Friar Sebastian Ofm Conv. Cunningham

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Cunningham, Friar Sebastian, OFM Conv.,

died August 12, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM.

Born Joseph Cunningham in Chenault, KY, on September 17, 1923, to Henry Lee and Theresa (Yates) Cunningham, Fr. Sebastian professed Simple Vows as a Conventual Franciscan on December 8, 1953, and Solemn Vows on December 26, 1956. He was ordained a priest on February 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, NM, Louisville, Carey, OH, and Indianapolis, IN.

Fr. Sebastian is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou Greaves and Doris Jean Manning, and predeceased by his parents and his brother George.

Visitation was held in The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3600 Parroquia Street in Tortugas, NM, with a Vigil Service. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the same church. On Monday, August 18, 2014 there will be a Wake at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Mount St. Francis, IN. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 AM 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 Fr. Sebastian's life, or to make a gift online, please visit the Province website,

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 14, 2014
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