|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1909|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1977|
Msgr. Francis V. Allen was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 25, 1909. He attended St. Francis and Holy Name Separate Schools, De La Salle Collegiate and St. Michael's College before entering St. Augustine's Seminary in 1927. He was ordained in St. Michael's Cathedral on June 10, 1933 by Bishop Dennis P. O'Connor of Peterborough.
Father Allen served as associate pastor at St. Dunstan's Parish, Toronto, and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Toronto, before being appointed Secretary of St. Augustine's Seminary in 1935. In July of 1936 he became vice-chancellor in temporalibus and in September of 1942, chancellor in spiritualibus. He also served in 1941 as acting president of the Catholic Church Extension Society for one year. He accompanied Cardinal James C. McGuigan to Rome for the cardinal's reception of the red hat and while there was named Domestic Prelate by Pope Pius XII on February 12, 1946. On September 21, 1952 he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.
On July 2, 1954 Father Allen was appointed as Titular Bishop of the See of Avensa and Auxiliary to Cardinal McGuigan, receiving his episcopal consecration on October 7, 1954 at St. Michael's Cathedral, from the said Cardinal, assisted by Archbishop Joseph A. O'Sullivan of Kingston and Bishop Benjamin Webster of Peterborough. That same year he was appointed vicar general. As well as assisting Cardinal McGuigan with various episcopal duties, Bishop Allen continued as pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. Over the years he also served on the Board of the Catholic Church Extension Society. In 1961 he was created Archdiocesan Moderator of Religious Congregations by Coadjutor Archbishop Philip F. Pocock. In October of that year he was appointed member of the Archdiocesan Council of Administration and in April, Chairman of the Archdiocesan High School Board. In March of 1964 he was named moderator of the Holy Name Society of Canada.
In June of 1972 Bishop Allen resigned his pastorate and limited his responsibilities to his episcopal duties. He suffered a heart attack and died on October 7, 1977 at the age of 68. His funeral was held at St. Michael's Cathedral and was attended by many of the Canadian Episcopate. He lies interred in the family plot at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto.
Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
Plot: Section 16, Plot 69.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27903860
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Allen, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
Added: Aug. 28, 2012
"My Father's house has many rooms; If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am. You know...(Read more)|
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REPOSE EN PAIX FRANCIS!|
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