June 23, 2019


As we celebrate the real presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, we believe in the transforming power of Christ’s love. The Eucharist in word and sacrament nourishes us as we grow in holiness and as we are empowered to share our time, talent and treasure.

The poem “Praise the Shaper of Hearts” written by Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. is a prayerful opportunity to give God thanks. Thanksgiving is what the Greek word “Eucharist” means in English.

As you reflect on each stanza ask:

  • “How do I experience God in this way?”
  • “How am I being called to share this gift with others?”

Praise to the One whose love
stirs the ancient embers
sparks the breath of prayer

Praise to the One whose love
entices the wandering
beckons the confused

Praise to the One whose love
grows wings on the weary
dreams hope in the discouraged

Praise to the One whose love
dips deeply into diversity
pours forth boundless beauty

Praise to the One whose love
soothes the ointment of mercy
transforms with the touch of compassion

Praise to the One whose love
threads the energy of friendship
stiches the strength of fidelity

Praise to the One whose love
tickles the souls with laughter
urges the heart toward joy

Praise to the One whose love
embraces the untamed
dances with the passionate

All praise to this Gracious One
All gratitude to this Beloved
All love to this Mentor of Friendship
All devotion to the Shaper of Hearts.
Joyce Rupp


Congratulations and blessings,
Father Kevin,
as you celebrate 60 years as a priest of God.

Join us for a special liturgy at 12:00 noon on June 23rd in Church, followed by presentations and light reception in the auditorium.

Msgr. Kevin Flanagan was born in Kilglass, Roscommon Ireland. He attended the local national schools, Summerhill College in Sligo and was ordained at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Carlow on June 13, 1959. Later that year he came to the United States and was assigned to St. Joseph’s, Mendham, then to Our Lady of the Valley Wayne, St. Paul Clifton and St. Peter, Parsippany. He was made Pastor of St. Clare in Clifton and remained there for thirteen years.

In 1985, Father Kevin was assigned to St. Peter’s Church in Parsippany until 1994, when he was appointed Pastor of St. Lawrence Chester and has been at St. Philip since 2009. In 1984 on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee, Pope St. John Paul elevated Fr. Kevin to the Office of Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor.

Fr. Kevin was a teacher at two Diocesan High Schools, Bayley Ellard in Madison, now the Evangelization Center and De Paul in Wayne. He has served on the Diocesan Personnel Board, The Senate of Priests and for nine years was Dean of Eastern Morris County. He has been a member of the Diocesan School Board, Executive Secretary for the Diocesan Secretariat for Parish Life and a trustee of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.

In 1980 Fr. Kevin supervised the construction of St. Clare’s Church in Clifton and in 1988 the Church of St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany. He initiated the building of a Parish Center complex at St. Lawrence, Chester which was completed in 1998.

Always active in Irish affairs in the Metropolitan area, Fr. Kevin has served as Liturgy Chairman at the Garden State Irish Arts Festival and for many years has been recognized by various social and civic groups. He is Chaplain to a number of Irish American organizations in New York and New Jersey and is in residence at St. Philip for the past ten years.

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