Fr Francis George “Frank” Boeshans Jr.

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Fr Francis George “Frank” Boeshans Jr.

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 1 Sep 2010 (aged 85)
Lacombe, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
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Laureate priest and monsignor of Louisiana and Mississippi and of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Born in New Orleans August 2, 1925 to Francis George Boeshans, Sr. (1901-1959) and Mary Louise Roser Boeshans (1901-1986). He was a second-generation German-American as his grandfather, Georg Böshans, emigrated from Busenberg, Germany, a municipality in Südwestpfalz district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, that sits on the border of France. His grandmother, Agnes Langhauser Ruppert-Böshans, was from nearby Ruppertsberg. They met and married in New Orleans November 27, 1899. Boeshans attended Incarnate Word Elementary School in New Orleans and he spent his high school and college years at St. Joseph Seminary. He received his B.A. degree from Notre Dame Seminary in 1948 and was ordained by Most Rev. Joseph F. Rummel on May 22, 1948. He began as a young priest serving as an assistant pastor to St. James Major (1948-49), Sts. Peter and Paul (1950-59), and St. Christopher the Martyr (1959-63) parishes in New Orleans and suburban Metairie. Father was appointed Dean of City Park/Gentilly and St. Tammany deaneries. In 1963 he was named founding pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord in New Orleans East while simultaneously serving as pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra Church (1965-69). He was named a Monsignor by Pope Paul VI in 1977. In 1984, he founded St. John of the Cross Parish in Lacombe, Louisiana serving there until his retirement in 1988 after 50 plus years in active service.

In his 62 years of priestly ministry, Msgr. Francis G. Boeshans exemplified the mandate to live "not to be served but to serve." He was Consultor for two archbishops-Archbishop Hannan and Archbishop Schulte, plus, in the beginning of Father's priesthood, Archbishop Rummel appointed him assistant CCD director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, serving under then Msgr. Gerald Frey. During that tenure, he directed the Junior Newman Clubs of the entire Archdiocese, until the program was discontinued in 1962 by Archbishop Cody.

Msgr. Boeshans also served as Archdiocesan Director of the Council of Catholic Women, and as Archdiocesan CYO Director, during which time he was awarded the prestigious Ray Mock Service Award for outstanding service to youth. In addition, he was an active member of the Clergy Council for over 20 years, Procurator on the Matrimonial Court, Chaplain for KC Councils, and Catholic hospital chaplain for Methodist Hospital for ten years. Under Archbishop Hannan, Msgr. Boeshans worked diligently to fund the Horizons program, which provided diocesan-wide residences such as Nazareth Inn and Madonna Manor for the elderly. In the mid-1980s, Msgr. was host/moderator of Real-to Reel, a weekly television program for WLAE. This program highlighted notable personalities-local, national and international-in the Church.

During his retirement, Msgr. Boeshans was anything but retired, having helped at over 30 parishes in Louisiana and Mississippi, with most of his help at St. Anthony in Gretna and St. Benilde in Metairie. He loved to preach missions and days of recollection and had the privilege of preaching in four states-Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina. In addition to parish days of recollection, Father went to Rosaryville in Ponchatoula, Louisiana several times a year for retreats and days of recollection. Msgr. Boeshans lived a life of service to God and his fellow man, truly exemplifying the commission of his ordination to be an "alter Christus"-another Christ to the world.

Msgr. Boeshans is survived by one brother, David I. Boeshans (wife Barbara) of Marietta, GA, and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his aforementioned parents, two aunts, Agnes Boeshans (Mrs. Archibald) Lejeune (1902-1978) and Beatrice Boeshans (Mrs. Ralph) Gutierrez (1906-2002) and two sisters, Mary Louise Boeshans-Minshew (Mrs. Fred J. Minshew) of River Ridge, LA and Doris Ann Boeshans-Owen (Mrs. Paul Dixon Owen, Jr.) of Greensboro, NC. Others mourning his passing are half-cousins from his grandmother's first marriage, the Ruppert, Meals, Rybiski, Brown, Jensen and Guidry families.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 58149834
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Francis George “Frank” Boeshans Jr. (2 Aug 1925–1 Sep 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 58149834, citing Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by K. Jacob Ruppert (contributor 46512274) .