Father Carl Flach
Father Carl Flach
Father Carl Flach, a long time pastor in the Archdiocese of Portland, died Saturday, June 21. He was 81.

Father Flach was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 31, 1932. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill,, and then St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, Wash. He graduated with his bachelor of arts degree in in 1954. He continued studies at St. Edward Seminary and completed a Master of Divinity degree in 1958. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Edward Howard on May 24, 1958 at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland.

Father Flach served as Associate Pastor at St. Mary, Eugene from 1958 to 1960, at St. Andrew, Portland from 1960 to 1963, and then at St. Joseph, Portland from 1963 to 1970. He was assigned as Pastor at Immaculate Heart, Portland from 1970 to 1975, at St. Henry, Gresham from 1975 to 1986, at St. Matthew, Hillsboro from 1986 to 2000, and at St. Philip Benizi, Redland from 2000 to 2004. He retired in 2004.

Father Flach studied Canon Law at Catholic University in Washington, DC, in 1973 and served on the Metropolitan Tribunal for many years, even after his retirement from parish ministry. He also served on the College of Consultors. Father Flach celebrated his 5oth anniversary of ordination in 2008.

The funeral Mass for Father Flach will be held at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland on Friday, June 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Father Flach is survived by his sister, Sr. Frances Flach SSND, of Chicago, and his brother George Flach of Alexandria, Virginia. Please keep them in your prayers.