Father Lawrence W. Flynn, M.M.


Father Lawrence W. Flynn, M.M., who served in China for 11 years, died July 9 in the Assisted Living Unit at Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining. He was 93.

Father Flynn was in China, 1987-1998, serving as a teacher and initiating the Chinese Seminary Teachers and Formators Project to bring Chinese students to the United States for study.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., he served in the U.S. Marine Corps before entering Maryknoll in 1948. He withdrew from Maryknoll in 1953 and rejoined the society in 1981. He professed his final oath in 1987 and was ordained the same year.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Maryknoll; and master’s degrees in social science and education from Boston College, and theology from Maryknoll School of Theology.

He also served in the Peace Corps, Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense.

His sister, Ruth Piercey, survives him.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated July 15 in Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll Society Center. Burial was in Maryknoll Society Cemetery.

Father Lawrence W. Flynn, M.M.