On August 2nd, 2009, His Grace Archbishop John Baptist Odama officially opened Archbishop Flynn Secondary School in Pader. The school is the result of a collaborative effort between the Archdiocese of Gulu, the local community in Pader and external donors. The school is named after Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul - Minneapolis, who, together with the Christians in his Archdiocese, have been very supportive of the project.
Archbishop Flynn was born 1933, New York, USA. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28,1960. Thereafter, he served in parish ministry, school ministry, retreat ministry as well as Seminary formation as Rector of a Seminary. He was ordained a Bishop on June 24, 1986; served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, in the state of Louisiana (USA). He became Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1994 and succeeded Archbishop John Roach in 1995 as Archbishop the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis where he served until his retirement in May 2008. Archbishop Flynn was succeeded by Archbishop John Nienstedt as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul Minneapolis.
On September 28th, 2003, Archbishop Flynn approved and gave his blessing to Archbishop Odama, and his Vicar General, Msgr. Odong for the starting of a secondary school in the Archdiocese of Gulu and naming it after him.
The Archdiocese of Gulu is grateful to all those who have made it possible to build and open this school. Given the suffering that the people in northern Uganda have endured for more than two decades, every efforts to give a future to the people, particularly the young people is greatly appreciated.
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