Michael Flannery SJ

Fr Michael Flannery SJ died peacefully in the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe on 13th October. His cousins were with him. He had been unwell for some time. Michael was 94 years old, and in his 78th year of Jesuit life. He had celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of his priestly ordination on St Ignatius Day this year.

Michael was born on 29th May 1924 in Holborn in London. He attended St Ignatius school in Stamford Hill, and joined the Society in 1941 at the age of 17. After first vows he undertook juniorate studies at St Beuno’s, and moved to Heythrop in Oxfordshire for philosophy. Regency back at St Ignatius Stamford Hill followed, and he then studied for a BA in Classics at London University, before returning to Heythrop for theology. There he was ordained in 1958 and, after a fourth year of theology, made his tertianship at St Beuno’s under Paul Kennedy. Between 1960 and 1978 he taught (mainly Classics) at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool, St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill (where he was Prefect of Studies), and St Ignatius College, Enfield. In 1978 Michael was appointed Assistant Chaplain at Manchester University, becoming Chaplain three years later. In 1984 he had a sabbatical, as part of which he did the St Beuno’s three-month course. Later that year he was appointed to the parish staff of St George’s, Worcester. After short stays between 1989 and 1991 in  Cambridge, Stonyhurst, Southwell House, and Craighead, he moved to Manchester as Acting Superior for two years. Four years as Superior of Mount St Mary’s, and six as Superior of Stonyhurst, followed. His last full-time position was as Chaplain to St Mary’s school in Shaftesbury between 2003 and 2005, after which he retired to Boscombe.