Viatorian Associate Glenda Francis died Apr. 4, 2014 in Belize City. She was 69.
A native of Belize, Glenda was born Nov. 6, 1944. She attended St. Francis Xavier grade school in Corozal and later returned to teach there. Before her retirement, Glenda had a long tenure as a primary school teacher and principal in and around Corozal Town.
Glenda was among the first group of Viatorian associates from Belize. She was driven by the premise that the bond between religious and laity was the desire to make the world a better place based upon Gospel values. She made her first commitment Feb. 18, 2006 at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Corozal and re-committed again in 2008 and 2011.
After Glenda retired from the school system, she started a non-governmental agency in 2001 that she called, “HelpAge” which was dedicated to the outreach of local seniors. The agency reflected Glenda’s own philosophy, that seniors have much to offer.
“HelpAge” continues to present a variety of programs for the elderly designed to enhance their quality of life. The agency began in a local convent and under Glenda’s leadership it grew to have its own center, a van to transport seniors who cannot drive and a coordinated series of activities. Glenda’s individual outreach included taking Communion to shut-ins and praying with them.
The agency and its success drew Glenda to be named one of 16 “Outstanding Women” in 2013 in Belize. The award recognized women for their individual contribution to Belizean society as part of the culmination of the country’s Women’s Month celebration.
A funeral Mass for Glenda were held Apr. 8 at St. Franics Xavier Parish in Corozal Town and was officiated by Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV and the Rev. Moises Mesh, CSV, pastor. Glenda was laid to rest at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Corozal Town.
Please remember Glenda and her family in your Masses and prayers.
Taken from a letter to the Viatorian Community from the Rev. Thomas R. von Behren, CSV, Provincial, dated Apr. 7, 2014