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HARTFORD – Father Michael Joseph Flanagan, 82, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, of 85 New Park Ave., died June 22, 2014, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.

He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Medford, Mass., the son of the late Michael and Annie (O’Brien) Flanagan. He attended St. Patrick Grammar School in Watertown, Mass. He then entered high school at the La Salette Seminary in Hartford, and continued on to junior college at La Salette in Hartford and Bloomfield. He entered the order’s novitiate on July 1, 1952, and made his first profession of vows on July 2, 1953.

After ordination to the priesthood on May 28, 1960, he was appointed the assistant director at the La Salette Shrine in Ipswich before being assigned as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Hartford.

In 1967, he was named assistant pastor of St. Peter Parish in Dagenham, England, and in 1975, pastor of Our Lady of La Salette Parish in Rainham, England. Other assignments included parishes in Danielson as well as in Georgia.

In 2001, Father Flanagan was named senior priest in residence at Blessed Trinity Parish in Orlando, Fla., where he remained until 2009 when he was assigned to live at Hartford House in Hartford.

In addition to his La Salette community, Father Flanagan is survived by a brother-in-law, nephew and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated on June 25 at the La Salette Chapel in Hartford. Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Contributions in Father Flanagan’s memory may be made to: Missionaries of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.

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.