Rev. Francis Xavier Cotter

Rev. Francis Xavier Cotter O.C.D., was born to eternal life on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, at the age of 65.

Survivors include his sister, Jane (Gordon) Rines; three brothers, Steven, Paul (Eleanor) and Mark (Noreen); his uncle, Phillip Cotter; nieces; nephews; and his religious brothers in the Discalced Carmelites.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Dorothy (nee Wilson) Cotter.

Father Francis was born in Boston, Mass. on Dec. 1, 1942.

He entered the Discalced Carmelite Friars in 1981 and made his first profession of vows March 19, 1982. Father Francis was ordained as a priest on March 18, 1989.

He was a member of the Carmelite friars’ communities of Washington D.C., Elmire, N.Y., Peterborough, N.H. and Holy Hill,

For the past 10 years, he served as chaplain to the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Denmark, Wis.

Father Cotter served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1967 as a military intelligence coordinator.

He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 1977 until the time of his entrance into the Discalced Carmelite Order, Father Francis was director of rehabilitation for the sheriff’s department of Franklin County, Mass.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. with evening prayer at 5 p.m. in the Shrine Chapel, Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Holy Hill, Hubertus, and also on Wednesday from 9 to 10:55 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the main church, Holy Hill, with burial following in the Carmelite Cemetery on the Holy Hill grounds.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the Order of Discalced Carmelites at Holy Hill.

The Carmelite friars are grateful to Father Francis’ many friends in Denmark and Green Bay, who supported him these last years as he lived with cancer.

We are especially grateful to our Carmelite nuns in Denmark, for the support, encouragement and prayers for Father during the years he served as their chaplain.