Father Bryson served as chaplain to the Nurse's Sodality; St. Joseph School of Nursing; the Civil Air Patrol; the Monadnock District of the Boy Scouts of America; the Rochester chapter of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America; clergy consultant, Catholic Daughters of America, Court Father Hector Benoit, Newmarket.

He served as a judge to the Diocesan Matrimonial Court and was a member of the Diocesan Vocation Board.

Members of his family include a brother and his wife, Robert and Janice Bryson of Merrimack, a sister, Joan B. Devin of Tiverton, R.I., a niece and a grandniece.


services: On Thursday, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester at 4 p.m. Father Bryson will lie in state in the church from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., concluding with evening prayer.

On Friday, Father Bryson will lie in state from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Joseph Cathedral on Friday at 11 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated after the Mass at Saint Joseph's New Cemetery in Bedford.

The Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home of Manchester has care of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishop Peterson House, 221 Orange St., Manchester 03104.

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Funeral Home

Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Inc.
285 Manchester Street Manchester, NH 03103-5210
(603) 624-4845

Published in Union Leader on May 30, 2012