A Vigil Mass was celebrated before the Requiem Mass so that priests of the Archdiocese of Washington could attend. Fr. Joseph Rogers, pastor of St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg, Maryland was the main celebrant.
The woman praying here next to Fr. Francis' coffin tells a truly beautiful story of meeting Fr. Francis. They both spoke French. She spoke no English. He helped her after she had lost her faith. She now speaks fluent English and is a practicing nurse.
Three of Fr. Francis' nieces sang a psalm response at the Requiem Mass, accompanied by a choir, not in view.
People gathered at the cemetery for the Rite of Committal.
One of Fr. Francis' former students praying at his graveside.
Prayer of Saint John Marie Vianney in the cemetery area reserved for priests.
Fr. Francis Martin's grave in All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, Maryland, awaiting a proper marker.