Let’s Meet: Father Hilary Flinn
Yes we Crossroads Pro-Life Southern Walk 2010 have decided to post profiles of all of our walkers for you all to get to know us better. [well I Leah Sedelle Chapman have decided]
The first on the list is Father Hilary Flinn:
Father Hilary is our seventy year old priest. He was on the first walk from San Francisco to DC. He also walked protions of the other walks twice in years past. Father Hilary took a three month sebatical from his parish in Australia. Yeah, that’s right, he’s from Australia with the accent and all! My favorite thing about Father is that he is always blessing people and things. He blesses me a lot when I say goofy things and very ridiculous things. If you complain about blisters, Father is right there to bless your feet. Complain about being tired; sure enough you can plan on Father making his way across the packed RV to bless your head. Say something silly and Father will for sure be there to bless you! Yes I know from much experience.
I’ve never before met a priest that takes such joy in such simple things. His homilies are filled with teaching and challenging. Sometimes he is so sublte in his teaching that I don’t ever realize that I learned anything until I bring it up to someone on the team later and they mention that they heard that earlier that morning in Father’s homily. He truly brings a blessing to the group and we will all miss him dearly when he has to return home in 2.5 weeks to say a wedding in Australia.
Funniest thing about Father Hilary is by far his facial expressions. You can always plan on being able to tell when you are being goofy because Father will give you a really great look of, are you really acting like this right now. And essentialy it just makes you laugh so much you start rolling on the floor, or crying in Erica’s case.