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Friar Mark Weaver, OFM Conv.

Friar Mark Weaver, OFM Conv., of Clarksville, Ind., entered into eternal life on Monday evening, Feb. 19, 2024, at Baptist Floyd Health Center in New Albany, Ind. He was 72 years old.
Friar Mark was born in Tiffin to Raymond and Joann (Gase) Weaver. He was born on July 2, 1951, and was the first of their 12 children. Friar Mark is survived by his siblings, Ann (Ronald) Zoeller; Paul Weaver; Jean (Greg [deceased]) Patton; Mary (David) Burget; Joan (Emery) Calloway; John Weaver; Jim Weaver; Lois (Alan) Taylor; Patrick (Tina) Weaver and Joe (Brenda) Weaver.
Friar Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Joann (Gase) Weaver and his sister, Jane (Lee) Mathias.
In 1965 he entered the Minor Seminary at Mt. St. Francis, Ind., graduating in 1969. In 1972 he entered St. Anthony Novitiate in Auburn, Ind. He professed first vows in 1973. He made his solemn profession of vows in 1976; he was ordained to the transitional diaconate the same year. He was ordained a priest at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in 1977. Friar Mark served in the United States at parishes in Indianapolis, Angola, Terre Haute and New Albany, Ind. From 1979 until 1995 Mark served in a variety of ministries in the Custody of Mary, Mother of the Poor (now the Custody of Mary, Mother of Mercy) in Honduras and El Salvador. There, Friar Mark served as associate pastor, director of novices, and Custos of the Custody of Mary, Mother of the Poor, in Central America as well as serving on the Initial Formation Team in Casa Central Franciscana, in Comayaguela, Honduras. In a video interview in 2020 Friar Mark was asked if the commitment to serve the world as a Franciscan was worth it. “What a privilege it is! It is wonderful to serve, even if it is just one person at a time. It is such a blessing to know that through you, the grace of Christ has touched the person you helped.” Friar Mark was deeply devoted to the people he served; he not only “talked the talk, but walked the walk.” With an upbeat and friendly disposition and the capacity to be a thoughtful listener, friar Mark was a superb pastoral minister to everyone he served.
Arrangements are as follows: Mass of Christian burial, 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, New Albany, Ind. The rite of committal will be at Mt. St. Francis, Ind., with a luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation or the province’s mission in Honduras, the Custody of Mary, Mother of Mercy. Memorial gifts can be made at https://www.franciscansusa.org/fr-mark-weaver/ or mailed to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Office of Mission Advancement, 103 St. Francis Boulevard, Mt. St. Francis, IN 47146.

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