Father Austin Flanagan – Diocese of Scranton

Father Austin Flanagan – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Austin Flanagan

Fr. Austin Flanagan


Ordained: 1966

Absent on sick leave: 1990

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966        Queen of Peace (Hawley, PA)
  • 1966-1969    Nativity BVM (Tunkhannock, PA)
  • 1969-1971    St. Mary (Avoca, PA)
  • 1971-1973    St. Ignatius (Kingston, PA)
  • 1973-1975    St. Mary (Avoca, PA)
  • 1975-1979    Little Flower Manor (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1979-1980    St. Thomas the Apostle (Elkland, PA)
  • 1980-1982    St. Francis of Assisi (Mildred, PA)
  • 1982-1985    St. Mark (Inkerman, PA)
  • 1985-1986    St. Agnes (Forest City, PA)
  • 1986-1990    Blessed Sacrament & St. John the Baptist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1990        Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1990-1993    St. Thomas Aquinas (Archbald, PA)
  • 1993-1994    St. Lucy (Scranton, PA)
  • 1994-1998    Most Precious Blood (Hazleton, PA)/St. Joseph Medical Center
  • 1998-1999    St. Francis of Assisi (West Hazleton, PA)/St. Joseph Med. Center
  • 1999-2002     St. Joseph Medical Center (Hazleton, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Austin Flanagan:

In 1980, McCormick received a letter from a parishioner who advised that Flanagan was sleeping in sleeping bags with young boys.  Parishioners were “disgusted” with the priest, who would not let anyone into the rectory when he had boys sleeping over.

In June 1990, Flanagan admitted himself to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, New York.  Flanagan related that one month prior to his admission to St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York in 1990, he had been questioned about fondling two boys at a summer camp two years earlier. He did not deny that it happened.  He also acknowledged to those treating him that “other similar instances” had happened in the past.

Flanagan continued in active ministry until he was removed in 2002 following the adoption of the Dallas Charter by U.S. Bishops.  However, neither the grand jury report nor the assignment history provided by the Diocese of Scranton provide any information about his whereabouts from 1999 to 2002.

In 2005, the Diocese of Scranton was contacted by a 34-year-old who claimed he was sodomized by Flanagan in the rectory at St. Mary’s in 1973. Flanagan denied any wrongdoing.

Flanagan is still alive and remains a priest of the Diocese of Scranton (without parish assignment).  According to the Diocese, he resides in the Scranton area. He is 77 years old.

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