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Father Francis J. Gasparick

Obituary of Father Francis J. Gasparick

November 12, 2023

The Capuchin Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Mary mourn the death of their brother, Father Francis J. Gasparik, O.F.M. Cap, who passed from this life on Sunday, November 12, 2023, in New York City at the age of sixty-five.

Fr. Francis was born to Francis and Joan Brady Gasparik in New York City on July 7, 1958. He and his four siblings grew up in Astoria, Queens. Francis attended St. Mary's Seminary in Garrison, NY, and St. John's University, Queens, NY, receiving a B.A. in Social Work.

Fr. Francis entered the Capuchins on August 31, 1979, and pronounced perpetual vows on August 24, 1985. In preparation for the priesthood, Fr. Francis served at Sacred Heart Parish, Yonkers, NY; St. Pius X, Middletown, CT; and received his theology degree from the Maryknoll School of Theology, Ossining, NY. Fr. Francis was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Francis J. Mugavero, on May 31, 1986.

Fr. Francis' first assignment was as a vocation director [1986-1991], guiding others to our Capuchin way of life with residence in St. Anthony Friary and Blessed Sacrament Friary, Manchester, NH, and St. Michael Friary, Brooklyn, NY.

Fr. Francis served on the Provincial Council for fifteen years [1996-2011], was Minister Provincial for six years [2011-17], Director of Mission and Development [2002-09], and Pastor of St. John the Baptist and later Holy Cross Parish where he resided until the time of his death. This extraordinary time of service in these elected positions was a testimony of his brothers' deep respect for his pastoral and visionary abilities and his understanding and compassion for those he served tirelessly.

Fr. Francis was pre-deceased by his parents and is survived by his two sisters, Marianne Judson [Kevin] and Ruth Gasparik; his two brothers, Thomas and Peter Gasparik [Deborah]; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Gasparik; and his five nephews and six nieces.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 [2-8 p.m.] at Holy Cross Church, 329 W. 42nd St., NYC. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16, 2023 [10:30 a.m.] at St. John the Baptist Church, 213 W. 30th St., NYC. Burial to follow in the friars’ cemetery in Yonkers, NY.

In place of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Fr. Francis Gasparik in support of the good works of the Province of St Mary, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, NY 10703.

Funeral Services


November 15, 2023

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Holy Cross Church

329 W. 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036

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Funeral Mass

November 16, 2023

10:30 AM

St. John the Baptist

213 W. 30th Street

New York, NY 10001

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Fr. Francis was a dear and good friend of mine, as well as a brother in St. Francis, for over thirty years. My last experience with Fr. Francis was when he was in Rehab. two weeks prior to his death. He truly was a man who walked the way of the cross and I am so grateful that our last encounter was one during which I was able to bless him, he who blessed us with his life!

Posted by: Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv - BROOKLYN, NY - Friend November 15, 2023

Father Francis simply loved us to death; he was a remarkable priest who gave his all to St.John the Baptist and left an indelible mark. No one made Holy Week more significant; his party for the volunteers radiated his appreciation for all of us. His attention to detail and his impeccable taste were exemplary. Father Gavin Reilly once told me what good care he took for his friary brothers as well. When I met Father Francis, I knew this was the parish where I belonged, and I still vividly recall things I learned from his homilies that guide me when I need to pivot! One good priest can touch our lives and make such a difference. Thank you, Father Francis for loving and blessing us. T

Posted by: Rebecca Karpus - Otis, Massachusetts - Friend November 16, 2023

Remembering Fr.Francis for his non-judgementalism, straight-forwardness, and class. One example, when the rushly put-together dinner for the saintly Card.Ignatious Kung was placed with paper plates and cups at the head-table for the Vatican Representative to U.N. & the Bishops;Fr.Francis replaced them with the fine china and glasses from the Friary, for the champagne toast of loyalty to the Holy Father./In one of his last texts to me, Fr.Francis ended with "Anything for the Lord!"

Posted by: John Albanese - Palisades Park, NJ - Friend November 17, 2023