This past week, we received several updates from the funeral home and American Embassy in Norway on the status of Fr. French's body returning to the United States. I am happy to pass along that Fr. French's body is scheduled to return to the United States on Sunday evening, September 4th into Washington Dulles. A representative from R. Hayden Smith funeral home will be at Dulles to pick-up Fr. French's body and bring him home to Hampton. We are now able to confirm the following funeral arrangements:
The funeral liturgy will be held at:
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Visitation
7:00 pm - Funeral Liturgy
Reception to follow in the parish commons
Fr. French's obituary is scheduled to run in the Daily Press and the Virginian Pilot, on Sunday. In addition, the Catholic Virginian ran an article in it's latest issue on Fr. French's priestly ministry and life in the diocese. The online version of the article can be found here.
Finally, over the last weeks, many of you have shared many stories and memories with me. In an effort to encourage Frenchie's family and friends, as well as the parish community, to continue sharing your stories and memories, we have setup an online memorial blog through the Immaculate Conception website. Please consider leaving a comment, memory, or story for other's to read.
May we continue to keep Fr. French, his family, friends, and this parish community in our thoughts and prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
Peace, and God bless,