(Above, Fr. Francis in St. Peter's Basilica in October, 2009)
"As with all true friendships, you always think that your friend is better than you are, and I certainly felt that way about Frank. He was a very great inspiration to me as a first year Seminarian and shared with me his wisdom and his affirmation. His sense of humor was infectious. He always said, "God has a sense of humor - just look at creation!" And in my melancholic moments, he was able to bring me out from my Germanic darkness."