Joseph Abel Francis
|The Most Reverend
Joseph A. Francis, S.V.D.
|Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Newark|
|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
|Born||September 30, 1923
|Died||September 1, 1997(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.
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.
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