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Pittsburgh, formerly of Chippewa Twp. St. John Marie Vianney, the patron of parish priests, once stated that there are only two ways for a good priest to die; martyrdom or exhaustion. Robert M. Franco, a priest of Jesus Christ, died at the age of 62, after exhausting himself for Jesus Christ and His people. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the parish of Christ the Divine Teacher, Chippewa, mourn the loss of a good and faithful servant. Fr. Franco gave to the extreme for the Catholic Church and the sheep entrusted to his care. Please pray for the eternal repose of his soul. Rev. Robert M. Franco, M.Ch.A, 62, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Chippewa Twp., died Thursday, August 19, 2010 in Mercy Hospital. Born November 20, 1947 in Pittsburgh to Lena Schiavone Franco, Pittsburgh and the late Michael Franco he was a graduate of St. Wendelin High School. He went on to earn a B.A. degree from St. Pius X, Ellanger, KY; a Master of Divinity from St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA; and a M.Ch.A from the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. On May 5, 1973, he was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Bishop Leonard at St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh. From 1973 until 1977 he served as the Parochial Vicar of St Mary's Catholic Church in Beaver Falls, then served as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis. In 1980 he served as Chaplain at the Sisters of Mercy Convent until 1985, then went on to serve at St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Maurice Parish, St. Catherine of Siena, and then came to Christ the Divine Teacher. He served there from March 1, 2004 until June 14, 2010. He then returned to Pittsburgh to the Cardinal Dearden Center and St. John Vianney Manor. He served as a Tribunal Consultant and Defender throughout his priesthood. Fr. Franco was also the Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Sixth Pennsylvania District, the Chaplain of the Chippewa Volunteer Fire Department, and the Chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Police, Brighton Township Barracks. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 6 pm in the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236, www.jeffersonmemorial.biz and Monday from 4 to 7:45 pm in the LUTTON CHIPPEWA FUNERAL HOME, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, www.luttonfuneralhome.com followed by the Mass of Translation at 8 pm at Christ the Divine Teacher Parish, 116 Thorndale Drive, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Monsignor William Ogrodowski V.E.-Celebrant, Very Reverend Joseph Mele, V.G.-Homilist, and Father Kim J. Schreck, Pastor will officiate. Additional visitation will be Tuesday, August 24, at Christ the Divine Teacher Church from 2-8pm. Final visitation will be Wednesday, August 25, at Christ the Divine Teacher Church from 9am until 10:45am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. The Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik-Celebrant, Father Dennis Colamarion-Homilist. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetary, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2010
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