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Thomas Joseph Flanagan (October 23, 1930 – October 9, 2019) was an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Antonio in the United States. He was born in Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland and died in San Antonio.

Thomas Joseph Flanagan
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of San Antonio
Titular Bishop of Bavagaliana
ArchdioceseSan Antonio
AppointedJanuary 5, 1998
InstalledFebruary 16, 1998
Term endedDecember 5, 2005
Other postsTitular Bishop of Bavagaliana
OrdinationJune 10, 1956
ConsecrationFebruary 16, 1998
by Patrick Flores, Edmond Carmody, and John E. McCarthy
Personal details
Born(1930-10-23)October 23, 1930
Rathmore, Ireland
DiedOctober 9, 2019(2019-10-09) (aged 88)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
MottoFor Christ we are ambassadors
Styles of
Thomas Joseph Flanagan
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Early life and educationEdit

Thomas Flanagan was the oldest of eight children born to Patrick and Mary McNamara Flanagan.[1] He studied at St. Patrick's College, Thurles, and was ordained a priest on June 10, 1956 for the Diocese of San Antonio. Flanagan served in eight parishes and also as spiritual advisor of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Chairman of the Board of the archdiocese's Assumption Seminary, as well as diocesan chapter chaplain for its Knights of Columbus.[1] Following further study he was awarded a Masters of Divinity from the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio in 1979.

Episcopal careerEdit

On January 5, 1998 he was appointed Titular Bishop for Bavagaliana and Auxiliary Bishop for his home diocese by Pope John Paul II.[2][3] Flanagan was consecrated a bishop on February 16, 1998. His Principal Consecrator was Archbishop Patrick Flores. Flanagan's principal co-consecrators were Bishop Edmond Carmody, and Bishop John McCarthy.

Flanagan retired on December 15, 2005 at the age of 75.

Bishop Flanagan died in San Antonio on October 9, 2019.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan marks 50 years of service". satodayscatholic. June 26, 2006.
  2. ^ "Bishop Thomas Joseph Flanagan". catholic-hierarchy. February 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Flanagan newest honorary OMI". satodayscatholic. October 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Thomas Flanagan, retired San Antonio auxiliary bishop, dies at 89". KENS5. October 9, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

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Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Anthony Galante
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Succeeded by
Oscar Cantú