Cardinal appoints Father Flavin Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region

BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Father James Flavin, M.Div., M.A., LMHC, as Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region in the Archdiocese of Boston. Father Flavin's appointment is effective March 17, 2014.

Cardinal O'Malley said, "We welcome Father Flavin's return to Boston, where he will oversee a diversity of parishes in the Central Region. His experience as a parochial vicar and as a pastor at parishes in Boston and Brockton will be helpful as we continue to implement our pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission. Also, Father Flavin's recent service as president of the St. John Vianney Center and prior assignments as Archdiocesan Director for Pastoral Care of Priests and Facilitator of the Clergy Funds will be of assistance in bringing best practices to the work of caring for our priests. Please join me in prayers for Father Flavin as he begins his new assignment."

Raised in Billerica, Father Flavin, age 52, was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1987. His education includes M.Div.,Theology from St. John's Seminary (1987) and an M.A., Pastoral Counseling from Boston College (1998). His parish assignments have included St. William Parish in Dorchester, St. Colman of Cloyne Parish in Brockton, St. Edward Parish in Brockton, St. Edith Stein Parish in Brockton and St. Nicholas Parish in Abington. Father Flavin has also ministered to the Cape Verdean Community.