Fr. Edward Flanagan

Order: MM
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 09/25/2016
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Accused in a 6/19 court filing of sexually abusing a boy 1962-1970, beginning when the child was age 4, including an incident in the Bahamas, where the priest had accompanied the victim’s family. The court filing on behalf of the victim’s estate sought discovery from the Maryknoll order after the victim took his own life on 1/14/19. Flanagan had reportedly joined the Maryknolls in 1956 as a religious brother, was ordained in 1964, and worked at St John and St Mary church in Chappaqua NY in the 1960s, when he received psychological counseling but was allowed to continue working with children and families. His connection with the parish is documented as early as 1962, when Flanagan was a seminarian. He reportedly left the order in 1971, became a follower of Meher Baba, worked as a ‘writer-actor and bioenergy healer,’ and died on 9/25/16.

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