Father Edward Flanagan inspires me every day.
The founder of Boys Town may have passed away more than 60 years ago, but his dedication to children and his leadership in changing how they are cared for, in America and around the world, still influences us today.
Father Flanagan was truly a man ahead of his time, welcoming kids of every race, nationality and religion to work together to form their own healthy community. It is because of his good works and ministry as a protector of children that a cause for his canonization is underway. The Catholic Church officially named Father Flanagan a “Servant of God” on St. Patrick’s Day – a fitting day for an Irish priest, I’d say.
Father Flanagan also will be inducted into the national Irish American Hall of Fame on April 28, 2012, in recognition of the religious and societal impact he had on America. He will be joining some very prestigious company, including President John F. Kennedy and Henry Ford. This is a tremendous honor for Father Flanagan’s family and for Boys Town.
Father Flanagan was a man whose vision changed millions of lives for the better. Thank you for your support and prayers as we honor Father Flanagan and his life-changing work we carry on today at Boys Town.