Omaha archdiocesan phase for Flanagan, Boys Town founder, cause ends; documents go to Rome

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June 23, 2015


Portrait of Father Flanagan created by Boys Town alum Paul Otera, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — About 800 people witnessed history June 18 as the Archdiocese of Omaha advanced to Rome the sainthood cause for Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town founder.

Archbishop George J. Lucas was the main celebrant of a morning Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha that marked the closing of the archdiocesan phase of the canonization effort with a special ceremony to encase and officially seal four boxes — 4,600 pages — of documents detailing the archdiocese’s three-year investigation.

The documents will be shipped to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes at the Vatican. If the findings are accepted, recognizing Father Flanagan’s heroic virtues, he will be declared “venerable.”

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