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Fr. Raphael (Francis) Eagle, TOR

May 2, 1939 – March 18, 2017

Fr. Raphael (Francis) Eagle, TOR, 77, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, of heart failure.

He was born in Philadelphia, son of Frank and Rose (Salduti) Eagle.

Fr. Raphael entered the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Hollidaysburg, in 1956 and professed vows on June 27, 1959. Fr. Raphael earned a B.A. in philosophy and continued on with theological studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1967. In September of that year, he was sent to Paraguay, where he served for 25 years. He was a consummate missionary, learning not only Spanish but also Guarani. He returned to the United States in 1992. He then served in several parishes or missions in the Diocese of Orlando with an emphasis in Hispanic ministry. In 1996, he was missioned at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and in 1999 he became a full-time chaplain at Cook Children’s Hospital, where he served until his retirement in 2012. He continued to offer ministerial assistance in local parishes to the very end of his life, dying in the friary at Holy Cross Parish.

Surviving are his sister, Rose; several nieces and nephews; and his Franciscan brothers.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, at St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at St. Bernardine Monastery. Burial in the monastery cemetery will take place following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Franciscan Friars Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 117, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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