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Friar Sebastian Cunningham, OFM Conv, died Aug. 12, 2014, in Las Cruces. Born Joseph Cunningham in Chenault, Kentucky, on Sept. 17, 1923, to Henry Lee and Theresa (Yates) Cunningham, Father Sebastian professed Simple Vows as a Conventual Franciscan on Dec. 8, 1953, and Solemn Vows on Dec. 26, 1956. He was ordained a priest on Feb. 21, 1960. He spent many years in pastoral ministry and mission promotion, and as a military chaplain. His service took him to Hobbs, Carlsbad and Mesilla Park, New Mexico, Louisville, Kentucky, Carey, Ohio, and St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

Father Sebastian is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou Greaves and Doris Jean Manning, and predeceased by his parents and his brother George. Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3600 Parroquia St., in Tortugas, New Mexico, with a vigil service following the visitation. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the same church. On Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, there will be a wake at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Mount St. Francis, Indiana. The Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the chapel, with interment to follow in the Friars' Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Development Office, 103 St. Francis Blvd., Mount St. Francis IN 47146. For more information about Father Sebastian's life, or to make a gift online, please visit the Province website, Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, NM 88005. (575) 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences log on to
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 13, 2014
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