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

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.



Fr. Huan "Dominic" Ngo

Parocial Vicar

Home town and state: East Boston, Mass. Attended St. John's Seminary, Third Theology and High school: Boston Latin School College: Providence College

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

I was blessed to grow up with a good and solid foundation, namely, family and parish community, where the faith was not only taught but was also practiced daily. It was something like the rich young man in the Scriptures, the questions of holiness and happiness dawned on me. It comes down to a twofold question: how can I love God with my whole heart, mind, and strength, and love my neighbor as myself? This question requires a response.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?

My pastor, Father Wayne Belschner, played a great part in assisting me with arriving at the decision to enter the seminary. Witnessing his love for Jesus Christ and the Church in the concreteness of everyday life is truly an inspiration. He opens my eyes to seeing that holiness lays in "doing smalls things with great love," and "that sanctity lies not in doing extraordinary things, but rather, through ordinary common activities." 


Fr. Francis "Frank" Cloherty

Senior Priest In Residence
Rev. Francis J. Cloherty grew up in Jamaica Plain, the son of Martin and Nora (Welby) Cloherty. His parents were natives of Ireland. He comes from a family of five children. He attended Boston College prior to entering St. John Seminary.

He was ordained on February 2, 1962 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood by the Most Rev. Jeremiah F. Minihan. He offered his first Mass on February 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Jamaica Plain. His prior assignments included Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead, Holy Family in Duxbury, St. Matthew in Dorchester, St. Peter in Lowell, St. Mary of the Assumption in Revere, Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain, St. Mary in Charlestown, St. Patrick in Brockton, Our Lady of Lourdes in Brockton, and St. Ann in Quincy (where he celebrated his golden jubilee on Sunday, February 5, 2012.)

In November 2013, we were honored to welcome Fr. Frank as Senior Priest In Residence here at Lynn Catholic Collaborative.


Fr. Bob Labrie
Weekend Assistant


Matthew Arnold
Director of Music Ministry


Chris Carmody
Director of Ministries
Director of Small Groups


Sharon Thurston
Director of Finance & Operations 

Dn. Dick Field


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


Dn. John Hardy
Deacon Emeritus


Mrs. Kristina Relihan 
Principal, Sacred Heart School


Donna Faieta
Administrative Assistant


Joyce Martiniello
Collaborative Secretary








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