Irving Houle, the man who was simply known as “Francis” was given the stigmata on Good Friday, 1993 at the age of 67. On January 3rd 2009 he was called home by Our Heavenly Father.
His Mission was to suffer each night with the Passion of Jesus for the conversion of sinners and to touch souls for healing. It has been estimated that “Francis” had prayed individually over a 100,000 people. The Bishop of the diocese where Francis lived had met with him and monitored the work of Francis.
Francis never sought publicity or solicited or accepted any type of financial donations or financial support. He informed people that all healing comes from God and they should not look to him but to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
For additional information on Francis and his Mission of bringing people to Jesus Christ we recommend reading the book called “A Man Called Francis” by Father Robert J. Fox. This wonderful book not only tells about Francis but more importantly of Jesus Christ and our beloved Roman Catholic Church. The book is available from:
- The Fatima Family Apostolate – (800) 213-5541
- “My Mother’s House” – (906) 786-2116 (Sandy Boucher)
(Note: if you consider your needs or the needs of another urgent, you are advised to send your Guardian Angel to the Angel of Francis – more about this on pages XIV and XV of “A Man Called Francis”)
- Fatima Family Media News Video (FatimaFamilyMedia.org)
- FatimaFamily.org – “A Man Called Francis” DVD
- EWTN program “Reclaiming Your Children for The Catholic Faith“ (2003), hosted by Fr. Fox., with Francis. Episode 8 of “The Church of New Covenant – The Cross”. 30 minutes.
Life and History
ESCANABA – Irving C. “Francis” Houle, 83, 1108 7th Ave S., Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1925, in Wilson, the son of Peter and Lillian (Bennett) Houle. Irving was raised in Wilson and attended Harris High School before moving to Escanaba in 1942. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1944.
The day following graduation, Irving entered the U.S. Army. While serving his country, he received the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the American Theater Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on June 20, 1946.
On Nov. 17, 1948, Irving married the former Gail LaChapelle at St. Joseph Church in Escanaba.
Over the years, Irving was employed with Robert’s Shoes, Montgomery Ward, Northern Chemical Supply, Harnischfeger Corporation, and worked for 15 years at EMP as the first plant manager.
He was a member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Church and was active with the Knights of Columbus.
While he was a 3rd degree Knight, he was the Grand Knight and also the District Deputy prior to his installation as a 4th degree Knight.
He was a religious man that prayed with many people. A book, “A Man Called Francis” was written by Fr. Robert J. Fox on his Gift from God.
Irving enjoyed gardening, sports, and spending time with his family.
Among the survivors include his wife of 60 years, Gail; daughter, Margo (Brian) Rout of Columbus, Ind.; four sons, Steve (Peggy) of Escanaba, Peter (Mark Levesque) of Philadelphia, Pa., John (Lori) of Escanaba, and Matt (Salli) of Gladstone; seven grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Jennifer, Stephanie, Jared, Jerilyn, and Ian; four great-grandchildren, Cole, Taylor, Jersie, and Cooper; brother, Robert (Colleen) Houle of Chelsie, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ray, Donald, Reyn, and Al; and sister, Gladys.
For additional information contact:
“My Mother’s House”
1418 10th Avenue South
Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Phone: (906) 786-2116