JOSEPH FRANCAVILLA (1943 - 2019)

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Service Information
Holy Transfiguration Church
8501 Lewinsville Rd
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 734-9566
Visitation
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Holy Transfiguration Greek Melkite Church
8501 Lewinsville Rd
McLean, VA
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Visitation
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Transfiguration Greek Melkite Church
8501 Lewinsville Rd
McLean, VA
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Funeral service
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
7:30 PM
Holy Transfiguration Greek Melkite Church
8501 Lewinsville Rd
McLean, VA
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Liturgy
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
10:30 AM
Holy Transfiguration Greek Melkite Church
8501 Lewinsville Rd
McLean, VA
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Notice

FRANCAVILLA Archimandrite Joseph Francavilla A faithful shepherd and spiritual father to many, fell asleep in the Lord November 13, 2019, while surrounded by fellow priests and his parishioners who loved him. He was 76 years old. Fr. Joseph has served as pastor at Holy Transfiguration Greek Catholic Church in McLean, Va. since 1971, just two years after his ordination as priest of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton. Since then, he fully poured out himself in selfless service to his congregation setting an example of genuine Christian love. He has baptized many Christians, crowned hundreds of couples in Holy Matrimony and inspired numerous ordinations. Fr. Joseph perfected the gift of hospitality believing in the importance of relationships. Holy Transfiguration is known in the community for its annual Middle Eastern Food Festival, which was important to Fr. Joseph as a means sharing the beauty of the Eastern Church with the community. His family, friends and congregation grieve his loss and are committed to follow his example in all that their beloved priest taught them. Born January 16, 1943, he grew up in Buffalo, NY and is survived by three brothers: Thomas Francavilla, 80, Charles Francavilla, 77 and Paul Francavilla, 65. He joins his father, Joseph Vincent Francavilla and mother Mary Boncore Francavilla in eternal rest. After battling pancreatic cancer for two years, he faced death with unshakable courage and deep faith and with the kind of humility, grace and class that characterized his whole life. He will be remembered as a holy priest, a loyal friend and a spiritual father to many. "That is about as successful a life as anyone can have," said his brother Charles Francavilla. Services will be held at Holy Transfiguration Greek Melkite Church 8501 Lewinsville Rd, McLean, VA. 22102 according to the following schedule: visitations on Monday, November. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services that evening at 7:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy with Trisagion Service and burial will be held the next morning, Tuesday November 19 at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Joseph will be laid to rest at Andrew Chapel Cemetery, Vienna, VA Memorial contributions may be mailed to Holy Transfiguration Church, Mclean, VA.Memorial contributions may be mailed to Holy Transfiguration Church, Mclean, VA.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2019
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