After two years, the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion heard back from the Vatican in their effort for sainthood for the founder of Boys Town. The Congregation of Causes of Saints at the Vatican issued a decree that all the information that was submitted by the local organization is factual.
Omaha Archbishop Father Ryan Lewis is a Delegate for the Cause of Edward J. Flanagan and says they were very pleased with the news. He says, “Procedurally, we did everything according to Canon Law, which is always good. You want to be in the good graces of the Vatican. They liked everything they say and they are moving forward.”
Father Lewis says if they approve the information sent to them back in 2015 they will declare Father Flanagan venerable. The next step in the canonization process is to prove the performance of miracles and that step is underway. Father Lewis says they need to verify two before sainthood is granted.
Father Flanagan first rented a boarding house in 1917 as a home for boys before buying a farm on the western edge of Omaha in 1921. That remains the current Boys Town main location.