Joseph Abel Francis

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The Most Reverend
Joseph A. Francis, S.V.D.
Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Newark
Church Catholic Church
See Titular See of Valliposita
Appointed May 3, 1976
In office June 25, 1976 - June 30, 1995
Ordination October 7, 1950
Consecration June 25, 1976
by Peter Leo Gerety
Personal details
Born September 30, 1923
Lafayette, Louisiana
Died September 1, 1997(1997-09-01) (aged 73)

Joseph Abel Francis, S.V.D. (September 30, 1923 – September 1, 1997) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1976 to 1995.


Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Joseph Francis was ordained a priest for the Society of the Divine Word on October 7, 1950.

On May 3, 1976 Pope Paul VI appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Valliposita and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark. He was consecrated by Archbishop Peter Gerety on June 25, 1976. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Emeritus Thomas Boland and Auxiliary Bishop Harold Perry, S.V.D. of New Orleans. Francis continued to serve as an auxiliary bishop until his resignation was accepted by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1995. He died at the age of 73 on September 1, 1997.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Bishop Joseph Abel Francis, S.V.D." Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Bishops who are not Ordinaries of Sees". Giga-Catholic. Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-07-17.