BRISTOL – Father Mark Francis Flynn, age 68, formerly of Waterford, passed away suddenly on Jan. 15, 2014, at home.
He was born in Hartford on June 4, 1945, and was a son of the late Edward J. Flynn Sr. and Anna Mae (Duncan) Flynn.
He studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield from 1963-65 and then at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore from 1966-72. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on May 27, 1972, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Father Flynn served at St. Francis Parish in Torrington from 1972-75, when he became a chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, where he served until 1981.
Father Flynn then served in St. Margaret Mary Parish in South Windsor until 1984, when he became a member of the team ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Southbury. In 1989, he became the administrator of Sacred Heart, and then pastor later that year. He served at Sacred Heart Parish until 2003, when he was named pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Farmington.
On April 4, 2011, he was named a priest-in-residence at St. John Fisher Parish in Marlborough. In July 2012, he was appointed to serve at St. Bridget and St. Bartholomew parishes in Manchester until his health made full-time ministry impossible.
He is survived by his sister, MaryEllen Zukowski of Bristol, with whom he lived during his illness. He also leaves his nephews, Christopher Zukowski of Burlington and Matthew Zukowski of Wallingford; and a niece, Elizabeth Bezanson of Baltic; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Edward J. Flynn Jr.
A parish Mass was celebrated on Jan. 19 at St. Gregory the Great Church, where Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Contributions in memory of Father Flynn may be made to St. Francis Hospital Oncology Department, 94 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.