I have read with great delight the news that the cause for the canonisation of Fr Edward Flanagan will be officially opened next month. Fr Flanagan was a native of County Roscommon and the founder of Boys Town in Nebraska.
For more read the story here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/boys-town-founder-to-be-named-servant-of-god/
I am especially pleased to see that much of the impetus for Fr Flanagan’s cause has come from the laity who have recognised Fr Flanagan’s sanctity and who have been inspired by his example and who have specifically petitioned and prayed for the opening of his cause. I wish the cause every success, and look forward to a new Irish saint in due course.
Boys Town was the subject of a famous film made in 1938 – Spencer Tracy won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Fr Flanagan. What a different era in Hollywood!