Father Francis W. Wright

Father Francis W. Wright, C.S.Sp., a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Bethel Park, Pa., for 65 years, died Nov. 12. He was 92.

Born in Floral Park, L.I., he was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1949 at St. Mary’s Seminary, Ferndale in Norwalk, Conn.

Father Wright served the congregation as assistant vocation director, 1950-55, director of the Holy Spirit Fathers Apostolic College, Bensalem, Pa., 1955-60, vocation director, 1960-64, and mission procurator, 1964-73.

In 1973, he was named national director of the Holy Childhood Association, Pittsburgh. He moved the headquarters to Washington, D.C., in 1981 and held the role of national director for 28 years.

From 2001 until his retirement in 2013, he helped with ministry in several parishes, including Holy Family, Hicksville, L.I., and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dyker Heights.

He also received the papal award, Cross Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice in 2001, for his service to the Holy Childhood Association and outreach to youth.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 22 in the Chapel at Holy Ghost Prep School, Bensalem. Burial followed in the Holy Ghost Fathers Cemetery, Bensalem.

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