Edward P. Flynn, O.S.A.

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1869 – 1913 (February 16)

Edward Philip Flynn, son of James Flynn and Rosanna Carney, was born in Mechanicville, New York on February 24, 1869. He was baptized by Father Filippo Izzo, O.S.A. in our church in Mechanicville four days later. He entered the novitiate in Villanova, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1887, and made his simple profession on September 2, 1888. He was solemnly professed on September 2, 1891, and was ordained to the priesthood on January 6, 1892 by Archbishop Patrick Ryan at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Father Flynn was assigned to serve at Saint Mary’s Parish, Lawrence, Massachusetts, in July 1892. He was transferred to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1894. The Provincial Chapter of 1898 appointed him Vice President of Villanova College, and the following year he was named Master of Novices and subprior there. In 1902, Father Flynn became rector of Saint John’s Parish, Schaghticoke, New York, and a definitor of the Province. At the Provincial Chapter of 1912 he was elected discreet to the General Chapter.

During his pastorate, Father Flynn was stricken with a lingering illness from which he experienced much suffering. On January 8, 1913, a friar of his community wrote to the Prior Provincial, “Poor Flynn … he receives every day very devotedly. He is certainly well prepared and willing to go.” The following month he passed away at the age of 44, on February 16, 1913. 

Father Flynn is buried in Saint John’s Cemetery in Troy, N.Y.