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Gerald Stortz


Archbishop John Joseph Lynch, C.M. successfully ran existing charities and founded new ones for Irish Catholic immigrants in Toronto. He partnered with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and delegated leadership of other charities to its members. Lynch was the main financial support of the House of Providence, which housed orphans and the elderly. He established the Saint Nicholas Home for Newsboys and the Notre Dame Institute, a home for working Catholic girls. He worked with the Saint John Temperance Society and the Toronto Savings Bank; the latter was supposed to help persons who were poor save money. Other concerns included prison reform, rehabilitation of prisoners, and medical care for the poor. He also championed the Knights of Labor.