On January 19, 2018 the Casa Franciscana Mission lost a friend. Dr. Stephen Eugene Flynn IV passed from this world to what is surely his reward for his tireless efforts on behalf of the poor. As a Phoenix surgeon, he began to work with the Franciscan friars in Guaymas, Mexico in 1968. Dr. Flynn made over 500 trips to the then quiet fishing village before there was a good road for the eight hour auto trip or air conditioning or hot water in the guest quarters. He performed countless surgeries and practiced general medicine, impacting and saving many lives. It is easy to understand why he won the Tom Dooley Humanitarian Award in 1988, the Sertoma Club Humanitarian Award in 1995 and the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award in 1996.
In addition, Dr. Flynn brought children to Phoenix for medical conditions when treatment was not possible in Guaymas. He formed a relationship with Shriners’ International and, to this day, children and their mothers make the trek to Phoenix for treatment of specific conditions through this organization. Refer to the article in the Christmas newsletter, Looking for the True Meaning of Christmas that talks about this amazing ongoing program with the Shriners and the Casa Franciscana Mission.
To continue the good works of Dr. Stephen Eugene Flynn IV and to honor him, the family requests donations to Casa Franciscana Outreach in his name. The CFO has another angel to look over us. Thank you, Dr. Flynn for your kind heart.