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Father Francis Filice


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Father Francis Pasquale Filice

August 19, 1922-July 17, 2015

Born in Hollister, California, August 19, 1922 to Italian (Calabrese) immigrant parents. Fr. Filice grew up in San Francisco and attended St. Anne of the Sunset grammar school, Sacred Heart High School and the University of San Francisco. He earned his doctorate in Zoology from the University of California Berkeley in 1949. From 1947-1976 he taught biology at the University of San Francisco. It was at this time that he became deeply involved in the pro-life movement. In 1947 he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Ann Fate (deceased) with whom he had six surviving children: Linda Williams, Carol Brown, Michael, Gael Ayala, Joseph and Marian Previtali. He is also survived by his devoted sister Gloria Pizzinelli, 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Called by God, he entered St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park in 1977 and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on May 19, 1979. He served the people of the Archdiocese for 36 years which included six as a missionary in Tijuana and three as chaplain of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri at the Newman Center at San Francisco State University. Fr. Filice died peacefully in the early hours of July 17.

The Vigil will be held on Tuesday, July 21, with a public viewing from 5-7 p.m., followed by the Rosary. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m. Both will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. The Rite of Christian Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Gilroy .

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the pro-life organization of your choice, the Missionaries of Charity, or the Carmelites of Cristo Rey in San Francisco. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 19, 2015
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