Bishop Cathleen Bascom has announced that Deacon Anne Flynn, who serves at Grace Cathedral, Topeka, has been named one of two archdeacons of the diocese. She succeeds Deacon Charles Pearce, who retired in May after 13 years of service as archdeacon.
As archdeacon Flynn will serve as a liaison to deacons in the Northwest and Southwest Convocations, and she will assist the bishop in public worship, as needed (once that resumes across the diocese). Archdeacon Monte Giddings, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission, continues his ministry of service in the Northeast and Southeast Convocations.
She said of her appointment, “I am pleased and humbled to accept the call to be an archdeacon for the diocese and look forward to working with Bishop Bascom in this role. In addition to providing support and counsel to the bishop and assisting the bishop liturgically, I look forward to deepening my relationships with deacons throughout the diocese so I am able to support them in their ministry.”
Flynn has served in this diocese for five years, following her move to Kansas from the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. At the cathedral she helps lead outreach ministries, including the parish’s involvement with Topeka JUMP, a coalition of 29 congregations focused on social justice. She currently serves as the group’s co-chair. She also is the current president of the Topeka Interfaith and is active in ecumenical conversations and events supporting dialogue between all faiths in the Topeka community.
A native of New York, Flynn also holds a full-time job as a hospice chaplain at Midland Care. Her husband, Patrick Early, is director of public relations for Washburn University in Topeka.