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.