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obit-Flynn MarkBRISTOL – 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.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.