|Father Edward Joseph Flanagan of Boys Town|
FLANAGAN, Edward Joseph (1886-1948),
Father Flanagan was born in Ireland, and educated there and in Rome. He
went to the U.S. in 1904 and was ordained a priest after completing his
studies at the Jesuit University, Innsbruck, Austria, in 1912. In 1914,
while serving as assistant pastor at Saint Patrick's Church, Omaha, Nebr.,
he established the Workingmen's Hotel as a refuge for destitute men. Three
years later he turned to the work of youth rehabilitation, setting up the
Home for Homeless Boys. It was eventually moved ten miles west of Omaha,
and built a village for homeless boys and called it Boys Town.
On September 8, 1948 our council was rededicated to the principles of
charity and faith in God and man which Father Flanagan practiced in his
work at Boys Town. .