John Flannery

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Fr. John Charles Flannery, O.P.

Mar. 14, 1932 - Mar. 24, 2013


Fr. John Flannery died unexpectedly at St. Albert Priory, Oakland on Palm Sunday, March 24. He was ordained on June 10, 1960 at St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco. He received his MD degree from Marquette University in 1966, and served as priest and medical missionary in Ocosingo, Mexico. Later he received his degree in psychiatry from the University of Michigan.


Fr. Flannery served as part-time chaplain at San Quentin Prison, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, and Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services for Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.


He ministered at the Newman Center at Arizona State University and in parish ministry at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco. In 1985, he was elected Prior Provincial and served two terms. Afterward he served the Native American population at Whiteriver, Arizona.


Fr. Flannery was spiritual director and counselor to many, including diocesan priests and seminarians in Phoenix and San Diego and to his own Dominican brothers in the Western Province. He retired from active ministry in 2011 and was living at St. Albert Priory until his death. Fr. Flannery will be missed for his talents as an administrator, confessor, counselor, and spiritual director, and for his kind and respectful demeanor to all he met.


Vigil services: Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm at St. Albert Priory


Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 am at St. Albert Priory


Burial in St. Dominic Cemetery, Benicia following Mass


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 31, 2013
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