Bishop Thomas Flanagan death, obituary – what happened?

Bishop Thomas Flanagan death, obituary happened Wednesday October 9, 2019. He was 89 years old.

Bishop Thomas Flanagan death

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Flanagan cause of death was a long illness, according to the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

In recent years before his passing, the bishop lived at the Padua Place residence for retired clergy. Funeral arrangements are pending.

San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller confirmed his death in a statement that read:

“We offer our condolences to the family and countless friends of Bishop Tom Flanagan. “He was a blessing for so many; and in his service in parishes and ministries he was a symbol of God’s grace.”

Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette said:

“Bishop Tom, as so many addressed him, was a gentle giant, a quiet saint. His ministry as priest and bishop in our archdiocese assisted so many with the grace of God which he lived and preached.”

Bishop Thomas Flanagan death, obituary:

Thomas Joseph Flanagan was born the oldest of eight children to Patrick and Mary McNamara Flanagan on Oct. 23, 1930, in Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland.

Flanagan was ordained a priest by Archbishop Jeremiah Kinane on June 10, 1956, at the Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Thurles for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

He was named a monsignor by Pope John Paul II on Nov. 29, 1989.

January 5, 1998, he was appointed auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese. Flanagan was consecrated a bishop on February 16 by Archbishop Flores at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium.

Bishop Flanagan retired on Dec. 15, 2005, at the age of 75, when his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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