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Josephite Fr. Frank Hull dies at 96

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Josephite Father Frank M. Hull, former pastor of St. Joseph Church in Alexandria, died May 26 at age 96. Father Hull, who had underlying health issues, died from COVID-19 at the Josephite Senior Residence in Washington.


Father Hull was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More High School there. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.


In 1948, he entered the Josephite minor seminary in Newburgh, N.Y. He was ordained a Josephite priest June 8, 1957, in Washington, and was involved in many facets of the order’s ministry including teacher at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans; spiritual director and vice rector at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington; editor of the Josephite Harvest Magazine; and area director for the Josephite General Council.


He served at parishes in Houston, New Orleans and Washington before being assigned pastor of St. Joseph from 2002 until his retirement in 2012.


After a brief retirement, he worked for the parish ministry of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington and then was director of the Josephite Archives in Baltimore and Washington.


His funeral was June 3. 


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