REV. MSGR. GEORGE B. FLINN
CLASS OF 1967
Diocese Mourns the Passing of Msgr. George Flinn
Msgr. George B. Flinn, Vicar General for Pastoral Life and Ministry and Rector of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown, died on September 6, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Msgr. Flinn was ordained a priest in 1966 in Rome. He held various administrative positions in the Diocese. He served as Vice-Chancellor from 1972-1987; Chancellor from 1987-1992; and Vicar General for Pastoral Life and Ministry from 1992 until his death. Msgr. Flinn served as Rector of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral from 1993 until his death. Prior to his appointment at Saint John Gualbert, he served as Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona, Holy Rosary Parish in the Juniata section of Altoona and Administrator of Saint Monica Parish in Chest Springs. He was a Parochial Vicar at Saint Rose of Lima and Sacred Heart Parish in Altoona. Viewings were held for Msgr. Flinn at Saint John Gualbert on September 9 and at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona on September 10. A Mass of Remembrance was held at Saint John Gualbert on September 9. A funeral Mass was held at the Altoona Cathedral on September 11. Bishop Joseph was the Celebrant of both Masses and priests of the Diocese concelebrated. Parishioners, friends and colleagues remember Msgr. Flinn as a priest of great faith, great humility, great compassion, great optimism and great enthusiasm. In his remarks at the Mass of Remembrance, Bishop Joseph said he had the opportunity to visit Msgr. Flinn the day before he died. Bishop Joseph said he thanked Msgr. Flinn for his outstanding service to the Diocese.