Flavian F. Tobin, OFM
1916 – 2000
Fr. Flavian Tobin, OFM, was born on March 23, 1916, in Pittsfield, Mass. He graduated from St. Joseph High School, where he was an all-star football player, earning a scholarship to St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y.
He graduated in 1940, was received into the Order at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 12, 1940, and professed temporary vows Aug. 13, 1941. Fr. Flavian made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1944, and was ordained a priest June 17, 1945.
Fr. Flavian’s first priestly assignment was to the Province’s Brazilian mission, where he served for six years in two stints, with a brief hiatus in at St. Mary Church in Americus, Ga. Other early assignments were to Boston, Lenoir, N.C., and back to Americus. Then came five years as an army chaplain: part of his hitch was in Korea where, he liked to recall, “the kids of a town took a vote and elected me the mayor.”
Back to civilian life, Fr. Flavian took up residence at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, where he served 39 uninterrupted years. In February 1999, he transferred to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J.
He died July 21, 2000, in Ringwood. Fr. Flavian was 84 years old, a professed Franciscan for 58 years and a priest for 55. He was the brother of the late Fr. Bernard Tobin, OFM, and uncle of Br. Sebastian Tobin, OFM, both friars of Holy Name Province.