Harry Joseph Flynn was born in Schenectady, New York, on May 2, 1933. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Albany in 1960, was consecrated the coadjutor bishop for the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana in 1986, and served as bishop of that diocese from 1989 until 1994. He was appointed coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1994, and upon the retirement of Archbishop Roach, became the diocese’s seventh Archbishop on September 8, 1995.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop John Nienstedt of the Diocese of New Ulm as the coadjutor Archbishop of the diocese. Archbishop Flynn retired as Archbishop of the Archdiocese on his birthday, May 2, 2008. After continuing to serve in the Archdiocese for many years following retirement, Archbishop Flynn passed away September 22, 2019 at age 86. Read his obituary here.