OBITUARY

Rev. Frank W. Jones

March 4, 1938July 29, 2011

Reverend Frank Wiley Jones, born March 4, 1938 in Houston, Texas, beloved Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for 44 years, went home to be with the Lord on July 29, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents , Rose and O.B. Jones, and survived by brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Roma Jones, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gary Richter, sister, Mindy Jones, 11 neices and nephews and 19 great neices and nephews, and countless cherished friends. During his remarkable lifetime, he touched everyone whose path he crossed in his pursuit to spread God’s love and joy to all he met. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary, ordained on May 27, 1967, and went on to obtain a Master’s of Theology from the University of St. Thomas in 1975. His education included frequent travels to Mexico where he became fluent in Spanish. He began his ministry as a Priest at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, May 1967, followed by St. Frances Cabrini, 1970; St. Jerome, 1974; St. Gregory the Great, 1977 and became a pastor 1978; Blessed Sacrament, 1981; St. Elizabeth Seton and St. Leo Mission, 1984; St. Luke the Evangelist, 1988; Guardian Angel, 1990; St. Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows, 1993; St. Matthias, 1995 until he retired on April 30, 2005 due to health reasons. He also served as one of the Prison Chaplains at Huntsville State Prison for several years. Fr. Frank had an uncompromising passion for the poor and underprivileged, and was a champion to those in need. He spent much of his time over the course of his distinguished career working with the Spanish community, for which he had a great love. Though Fr. Frank had been retired for 6 years, he continued to say Mass at St. Rafael until recently, when his illness overcame him. He was always cheerful and loving, and had a great sense of humor, despite all of his medical problems. He was an inspiration to all that knew him and a spiritual leader to his family. He will be greatly missed by all, but we are celebrating his glorious entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. The family would like to thank St. Dominic’s Retirement Center and Nursing Home for their compassionate and loving care of Fr. Frank, along with Vitas Hospice. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, TX 77002. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011, at The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Celebrant and Msgr. Adam S. McClosky, CoCelebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025-1499.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 3, 2011
  • Vigil Service Wednesday, August 3, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Rev. Frank W. Jones

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Sergio Sarmiento

August 21, 2011

Father Frank Jones will always occupy a very special place in my heart. What a kind, compassionate man of God he was. I was so fortunate to have met father Frank in my life. He was always ready to help, to listen with a sincere heart.
He was very dedicated to the Hispanic community, spoke fluently Spanish and he truly loved and accepted everybody and, that is in my modest opinion one of his great legacies. Unconditional love for every single human being.
I thank God for such great gift He gave us to have Father Frank on this earth touching so many people.

Christopher Rigdon

August 21, 2011

Father Frank was a great friend and inspiration to me. His kindness, compassion and advocacy for the less fortunate were his hallmark character assets. Father Frank truly sought to live a Christ centered life. He was truly a man of God and not only because he wore a collar. He will be missed by many but I have no doubt that I now have one very special guardian angel looking over me!

Bernice Brast

August 11, 2011

Father Frank was our pastor at Guardian Angel in Wallis for two short years---what wonderful, fulfilling years.
He loved to laugh and make you laugh with him.
May God rest his soul.

August 7, 2011

Father Frank married us in 2001. We loved him very much. He was so kind, soft spoken and humorus. He will be greatly missed by us and many other parishioners from St. Matthias, Magnolia, Texas.
God bless his soul.
Larry and Sandy Selman

darla obermier hutchinson

August 7, 2011

fr. jones had such a tremendous impact on the youth at st francis cabrini. he
lived and shared his love &
faith with the cyo on so many occasions. may god bless him and his family.

Anthony Dittrich

August 6, 2011

My sincere sympathy goes out to the Richter and Jones family on the passing of Father Frank Jones. He was the reason that our CYO at St. Francis Cabrini was so special over my high school years. Thanks for being there for us, you are in our prayers.

Dn. John & Stella Adams

August 4, 2011

May our Heavenly Father grant him Eternal Rest.

Charles Cummings

August 4, 2011

Richard, I pray that the service was meaningful and comforting to you. Your brother sounds like a wonderful man! God bless. Chuck

August 4, 2011

Many memories of Father Jones from St. Frances Cabrini. He married my husband Roger & myself as well as my brother Craig & his wife Sharon at St. Frances. He also married my brother Doug & his wife Cindy at Blessed Sacrament. We enjoyed our fun times with the single group at Athens Bar & Grill way back in the 70's. Our condolences to all the family on his passing. He truly was a special man of God. Even though we had lost contact I remember him with fond memories. Roger & Karen Reiland Yancy League City, Texas

Deacon Bob MacFarlane

August 4, 2011

I remember Frank from days when I was at the seminary. I will never forget how kind he was to me then. He truly has God's reward for being a true and faithful servant. Thank you Frank for being my friend.