In Memory

Sister Mary Doris Flynn, IHM

August 19, 1919 – August 4, 2007

Mary Doris Flynn, IHM

Sister Mary Doris Flynn, IHM, (formerly known as Sister Mary Victor) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 19, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Amelia Barth Flynn. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 1, 1947, made temporary profession of her vows on August 2, 1949, and final profession of her vows on August 2, 1952.

Sister Mary Doris served as a teacher at the following schools: St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, NY, from 1950 to 1954; St. Raymond Elementary School in East Rockaway, NY, from 1954 to 1956; St. Bernadine Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1956 to 1958; Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse, NY, from 1958 to 1959; St. John the Evangelist High School in Pittston, from 1959 to 1961; Holy Rosary High School in Scranton, from 1961 to 1965; St. Mary High School in Manhasset, NY, from 1965 to 1969; and St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, NY, from 1969 to 1972.

Sister also served as a secretary at the Rockville Centre Diocesan Office in Rockville Centre, NY, from 1972 to 1975; St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, NY, from 1975 to 1982; Maria Regina High School, Uniondale, NY, from 1982 to 1983; and St. Mary High School in Manhasset, NY, from 1992 to 1999.

From 1999 until the time of her death, Sister Mary Doris served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and Our Lady of Peace Residence.

She received a Bachelor of Art degree from Marywood College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Daniel.

She is survived by two nephews, Robert Curtis Flynn of Vermont, and Scott Douglas Flynn of Ocala, Florida, and several cousins.

The funeral will be Tuesday, August 7, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, August 6, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Reprinted from “In Memoriam” section of Journey, Winter 2007 issue

Remembering Sister Mary Doris Flynn

Fidelity and devotion are qualities that best describe Sister Doris’ life as an Immaculate Heart of Mary for over fifty-eight years.

Having worked in the business field before entering the Congregation, Sister Doris brought years of experience to her teaching ministry. Her response to the Lord’s call found her reaching out to students in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

In later years, Sister Doris tirelessly balanced her responsibilities to her ministry and her family. Her loyalty and zeal blessed our community at St. Mary’s, Manhasset for ten years. On a daily basis, Sister Doris would complete her office duties in the High School, visit her Mother, Amelia, at the nursing home (sometimes twice a day) and shop for the convent. She provided us with an endless supply of orange juice and Entemanns’, and often had knowledge of the latest sales at Filene’s, Macy’s, many other local outlets, and was even willing to drive us there, if necessary.

When health reasons necessitated Sister Doris’ retirement to our Marian Convent/Our Lady of Peace Residence, she continued to display her enthusiasm for life with the Sisters, staff and former students. She looked forward to Visitors, luncheon dates, outings to the Mall, and participated in all aspects of community life. Her goodness, graciousness, prayerfulness and colorful presence will always be remembered.

May Sister Doris experience eternal life in the presence of The Blessed Trinity, Our Blessed Mother and all the Celestial Court.

by Sister Connie Wilt, IHM

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