Francis Baggan, OFM
1918 – 2005
Br. Francis Baggan, OFM, was born on Nov. 14, 1918 in New York City. Before entering the Order, he served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. He was received into the Order at St. Francis Friary, Brookline, Mass., in 1972 and professed his first vows one year later. Br. Francis professed solemn vows in 1977.
From 1973 to 1975, he served as a counselor at a Washington detox center and a nurse assistant in Providence Hospital, Washington. From 1975 to 1976, Br. Francis was the treasurer and procurator at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., as well as a counselor at the New Hope Manor in Garrison, N.Y. He served for 26 years at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. He also ministered for one year at the Pine Street Inn, and at the Acute Psychiatric Services Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Br. Francis retired in 2002 to St. Anthony Residence, Boston. In 2005, he was transferred to Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J.
He died on Oct. 11, 2005 at Holy Name Friary. Br. Francis was 86 years old and a professed friar for 32 years.