Born John Whitler on September 23, 1826 of Lutheran parents in Baden, Germany, he was raised Lutheran. He came to the United States and in 1857 entered the Passionists. He professed his vows on October 27, 1858. His religious name was Francis. On May 1, 1873 he was transferred from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cincinnati, Ohio. That monastery had opened formally on May 20, 1873. He came back to Pittsburgh for a short visit on August 22, 1873 and left on August 2, 1873 for Baltimore, Maryland. He arrived in Pittsburgh from West Hoboken on September 21 1881. On October 9, 1882 he arrived back at Pittsburgh after conducting a financial quest in Butler county, Pennsylvania. He began to suffer from an internal illness which resulted in his death. He died at the Pittsburgh monastery.
September 23, 1826
October 27, 1858
August 19, 1886
Francis of the Mother of God Whitler