Wednesday, November 30, 2022, marked Fr. James Flynn’s last school-wide Mass at Malvern Prep. Mass opened with Mr. Patrick Sillup, Head of School, offering the Adeodatus Reflection. He shared that in life there are often giants who walk among us, yet fade into the background. Sillup likened Fr. Flynn to being a giant in the Malvern Prep Community - conveying to students that we may not have appreciated all that Fr. Flynn has done for the community and urging them to reach out and thank Fr. Flynn during his remaining days on campus.
At the closing of Mass, Mr. Ron Algeo ’87 P’15, Associate Head of School spoke about his experience with Fr. Flynn:
“There is a verse from the Bible that comes to mind when thinking about Fr. Flynn. In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, St. Paul says, ‘For those who love God and are called to his plan, everything works out for the good,’ There is no other human being I know or have ever met who loves God like Fr. Flynn does and who is so dedicated to His plan. We've been so blessed as a school community to have had Fr. Flynn as an integral member of Malvern Prep for the last 50 years. There's no way to possibly thank him enough. Personally, I can tell you he's been an amazing mentor. I had the opportunity to come back to Malvern in 2002. The only reason that happened is that Fr. Flynn hired me and I am forever indebted to him. He served as a mentor to me in many different roles. I am not the person here at Malvern without him. He is somebody with whom any conversation I've ever had with him, always centers on Christ…always. For that, I'm so impressed and inspired by him. As we begin the season of Advent, where we celebrate light in a time of darkness, I can tell you that Fr. Flynn has been such an incredible light to Malvern Prep. While he has been reassigned by the Augustinian Order, he is not going far. With the help of God, he will be able to visit here frequently with us for more Masses, celebrations, and events - that is a gift we look forward to. Please join me in thanking Fr. Flynn for being the light of Malvern Prep.”
Students, faculty, and staff shared their gratitude by offering Fr. Flynn a standing ovation - just a small token of appreciation for a man whose dedicated career spanned 50 years at our beloved Malvern Prep.