In Memoria

We remember and share these obituaries of the priests and women and men religious who have served in our Archdiocese and died this year.

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Father Robert Crossmyer, CP
DETROIT — Father Robert Crossmyer, CP, who served on the retreat preaching team at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center from 1988 to 1994, died March 16. He led the various 12-Step Recovery Programs at Holy Name.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan, on March 26. Interment is in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Detroit.

Father Francis A. Frankovich
HOUSTON — Father Francis A. Frankovich, former director of the Catholic Charismatic Center, died Feb. 13. He was 81 years old.
After six years as director, he ministered to the Spanish-speaking community at the Catholic Charismatic Center and worked with a team of people to organize a greater development of the Companions of the Cross throughout the Archdiocese. Father Frankovich also did missionary-type work in places including Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Peru and in the Dominican Republic.
A funeral Mass was held Monday, Feb. 19, at the Catholic Charismatic Center. Burial was private.

Father Kenneth O’Malley, C.P.
DETROIT — Father Kenneth O’Malley, C.P., former spiritual director at St. Mary’s Seminary, died Jan. 23. He was 87 years old.
For many years he lived with and served in Houston’s Passionist community as local superior of the community at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center, as “help” in Archdiocesan parishes and as a spiritual director at St. Mary’s Seminary.
A funeral Mass was held Thursday, Feb. 2, at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center Chapel in Detroit, Michigan. Interment is in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan. 

Father Richard E. Paulissen, M.M.
MARYKNOLL, New York — Father Richard E. Paulissen, M.M., died Jan. 19. He was 92 years old.
A Maryknoll priest for 60 years, Father Paulissen founded the Catholic Charismatic Center in 1972 in Houston and served as its director until his retirement in 1999.
A memorial Mass was held Thursday, Jan. 25, at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Maryknoll, New York.