Assignment Record– Rev. John H. Flynn

Summary of Case: Flynn was removed from public ministry in 2002 after a woman reported to the archdiocese that she had been molested by Flynn when she was 6 years-old. He was reinstated in 2005 upon recommendation of the Archdiocesan Review Board. Flynn died January 30, 2011.

: 1955
Died: January 30, 2011


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1957 St. Matthew's Graniteville (Westford) MA



1955 1957 St. Catherine of Alexandria Westford MA assistant This assignment is per Flynn's obituary.(
February 11, 2011)
1957 1958 St. Thomas Aquinas Boston (Jamaica Plain) MA 5/5 Parish had a grade school with 355 boys and 411 girls, and a high school with 100 boys and 234 girls.
1958 1962 Immaculate Conception Cambridge MA 4/4 In residence. Parish had a school with 352-327 boys and 374-349 girls.
1958 1963 Matignon High School Cambridge MA chaplain  


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1974 St. Joseph's Medford MA 2/5, 2/6 Parish had a school with 809-489 students.
1974 1981 St. Paul's


Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having molested a 6-year-old girl in 1978, while he was at St. Paul's. (Boston Globe
January 30, 2003)


3/3, 3/4


Parish had a school with 255-202 students.


Replacing Medeiros was Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).

1997 St. Maria Goretti Lynnfield MA 1/1, 2/2, 1/2  


Sean Patrick O' Malley, OFM.Cap. followed Law
(2003- ).

2009 Retired/Senior Priests   MA  

The Directories list Flynn as retired 1997-2000, and as a senior priest and retired beginning in 2000.

Flynn was placed on administrative leave in 2002 due to the allegation that he had molested a girl in 1978. He was reinstated in October 2005 after the Archdiocesan Review Board determined that the allegation could not be substantiated. (The Associated Press, carried in Boston Globe [Boston MA]
October 25, 2005)

Flynn died January 30, 2011 (McDonald Funeral Homes website)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on September 30, 2015.