Fr. Flanagan: Lessons in Love Kindness from Boys Town

Father Flanagan, a Catholic priest, defied the norms of his time, founded Boys Town, and challenged the conventional approach to child care. His dedication and vision led to the creation of a space where children could come to live as a family, receive education, and be guided with love and compassion. The impact of Boys Town reverberated across America and the world, influencing child care systems and emphasizing kindness, equality, and love.

This episode not only recounts Father Flanagan’s journey but also explores the ethos of Boys Town and its transformative effect on the lives of children. From facing societal opposition and standing up against racial discrimination to advocating for the rights of Japanese Americans during World War II, Father Flanagan exhibited extraordinary compassion and resilience.

In today’s episode, you will:

  • Discover how Fr. Flanagan emphasized love and equality in Boys Town creating a family-like environment.
  • Find out about Fr. Flanagan’s resilience in the face of financial struggles and adversity.
  • Understand the integral role that F. Flanagan played during World War II, especially in supporting Japanese Americans.
  • Get a glimpse into the canonization process of Fr. Flanagan and the impact of his potential sainthood.
  • be inspired by the enduring legacy of Fr. Flanagan and the timeless relevance of his mission in today’s world.

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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

With Thomas Lynch

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