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Br Callistus Welch
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Birth: Nov. 21, 1931
Metropolitan Borough of Walsall
West Midlands, England
Death: Oct. 14, 2013
North Michigan Park
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Br Callistus Welch OFM
(Michael D Welch)

Br Callistus Welch was born Michael D Welch, on November 21, 1931 and came to the United States at the age of 18. He joined the Custody of the Holy Land at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC in 1957.

He made his First Profession on October 16, 1961 and served for 52 years. Some of his positions during that time included Vice-Commissary, Vicar, Guardian and Commissary.

In 2004, Br Callistus was appointed Treasurer of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL), a foundation founded in 1994 under the auspices of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The FFHL was created to safeguard the basic human rights and continued presence of the Christian minority living in the Holy Land.

Br Callistus served faithfully in many roles but the FFHL is particularly grateful for his role as Treasurer. He was known to say often, "Our Catholic mission is to serve and share God's Word one heart at a time," as he interacted with visiting pilgrims in the Franciscan Monastery Book Store where he enjoyed working.

Br Callistus had retired to Hospice Care at Carroll Manor Nursing Home where he died on October 14 at 1am, at the age of 81 ... on the feast day of his religious namesake, the Feast of St Callistus.

The Reception of the Body and Visitation along with a Vigil service was held on October 16 at the St Savior Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington DC 20017. On Thursday, October 17, the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment followed in the Monastery Cemetery.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Created by: Becky
Record added: Oct 15, 2013
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Br Callistus Welch
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Rest In Peace, Brother Callistus!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Mar. 24, 2016

- Rita
 Added: May. 5, 2014

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