Nebraska Authors

Edward Joseph Flanagan

AKA: Father Flanagan

Born 1886-07-13 Leabeg, Roscommon (IRELAND)

Died 1948-05-15
Berlin (GERMANY)

Died of a heart attack while visiting Berlin.

Boys Town, NE (USA)
Dowd Memorial Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Parish
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Edward J. Flanagan was ordained as a priest at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His first parish was in O'Neill, Nebraska then moved to Omaha where he founded the Boys Town Home for Boys in 1917.

Places Lived

Emmitsburg, MD
Dunwoodie, NY
Innsbruck, AUSTRIA
O'Neill, NE
Omaha, NE
Boys Town, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Children; Boys; Child-rearing; Child Welfare;


Summerhill College, Sligo, IRELAND
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1906, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
Master of Arts Degree, 1908, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
Graduate Studies, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY
Graduate Studies, University of Innsbruck, AUSTRIA


Catholic Priest
Founder of Boys Town

Places Worked

St. Patrick's Catholic Church, O'Neill, NE
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Omaha, NE
St. Philomena's Catholic Church, Omaha, NE
Boys Town, NE


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 75 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
Pope Pius XI named him a Domestic Prelate with the title Right Reverend Monsignor in 1937
In 1986, the United States Postal Service issued a 4¢ Great Americans Series postage stamp honoring him
Nebraska Hall of Fame Member
On 25 February 2012, the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha, NE opened the canonisation process of Father Flanagan


Understanding Your Boy. 1950.

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