Barry’s Bio

Barry T. Hynes, Co-Founder and Vice President for Program Development

Barry has dedicated his life to public service and educational equality.  After a career in government service, Barry became a teacher in New York’s lower eastside where he taught for eight years.  He returned to Boston to establish the Nativity Preparatory School, an accredited, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school serving boys of all faiths from low-income families residing in Boston.  The model he established there served as the inspiration for 50 additional Nativity Schools across the nation as well as the Paraclete Academy.  After co-founding Paraclete with Sister Ann, he spearheaded the creation of the New Bedford Nativity School and the Covenant School of Hartford.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Barry is a recipient of the Ignatian Alumnus Award from Boston College High School, the Dana Greeley Prize for Peace and Justice, and the Reverend Ray Callahan Service Award.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Barry was elected to the Boston City Council and served as its President in 1967. He also held the position of City Clerk of Boston for many years.   Barry is the son of a former Boston Mayor, John Hynes.