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Father Francis Augustine Morley

Father Francis Augustine Morley,

96, died on Nov. 16, 2015, at Harbourstone Nursing Home, Mira Bay unit. A native of Glace Bay, Fr. Frank was a son of the late Joseph H. and Agnes (Curry), Morley. After attending St. Anne’s School and graduating from Glace Bay High, Fr. Frank received a Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. In later years he obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Boston College. Following studies at St. FX, Fr. Frank entered Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish on June 15, 1947. His pastoral appointments in our diocese included St. Joseph, New Victoria; St. Peter, Port Hood; St. Joseph, Dingwall; Immaculate Conception, Main-a-Dieu; St. Agnes, New Waterford; Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton; St. Peter, Tracadie; St. Patrick, Lochaber; St. Paul, Sherbrooke and St. Francis, Giant’s Lake. Fr. Frank also helped out in various parishes in the Archdiocese of Halifax and in Cape Breton parishes in Margaree, L’Ardoise, and Eskasoni. Fr. Frank served as Diocesan Spiritual Director of the CWL, Diocesan Director of the Holy Name Society, and Dean of Antigonish Deanery. He also served on the Board of Governors of St. FX University and as a board member of The Casket.

Fr. Frank is survived by a brother, Fr. Fred, Sydney, his sister-in-law Mary Morley, Halifax, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He was predeceased by brothers Joseph, William, John, James, Charles, and Fr. Tom, sisters Dr. Mary, Teresa, Monica, and Sisters Alice and Agnes, Sisters of Charity. Funeral mass was held at St. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay.