Harry Joseph Flynn
|The Most Reverend
Harry Joseph Flynn
|Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Paul and Minneapolis|
|Installed||September 8, 1995|
|Term ended||May 2, 2008|
May 2, 1933 |
Schenectady, New York
|Alma mater||Siena College|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Harry Joseph Flynn (born May 2, 1933 in Schenectady, New York) is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Flynn succeeded his predecessor, Archbishop John Roach, on September 8, 1995.
Previously, Archbishop Flynn was the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette in south-central Louisiana, having been ordained to the episcopate, in Albany, New York on June 24, 1986. On May 5, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation from the pastoral government of the Archdiocese in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. He was succeeded by Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt.
Flynn is a graduate of Siena College, having earned both a B.A. and a M.A. in English. After attending Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland he was ordained a Catholic priest on May 18, 1960. Flynn was incardinated into the Diocese of Albany in the state of New York.
Archbishop Flynn is a member of several boards and committees.
- Member of the Board of Trustees at The Catholic University of America
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of St. Thomas
- President of the Saint John Vianney Seminary Board of Directors
- Member of the College of Saint Catherine Board of Trustees
- Member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee for Black Catholics
- Member of the USCCB Committee on Sexual Abuse
- Member of the USCCB Committee on the Charismatic Renewal Movement
Social justice initiatives
Flynn is especially noted for his devotion to Catholic education and the emphasis in his ministry on social justice, especially within his own archdiocese. He is also a strong advocate for Catholic economic justice abroad, and many of the parishes in the archdiocese have sister parishes in impoverished nations, such as Costa Rica. On September 12, 2003 he released a pastoral letter dealing with the issue of racism titled In God's Image, in which he called for the parishes of the diocese to unite in an effort to end racism and promote diversity and harmony, and in so doing, to make God's love more present to the rest of the world. Like his late predecessor, Flynn is an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq.
In the same month, Flynn departed from archdiocesan precedent by ordering his priests to refuse the Eucharist to any person wearing a rainbow sash – a symbol associated with those advocating change in the Church's position on homosexual activity.
Flynn requested that the Holy See assign a coadjutor archbishop, and on April 24, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed John Clayton Nienstedt, Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, as Flynn's coadjutor. Archbishop Nienstedt succeeded Flynn on May 2, 2008  and also served as apostolic administrator of New Ulm until a successor was named in July 2008. 
|Consecrated by:||Howard J. Hubbard|
|Bishop||Date of consecration|
|Blase Joseph Cupich||September 21, 1998|
|Frederick Francis Campbell||May 14, 1999|
|Richard Edmund Pates||March 26, 2001|
|Dennis Marion Schnurr||April 2, 2001|
|Samuel Joseph Aquila||August 24, 2001|
|Paul Joseph Swain||October 26, 2006|
|Peter Forsyth Christensen||September 23, 2007|
|Michael Joseph Hoeppner||November 30, 2007|
- "Bishop Harry Flynn". Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana.
- Cf. Holy See Press Office, Daily Bulletin of 02.05.2008, Rinunce e nomine, Rinuncia e successione dell'Arcivescovo di St. Paul and Minneapolis (U.S.A.) (Italian)
- "Meet Archbishop Flynn". Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
- Harry J., Flynn (September 12, 2003). In God's Image. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
- Archdiocesan Website
- Catholic Hierarchy.org
- "Bishop John C. Nienstedt named Coadjutor Archbishop". News Release #411 (Diocese of New Ulm). April 24, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
- Cheney, David M. (November 23, 2007). "Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis". Catholic-Hierarchy.com. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
- Brief biography from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
- Episcopal Lineage from Catholic-Hierarchy.org
|Catholic Church titles|
|Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
John Clayton Nienstedt