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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Michigan stigmatist dies after a quiet life

The Michigan family man was a Knight of Columbus, a retired factory worker and a World War II vet. He also was apparently a stigmatist. Joseph O'Brien has the story in our Feb. 8 issue:

"Irving 'Francis' Houle's death early this year didn't make national news. He wasn't what the world would consider either a mover or a shaker.

"But his death touched many in the Michigan Upper Peninsula Diocese of Marquette and around the country who knew Houle through his prayer ministry and as a healer of bodies and souls.

"By all accounts, he led a relatively normal life. He was survived by his wife of 61 years, Gail Houle, and five children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was raised on a rural farm in upper Michigan, graduated from a Catholic high school and served in the Army during World War II with an honorable discharge in 1946. He was a factory worker and a Knight of Columbus.

"And he also apparently had the stigmata. Read more.

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