Glennon Patrick Flavin

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His Excellency The Most Reverend

Glennon Flavin
Bishop of Lincoln
See Lincoln
Appointed May 29, 1967
Installed August 1967
Term ended March 24, 1992
Predecessor James Vincent Casey
Successor Fabian Bruskewitz
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis (1957–1967)
Titular Bishop of Ioannina (1957–1967)
Ordination December 20, 1941
Consecration May 30, 1957
Personal details
Born March 2, 1916
St. Louis, Missouri
Died August 27, 1995
Denton, Nebraska
Buried Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln, Nebraska
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater St. Louis Preparatory Seminary
Kenrick Seminary
Motto Ut Christus Regnet
(That Christ May Reign)
Styles of
Glennon Flavin
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Glennon Patrick Flavin (March 2, 1916 – August 27, 1995) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Lincoln from 1967 to 1992.


Glennon Flavin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of six children.[1] His father was a police lieutenant.[2] His brother Cornelius also joined the priesthood, was eventually made a Monsignor, and was the pastor of Timothy Dolan, a future Cardinal and Archbishop of New York, when young Father Dolan served at The Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights.[3] After graduating from St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, he studied at Kenrick Seminary.[2]

He was ordained a priest by Archbishop John J. Glennon on December 20, 1941.[4] He then served as a curate at St. Michael Church and taught algebra at the Cathedral Latin School in St. Louis.[2] In 1948, he was named assistant director of the Archdiocesan Mission Office, becoming its director in 1956.[1] He became a curate at the Cathedral of St. Louis and private secretary to Archbishop Joseph Ritter in 1949.[2]

On April 17, 1957, Flavin was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Titular Bishop of Ioannina by Pope Pius XII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 30 from Archbishop Ritter, with Bishops Charles Herman Helmsing and Leo Christopher Byrne serving as co-consecrators.[4] He selected as his episcopal motto: "Ut Christus Regnet" (Latin: "That Christ May Reign").[1]

In addition to his episcopal duties, he became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in University City in 1960.[2] Following the promotion of Bishop James Vincent Casey to Archbishop of Denver in February 1967, Flavin was named the seventh Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, by Pope Paul VI on May 29, 1967.[4] Known for his conservative views although many recognize his actions to be faithful to Christ and to Rome. He greatly increased the number of priestly vocations during his tenure.[5]

He founded the School Sisters of Christ the King in 1976.[1] In 1981, he prohibited women from serving as lectors during Mass; in response, Archbishop Rembert Weakland called his actions "a step backward and offensive."[6][7]

After twenty-four years as bishop, Flavin retired on March 24, 1992.[4] He died from cancer at his residence in Denton, aged 79.[2] He is buried in the chapel of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Our Founder: Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin (1916- 1995)". School Sisters of Christ the King. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bishop Emeritus Glennon Patrick Flavin". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 1995-08-29. 
  3. ^ McFeely, Tom (2009-02-23). "Archbishop Dolan to New York". National Catholic Register. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin". [self-published source]
  5. ^ "Lincoln, Nebraska: how a Catholic diocese was built". AD2000. May 1995. 
  6. ^ "Lincoln Diocese action opposed". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 1981-11-14. 
  7. ^ Keating, Karl. "Up Front". Catholic Answers. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Vincent Casey
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Fabian Bruskewitz
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
Succeeded by