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|A ‘Big Blow’ to Liberia: Death of Archbishop Francis Hits Nation, Catholic Church||| Print ||
|Written by FPA Obituary|
|Sunday, 19 May 2013 22:44|
Monrovia - Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, an outspoken clergy renowned for his fiery sermons and stance against brutal regimes of former presidents Samuel Doe and Charles Ghankay Taylor is dead.
Archbishop Francis who never fully recovered since he suffered a stroke in 2004 has been ailing for quite some time. His death leaves a major vacuum in the Catholic Church of Liberia.
Born February 12, 1936 in Kakata, Margibi County, Archbishop Francis became a priest in 1963 and eventually became Archbishop of Monrovia in 1981, before resigning due to his ailing health.
Archbishop Francis’ death was announced by his successor Archbishop Lewis Zeigler on state radio ELBC.
The former Archbishop reportedly died at his 8th Street Sinkor Residence. The late Archbishop attended primary schooling at St. Martin’s in Gbarnga and St. Mary’s in Sanniquellie from 1944 – 1950.
Archbishop Francis studied Moral Theology with emphasis in Bio-ethics, Medical Ethics and Formation Psychology at the Catholic University of America, Bio-ethics and Medical Ethics at the Georgetown University and Ecumenical Theology at the Howard University School of Religion. The late Archbishop was ordained Deacon and Priest on August 15, 1962 and August 4, 1963 respectively in Liberia.
He was appointed by his Holiness Pope Paul VI as Vicar Apostolic of Monrovia and subsequently ordained Bishop on December 19, 1976 by Archbishop Dermot Carroll, SMA former Bishop of Monrovia and Nuncio Apostolic as principal Ordaining prelate.
The late Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis' candid and fiery views from the pulpit on national issues spoke truth to power and put him at odds with leaders of his day.
Archbishop Francis previously presided over the Diocese of Monrovia , Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, River Cess and Margibi Counties and the Statutory district of Gbarma and Bopolu. His death Sunday sent shockwave across the nation and the Catholic Church.
“The whole church is bereaved we feel so bad, Said Rev. Fr. Roland Biah of the Holy Martyrs Parish Barnesville Township."
"“As for me I can remember him from my ordination. In 2003 when the war started in Monrovia here people were running hector scatter, he was still busy carrying out his pastoral Ministry."
He can and ordained me in LAC and went to Buchanan and ordained my friend and then to Monrovia where they were fight just to ordain my other collogues. That was his last ordination in the Archdiocese.“
“My heart is turned apart. It is not only a blow to the Catholic Church it is a blow to the entire populace of Liberia. He did not only work for the Catholic Church he worked for the entire country. "
"We have declared two days of mourning for all catholic schools in Liberia; Monday and Tuesday no student will go to school. You can see how deeply hurt we are. But we are the people who believe in the resurrection."
"We know that the good Lord has received his soul because he has worked so hard for his country and the church and the whole world. You he received many international awards for his human rights advocacy.”
Bishop Anthony Bowah- Diocese of Gbanga described the late Bishop Francis as the one who was responsible for driving him into the priesthood.
“He was a great source of inspiration for me. For other people he was a religious leader. He was one of the reliable and the strongest man we had in the church especially during the times of war in Liberia. He was very strong not just for the church but for everybody in this country.
A tireless voice for the voiceless, fearless, and selfless, he was preparing to give his life to that Liberians can be better people.
He travels the world just for the good of Liberians and for other people. He lived basically a life of poverty. He had nothing for himself. Everything was for somebody, for the good of other people.”
George Warner, the incoming Director General of the Civil Service Agency said the late Archbishop was a mentor.
“He was a mentor. When I needed help I will go to him. He loved to help young people especially with education, health care. Well I think since his period of silence it affected young people in the church. Under Charles Taylor he defended lots of different principles."
"He was a compassionate person who really cared about the church and Liberia. And I will remember him for the good man he was.”
Archbishop Michael Francis once told the BBC that he has been a servant of God since the age of 17. But it was his candid and fiery views from the pulpit on national issues spoke truth to power and put him at odds with leaders of his day.
Bishop Francis was a former high school principal and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia. He also chairs a number of national, regional and continental bishops' conferences.
He has published 75 pastoral letters in which he has spoken out bitterly, mainly against immoral practices, injustices, abuse of human and fundamental rights and corruption and preached national reconciliation and democratic tenets.
The 77-year-old played football, volleyball and basketball until 1951 when he broke a leg. Archbishop Francis was fluent in several Liberian dialects including Mano, Gio and Vai.