ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2007 â€” Pope Benedict XVI conferred the papal honor of monsignor on Father Michael P. Flynn, pastor of St. Kilian parish, Farmingdale, N.Y.
When the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, made the announcement, Msgr. Flynn said he was â€śkind of speechless. I was very grateful that he thought of me. It came as a complete surprise.â€ť
Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Msgr. Flynn was raised in Baldwin, N.Y. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from St. Johnâ€™s University. He attended then St. John Vianney Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., from 1967 to 1971.
Msgr. Flynn was ordained into the priesthood May 29, 1971, and assigned to then Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, N.Y. for the summer. The following September, he served at Christ the King parish, Commack, N.Y., until 1978, when he was assigned to St. Mark parish, Shoreham, N.Y. He then served at Our Lady of Mercy parish, Hicksville, N.Y. from 1979 to 1986, when he was assigned to St. Margaret of Scotland parish, Selden, N.Y.
In 1992, he served at St. Philip Neri parish, Northport, N.Y., where he stayed until he was appointed pastor at Our Lady of Assumption parish, Copiague, N.Y., in 1993. He has been pastor at St. Kilian parish since 2005.
Msgr. Flynn also completed two sabbatical studiesâ€”one in Berkley, Calif., and one in Rome.
He described the latter as â€śphenomenal.
â€śYou really get to appreciate the universality of the Church and yet its unity, and how everything comes together. Itâ€™s just an amazing experience.â€ť
Msgr. Flynn served on the Priests Continuing Education Committee for five years, and he currently serves on the Deacon Admission Advisory Board. In this capacity, he interviews potential candidates for the permanent diaconate.
In his free time, Msgr. Flynn enjoys growing tomatoes and beans in his vegetable garden and listening to Bach, Mozart and Haydn.
Editorâ€™s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz
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Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
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