Robert Dermot O'Flanagan

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Robert Dermot O'Flanagan (March 9, 1901—December 31, 1972) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Juneau from 1951 to 1968.

Biography[edit]

Robert O'Flanagan was born in Lahinch, County Clare, and attended the Dominican School in Dún Laoghaire and Belvedere College in Dublin.[1] He continued his studies at Ignatius College in Valkenburg in the Netherlands, where he was ordained to the priesthood on August 27, 1929.[2] Returning to Ireland, he taught at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1930 to 1932.[1] He then volunteered to do missionary work in Alaska, arriving at Juneau in 1933.[3] He served in Seward before serving as pastor of Holy Family Church in Anchorage (1933-1951).[1]

On July 9, 1951, O'Flanagan was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Juneau by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 3 from Bishop Francis Doyle Gleeson, S.J., with Bishops Charles Daniel White and Joseph Patrick Dougherty serving as co-consecrators.[2] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965. After seventeen years as bishop, he resigned on June 19, 1968; becoming a titular bishop.[2] He later resigned his titular see on January 13, 1971.[2] He died at age 71.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Robert Dermot O'Flanagan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ Bagoy, John. "Fr. Demont O'Flanagan and Holy Family Church". Holy Family Cathedral History. Archived from the original on 2009-10-28. 

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
none
Bishop of Juneau
1951–1968
Succeeded by
Francis Thomas Hurley