Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley names new episcopal vicar for central region of Archdiocese of Boston

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has named the Rev. James Flavin of Billerica the episcopal vicar of the Central Region of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, according to a statement released today.

Flavin, 52, has worked in parishes across Eastern Massachusetts, including St. William in Dorchester, St. Colman of Cloyne in Brockton, St. Edward in Brockton, St. Edith Stein in Brockton, and St. Nicholas in Abington.

He most recently worked as president of the St. John Vianney Center, a treatment center for behavioral health and addiction in Downingtown, Pa., said church spokesman Terrence Donilon.

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“We are happy to have him back home,” Donilon said in a phone interview this morning. “He is an excellent fit.”

Flavin is to take his new position March 17. As episcopal vicar, he will act as a liaison between pastors in the central region and O’Malley, leader of the Boston archdiocese, said Donilon. The central region includes parishes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Winthrop.

“It is a very important job,” Donilon said. “The pastors will look to him for guidance and support.”

O’Malley said he believes Flavin’s experience as a pastor in Boston and Brockton will help him in the new position.