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St. Kate’s celebrates Archbishop Flynn’s ordination to the priesthood

St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Rev. Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, on May 26.

Archbishop Flynn, who led the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1995 until his retirement in May 2008, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., on May 28, 1960.

The evening included a liturgy in Our Lady of Victory Chapel and a dinner and tribute to Archbishop Flynn at the Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Hall in Coeur de Catherine. The event was hosted by Sister Andrea Lee and Father Dennis Dease, presidents of St. Catherine and St. Thomas, respectively.

An accomplished cook and engaging storyteller, Archbishop Flynn — a member of the Board of Trustees at both St. Kate's and St. Thomas — is a gracious host who often welcomes people to his home to share a meal. He has been equally generous in his work with the two Catholic universities of the Archdiocese, serving as counselor and trusted friend to Presidents Lee and Dease.

St. Kate’s conferred an honorary doctorate upon Archbishop Flynn in May 2008 and established the Harry J. Flynn Distinguished Professorship in Catholic Identity in his honor. Both University presidents honored the Archbishop further at the jubilee event by promising to establish an annual scholarship in his name at each institution for a promising Catholic student who can't afford higher education.

May 26, 2010 by Julie Michener

See also: Catholic Identity