THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES ELIZABETHTOWN, ESSEX, WESTPORT, AND WILLSBORO

Father Francis Flynn

Father Francis Flynn"Father Francis J. Flynn, who has served as pastor of the Catholic Community of Constable, Westville and Trout River since 2002, will become pastor in Elizabethtown and Westport in September. (2015)

A native of Massena, he was born Nov. 1, 1944. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and at the North American College at Rome. Father Flynn was ordained in December of 1969 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In 1970, he received an STL degree from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Father Flynn's first assignment was as an assistant pastor at St. John's in Plattsburgh. In 1973, he joined the Ogdensburg Peruvian Apostolate, serving in Mollendo, Peru, until 1981. Upon his return to the United States, Father Flynn was associate pastor at St. Joseph¹s in Malone. In 1982, he was named pastor in Lake Clear and campus minister at Paul Smiths College.

Father Flynn left the diocese in 1984 to work with the Maryknoll order for two years. Upon his return, he was assigned to North Bangor where he served as pastor until 1995 when he was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Augustine's in Peru. For several months in 1996 he took part in a sabbatical program in Jerusalem. Upon his return in June 1996, he was named pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Campus Parish in Potsdam. In 1999, he was named pastor in Bloomingdale and Gabriels where he continued in campus ministry at Paul Smiths College and served as a part-time prison chaplain at Camp Gabriels until moving to Constable in 2002."