Monsignor Edward J. Flanagan of Boys Town

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Right Reverend Monsignor Edward Joseph Flanagan

Birthplace: Leabeg, County Roscommon, Ireland
Death: May 15, 1948 (61)
Berlin, Germany (Heart Attack)
Place of Burial: Boys Town, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Flanagan and Honoria Flanagan
Brother of Fr. Stevens of Boys Town; Private; Private; Private; Private and 6 others

Occupation: Roman Catholic Priest
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About Monsignor Edward J. Flanagan of Boys Town

Monsignor Edward Joseph Flanagan (13 July 1886 – 15 May 1948) was an Irish-born priest of the Catholic Church in the United States. He founded the orphanage known as Boys Town located in Boys Town, Douglas County, Nebraska, which now also serves as a center for troubled youth.

Flanagan was born in the townland of Leabeg, County Roscommon, near the village of Ballymoe, County Galway, Ireland. His parents were John (a herdsman) and Honoria Flanagan. He attended Summerhill College, Sligo, Ireland.

In 1904, he immigrated to the United States and became a US citizen in 1919. He attended Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where in 1906 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in 1908. Father Flanagan studied at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. He continued his studies in Italy and at the University of Innsbruck in Austria where he was ordained a priest in 1912. His first parish was in O'Neill, Nebraska, where from 1912 he served as an assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to serve as an assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Church and later at St. Philomena's Church.

In 1917, he founded a home for homeless boys in Omaha. Bishop Jeremiah James Harty of the Diocese of Omaha had misgivings, but endorsed Father Flanagan's experiment. Because the downtown facilities were inadequate, Flanagan established Boys Town, ten miles west of Omaha, in 1921. Under Father Flanagan's direction, Boys Town grew to be a large community with its own boy-mayor, schools, chapel, post office, cottages, gymnasium, and other facilities where boys between the ages of 10 and 16 could receive an education and learn a trade. Flanagan did not believe in the reform school model, and stated, "there's no such thing as a bad boy".

This branch of the tree was added to give access to the tree by Fr. Stevens, who is researching the connection between Fr Flanagan of Boys Town, and Thomas Maurice Mulry who was said to be his cousin. The fake entries are: Winifred Larkin's sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and Fr. Stevens.

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Monsignor Edward J. Flanagan of Boys Town's Timeline

July 13, 1886
Leabeg, County Roscommon, Ireland
May 15, 1948
Age 61
Berlin, Germany
Boys Town, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States