rev. francis r.davis
Rochester: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 Beloved brother of Mrs.Virginia (Richard)Mahns, Miss Janet T. Davis; his nieces and nephews, Daniel(Teresa)Mahns, Kevin(Carleen)Mahns, Timothy(Margaret)Mahns, Sheila(Robert)Borelli and Patricia Mahns; several great-nieces and nephews. Father Davis will lie in state on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 150 French Rd from 4:30-7PM with evening prayer at 7PM. On Monday, August 11, Father will lie in state at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park from 9-10AM with his Funeral Liturgy at 10AM with Bishop Matthew H. Clark presiding. Interment, Priests Plot Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make contributions to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Rd., Rochester, NY 14618 or have Masses offered for the repose of his soul.

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  1. As a teacher at All Saints Academy in Corning, NY, I will always remember Father Davis for sharing his valuable time with my second grade students. He graciously shared time, talent and his love of God at our school and church. He was truly a gift from God for our church and community.

  2. As I recently stated in a letter to Father Davis’ sister, Ginny, it has been a special blessing from God that all of us who were able to travel part of our earthly journey with him were given the opportunity to walk beside a true saint.
    Shalom Father.

  3. Father Davis was a very special person. My mother admired him for as long as I can remember. When my daughter made her first communion and confirmation, my mother was her sponsor and my daughter had her picture taken with Father Davis. We still have the picture and will always cherish it. Also, I remember every year at Christmas, my mother would look forward to Father Davis’s newsletter and would share it with all of her children. We loved reading it, too. Now, my Mother can talk with Father Davis again.
    God Bless

  4. Father Davis was a wonderful, gentle man. He served in Corning/Painted Post Catholic Community for many years and was an integral part of my life when I first moved to the Corning area. His kind words made a difference to me making me feel welcome to my new parish. May he rest in peace and God speed. There is another angel in heaven guiding us through our lives.

  5. Father was such a wonderful gentle priest. He was easy to talk with and loved by many who attended St. Mary’s in Corning. He will be sadly missed but we all know he is in heaven. God Bless him.

  6. I am so very sorry to hear of Father Davis’s passing. What a kind, thoughtful priest he was. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

  7. I met Farther Davis in 1988 when he performed my wedding ceremony. I found him to be such a warm and caring person. I truly adored his calm demeanor. He will be sorely missed by all here in the Corning area. God Bless you Father Davis.

  8. I WAS SADDENED TO FIND OUT THAT FATHER DAVIS HAD DIED. AS A MATTER OF FACT THE WAY I FOUND OUT WAS SHEN I TRIED TO FIND THE NUMBER OF THE CORNING LEADER OBIT SECTION. I WAS PUTTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PAPER FOR A GRAVESIDE SERVICE FOR MY DAD WHO HAD PASSED AWAY ON THE 8TH OF MAY. I MET FATHER DAVIS IN 1981 WHEN HE SAID THE FUNERAL MASS FOR MY BROTHER BILL AND THEN AGAIN WHEN HE DID THE FUNERAL MASS FOR MY MOM IN 1986. OVER THE YEARS I WOULD HEAR FROM HIM ON A YEARLY BASIS. HE SENT ME A CHRISTMAS LETTER EVERY YEAR. FATHER DAVIS RATHER REMINDED ME OF SANTA CLAUS–HE WAS SO JOLLY AND KIND. I KNOW THAT THE LAST FEW YEARS HEALTH WISE WERE VERY TOUGH FOR HIM AND NOW HE’S FREE OF THAT. I WILL MISS HIM TERRIBLY. REST IN PEACE DEAR FRIEND.

  9. I wish to express mine and my family’s condolences. I was Father Davis’ secretary at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning for 10 years. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful friend. He will be deeply missed by all my family.

  10. Many years ago Father Davis came in to a store where I was working and we were talking about Saint Christopher medals. I was showing him one on my key chain and he asked if I would like him to bless it. I was so honored by this act of kindness. I still have that same medal and it goes everywhere with me. He will always be special to me for that. May God bless him always.

  11. Our deepest stmpathy on the lossof beloved Father Davis. I remember fatherDavis when I was a child. He trulywas a wonerful person. With Sympathy, Frank La Shure & Family.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cousin Ginny and family at the time of their great loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are thinking of you.

  13. So sorry to hear of your passing. You baptized our twins on a blizzard snow storm many years ago at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning, NY. I also had the blessed opportunity to help you when you stayed at Founders Pavilion for a short time. I am a Nurse, still at Founders in Corning. Rest in Peace.

  14. We have known father davis for a long period of time,we have had him to our home for dinner,my wife and I agree that he is one fine person and we will miss him,he is a one of a kind person and a great person to know.

  15. We have known father davis for a long period of time,we have had him to our home for dinner,my wife and I agree that he is one fine person and we will miss him,he is a one of a kind person and a great person to know. I forgot to mention that we live in corning,new york and attended st patricks church when he was pastor there.

  16. We have known Father Davis for many years. He was a devoted priest and friend. My husband Harold served on the Altar at Immaculate Heart of Mary (All Saints Parish) for many, many years.
    We have missed him so much.
    Lillian L. Maslyn

  17. We know the Blessed Mother and all the Angels were waiting anxiously for our friend and pastor Father Davis. He gave so much to those around him and to my family. Only one thought comes to mind, gratitude to God for the gift of Father Davis’ life.

  18. We send our sincere sympathy to Father Davis’s family. Please know we keep Father Davis in our prayers always and appreciate the wonderful legacy he has left to the Corning All Saints community.

    Betty and John Wahlig and family

  19. I often served as Alter Boy for Father Davis. Remembering Father Davis’s love of the Mass, I was always mindful of the particular way he prepared for the Feast of the Eucharist. It was a pleasure to serve for him. I also remember that many years later when I was preparing to receive my Confirmation in Rota, Spain, the Priest required a copy of my Baptism from St Patrick’s in Corning. He sent a letter to Father Davis who was able to obtain my Baptism paperwork that was signed by Father Sweeney, just 5 days prior to the 1972 Flood.

    Father Davis, thanks for all the memories and guidance. Rest in Peace.

    Dan Lehman

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