Joseph Abel Francis

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The Most Reverend

Joseph A. Francis

Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Newark
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular See of Valliposita
AppointedMay 3, 1976
In officeJune 25, 1976 – June 30, 1995
OrdinationOctober 7, 1950
ConsecrationJune 25, 1976
by Peter Leo Gerety
Personal details
BornSeptember 30, 1923
Lafayette, Louisiana, US
DiedSeptember 1, 1997(1997-09-01) (aged 73)

Joseph Abel Francis SVD (1923–1997) was an American Catholic bishop. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1976 to 1995.


Born on September 30, 1923, 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 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.