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July 13 - HIS BIRTH
Ruins of the Flanagan homestead in Leabeg, Ballymoe, Ireland
Baptized St. Croans
Edward J. Flanagan was one of 11 children of John and Nora Flanagan, a hard working farm family. Perhaps due to illness at birth, he was frail and struggled with illness throughout his entire life.
arrives in america
In 1904, he arrived in New York City and in 1907 moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to live with his brother, Fr. P.A. Flanagan, so his sister Nellie could nurse her younger brother back to health. In 1912, when he was well enough to finish his seminary studies, Fr. Flanagan was ordained in Innsbruck, Austria.
July 26, 1912 – Ordained in the Brixon Diocese, in Saint Ignatius Church Innsbruck, Austria. First Mass, St. Ignatius Church in Innsbruck.
August 25, 1912 – Celebrates first Solemn High Mass at Holy Angels, Omaha, Nebraska
Established Workingman’s Hotel, Omaha
October 17, 1921 – Moved to Overlook Farm, Present day Boys Town, NE
He visited his beloved Ireland for the last time, touring prisons, industrial schools for youth, and youth care facilities operated by government and religious orders. He condemned them as a “disgrace to the nation,” and offered a solution only to be ridiculed by the government and some religious.
April 19, 1947 – Arrives in Philippines
April 24, 1947 – Arrives in Japan
May 29, 1947 – Arrives in Korea