Fr. Flynn to Leave Malvern Prep After 50 Years of Service

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On Monday, November 21, Mr. Patrick Sillup shared a communication with the Malvern Community announcing that Fr. James Flynn, O.S.A. was being reassigned to the Monastery of St. Thomas of Villanova on December 5, 2022. Included in the communication was a letter from Rev. Robert Hagan, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, who said, "The Monastery is better equipped to provide the care and support that Fr. Flynn needs at this time in his life...While this news may be difficult to hear, please know it is the result of a process rooted in care, prayer, and compassion. It was also a process that included multiple discussions with Fr. Flynn. Understandably, this reassignment will be emotional for all involved, and I join countless others in appreciation of the legacy and lasting impact Fr. Flynn has had on the Malvern Prep Community. I look forward to working with you to find ways for Fr. Flynn to periodically return to Malvern Prep for future events."

News of Fr. Flynn's reassignment spread quickly through the Malvern Community with many alumni, parents, faculty, friends, and students sharing their well-wishes to Fr. Flynn spanning across decades. "Wishing you the very best on your transition to the Monastery. My son Kyle thought the world of you along with his classmates. Just know you have influenced and made an impact on the students and lives you’ve touched!" said Aaron Worsnup P'24.

Similar sentiments were shared over and over again. "Flynner, I cannot begin to thank you enough for your dedication, love, and leadership to the Malvern Prep Community for over 50 years! We owe you a debt of gratitude for your selfless support! You have been one of the cornerstones to helping Malvern grow and evolve as a school and more importantly help mold the young men who have passed through the gates of Warren Ave! You may be moving to a new home but your presence will never leave the Malvern campus, " shared Carter Sims from the Class of 1984.

A celebration for Fr. Flynn and his 50 years of dedicated service to Malvern Prep will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Details will be forthcoming.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to share memories and well-wishes! If you would like to share a message with Fr. Flynn, please click here.