Very Reverend James A. Flavin served as the President of the Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC) from February 7, 2013 to June 30, 2014 and as Clinical Director from July 1, 2011 to February 7, 2013. He was responsible for improved clinical programming, increased patient experience, and stronger diocesan and religious leadership satisfaction, while increasing awareness of the mission of the Saint John Vianney Center for those who might benefit from its services. Father Flavin was appointed Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region of the Archdiocese of Boston on July 1, 2014.
As President Emeritus, Father Flavin continues his speaking and educational services representing SJVC throughout the country and worldwide. He speaks on a wide variety of topics including behavioral health, addictive disease, trauma, wellness, stress, and self-care. As a priest and licensed psychotherapist he brings a well-rounded view of healthy living through spirituality and psychology to clergy and religious.
Father Flavin was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1987. He received graduate degrees from Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, and Boston College, with post-graduate studies at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. For twenty years, Father Flavin served inner city parishes in Boston followed by five years in the Vicar for Clergy Office under Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
Father Flavin is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and holds a Certificate in Internet Addiction and the Psychology of the Web. His work has been featured in “Newsweek”, CBS’s “60 Minutes”, and “Salt and Light” TV.