Obituaries: Fathers James Flynn, John Howard, Ben Bachmeier


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Father James Flynn, SJ
SAN DIEGO — Jesuit Father James Flynn, who served at San Diego’s St. Francis de Sales Seminary in the 1990s, died March 5. He was 78.

Born in Los Angeles, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1973, for the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.

In the Diocese of San Diego, he served for a year as both director of spiritual formation at St. Francis Seminary and as diocesan director of priestly spirituality, beginning in July 1996. He left the diocese in July 1997.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Father John Howard, CJM
SAN DIEGO — Father John Howard, a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary who ministered for over 40 years in the Diocese of San Diego, died Feb. 23. He was 80.

Born in Quebec, Canada, Father Howard was ordained in 1967 for the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, also known as the Eudists. He arrived in the San Diego Diocese in 1976 and served as associate pastor and then pastor of St. James Parish in Solana Beach until his retirement in 2017.

A funeral Mass for Father Howard was celebrated March 27 at St. James Parish.

Father A. Ben Bachmeier
SAN DIEGO — Father A. Ben Bachmeier, a retired priest of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota, who ministered in the Diocese of San Diego, died Feb. 15 at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He was 82.

Father Bachmeier was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1968. He came to San Diego in 1992, serving as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital until his retirement in 2004. Father Bachmeier remained in the San Diego Diocese, where he served as a supply priest at several parishes.

He was to be buried in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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