Fr. Edward Flanagan
It started in 1917 with a rented house, five boys who needed a home in Omaha and a Catholic priest determined to help troubled and abandoned youths throughout the city.
Now, Boys Town helps more than 1.6 million people each year through its main campus of group homes, churches, a grade school and high school, post office and bank, as well as a national research hospital in Omaha, a national hotline, and other services and locations around the country.
The priest who started it all – Father Edward Flanagan – might someday be named a saint.
The process toward canonization began Feb. 27 with Archbishop George Lucas opening Flanagan’s sainthood cause.