Meet the Staff

Collaborative Pastoral Team

We are excited to introduce our Collaborative Pastoral Team who work hard and are dedicated to our Collaborative parishioners:


Fr. Brian L. Flynn


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Fr. Brian Flynn, was born on his mother’s birthday, January 16, 1960 in Arlington, MA.  When he was six months old his parents, Herbert and Patricia Flynn, moved the family to Whitman, where he and his three brothers would grow up and spend their entire childhood.

Fr. Flynn received a degree in Economics and worked for 15 years in the automobile business.  In his early thirties he began to think that something more was waiting for him than being a service manager at a local car dealership.  He became active in his parish home, Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman, and began to explore the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood.   Approximately 5 years later and after much prayer he applied and was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Boston and was sent to St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

Father Brian spent his seminary years doing ministry in a number of different assignments.  He loved ministering in city parishes and greatly enjoyed his time in the Dominican Republic and Bolivia learning Spanish.

His last assignment as a seminarian, and then Transitional Deacon, were spent at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury.  There he was blessed with two great mentors in Msgr. George Carlson and Pastoral Associate Fran Hauk.  The two helped make him the priest that he is today and he is very grateful for their continued friendship.  He was ordained in May 2003 at Holy Cross Cathedral, and has the distinction of being the only Boston class to have been ordained by Bishop Richard Lennon.

Fr. Brian was first assigned to be a Parochial Vicar at two parishes, Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid in South Boston.  He spent four and a half years in South Boston before being asked to join his classmate, the late Fr. Brian Smith, at St. Edith Stein Parish in Brockton in team ministry as co-pastor. At St. Edith’s he worked very closely with the Cape Verde Community and even traveled to Cape Verde in the summer of 2009 to learn more about the culture and the language.

Fr. Brian first came to St. Mary's Parish in 2010.  As a South Shore resident, Lynn was very much unknown territory to him but he quickly learned what makes our city and the North Shore such a wonderful place to be.  He became Pastor of Lynn Catholic Collaborative in June 2013 and is very grateful to the people of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart who continue to help and pray for him as we work together to make us two communities of great faith, reaching out and welcoming all.



Rev. Brian O'Hanlon

Parochial Vicar

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Fr. Brian O'Hanlon remembers faith being "a central thing" when he was growing up. His parents were active in his parish in northern Virginia. His mother took him and his younger siblings to daily Mass, and their family prayed the rosary together. His uncle was a priest for the American Foreign Mission Society and visited from Korea every few years.

Fr. O'Hanlon said he first thought about being a priest when he made his first Communion.

"It was something that was in the back of my mind for a while, but as I went to high school I became interested in mathematics and computers and was thinking that's more what I wanted to do," he told the Pilot.

After high school, he studied mathematics and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He said that although he never stopped practicing the faith, "it was just part of my life. I knew it was important, but it wasn't anything particularly special."

The school's campus ministry was run by Oratorian Fathers. Deacon O'Hanlon sometimes went to their Sunday Mass, which was held in a lecture hall. One day, the priest reminded everyone at the Mass that even though they were not in a church they had to act with respect for what was happening. That struck Deacon O'Hanlon and made him realize he had to take it seriously.

"I became more interested in learning more about exactly what the Church taught and why it taught it," he said.

He became more involved with programs offered by the Oratorians and the school's Newman Center. He began reading about the spiritual life, learning about what it meant to be Catholic, and thinking once again about becoming a priest. He also read the works of Jesuit missionary Father Walter Ciszek, author of "He Leadeth Me" and "With God in Russia."

After college, he took a job in Medford, doing computer security research, but he continued to nurture the idea of priesthood. Learning about prayer and the spiritual life made him interested in the charisms of different religious orders. But speaking with spiritual directors made him realize he was truly interested in being a parish priest.

Once that became clear, Fr. O'Hanlon had to decide whether to become a priest in Virginia, where he had grown up, or Boston, where he had been living for about five years. Since he had not lived in Virginia for nine years, he decided to apply in Boston.

Two events happened during his application process that seemed to confirm his decision to discern the priesthood -- and to do so in Boston.

First, he attended his sister's confirmation in Virginia, where a conversation with a bishop made him realize Massachusetts had a greater need for priests. This, he said, seemed like confirmation that he should stay in Boston.

Then, a week before his interview at St. John's Seminary, Deacon O'Hanlon was present at the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. He used to volunteer for communications for public events, and on that day he was responsible for calling anyone needed to help the marathon participants with medical needs after they reached the finish line. He was a few hundred feet away when the first bomb went off.

"I remember reaching into my pocket and grabbing the crucifix on my rosary and I started praying, and I remember thinking how much more good I could do if I were a priest," since, he said, people might need the sacraments during a crisis.

A week after the marathon, Fr. O'Hanlon learned he had been accepted to St. John's Seminary. He entered the seminary in August 2013.

As he prepared for ordination, Fr. O'Hanlon said he is looking forward to "one-on-one interaction with people, being able to encourage them and talk about the life of prayer and about Scripture, about the teachings of Church, that sort of real one-on-one accompaniment that Pope Francis likes to talk about."






Chris Carmody
Director of Ministries 

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Sharon Thurston
Director of Finance & Operations

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Lisa Foley

Coordinator of Family Evangelization

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Music Ministry

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Dn. Dick Field

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Dr. John Dolan 
Head of School
St. Mary's School

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Dn. John Hardy
Deacon Emeritus

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Mrs. Kristina Relihan 
Principal, Sacred Heart School

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Donna Faieta
Administrative Assistant

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