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Father Flanagan’s Tomb

Father Flanagan Tomb

​​​​​​​​​​​​Boys Town founder Father Edward J. ​Flanagan was called on to help children ​both nationally and internationally. After ​World ​War II, President ​Truman asked him to travel to Asia and Europe to attend discussions about children left orphaned and displaced by the war. During a tour of Europe, he fell ill and died of a heart attack in Berlin, Germany, on May 15, 1948.​​


Funeral services for Father Flanagan were held here in the Dowd Memorial Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, ​located in the heart of his beloved Boys Town. Today, adjacent to the nave on the west side of the Chapel, is Father Flanagan’s Tomb.

On March 17, 2012, Father Flanagan’s cause for sainthood was opened as he was named a Servant of God. This began a formal four-step process that may lead to him being declared a saint. This investigation was recently completed by the Omaha Archdiocese and has been sent to Rome. Read the Omaha World-Herald article.

“…The work will continue, you see, whether I am there or not, because it is God’s work, not mine.” — Father ​Flanagan

Learn more about the canonization process for Father Flanagan.


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