The bloom is off the lily

Friday 20 April 2018 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Easter weekday

Here we are in the middle of our celebration of the Easter season, but the bloom is already off the lily. Potted Easter lilies are de rigueur at Easter. Omitting them from the Sanctuary would be a heresy of unimaginable proportions. You know me, dear readers. I usually try my best to avoid heresies. 

Just between us, I’m not fond of Easter lilies. I find them boring. With their gangly stalks and unimaginative blossoms, they’re the same-old, same-old. I suspect that those who sell Easter lilies are well-aware of this. That’s why they wrap the pots in gold foil – or purple foil if they are especially daring. 

There’s nothing worse than arriving to the altar at the Solemn Easter Vigil only to find your path blocked by a jungle of Easter lilies. One shouldn’t need a machete to enter the Sanctuary. 

Rest in Peace Rev. Francis X. Wallace, 1921-2018

FALMOUTH, MA – The Reverend Francis X. Wallace, 96, decorated Army Chaplain, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River. He was born in Beverly to Harry W. and Florence (Hayes) Wallace.

Father Wallace attended Holy Family High School in New Bedford and St. Anselm College in Manchester NH. After studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River in 1947. From his first assignment at Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich, he entered the Army Chaplaincy in 1950.

After Chaplain School at Ft. Slocum, NY, Father Wallace served with the 24th and 40th Infantry Divisions in the Korean War and then with the Basic Trainees at Camp Carson, CO, an artillery group in Germany, the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, GA, and the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI.

In 1962, he was sent to Edgewood arsenal, MD, returning to Korea in 1965, followed by duty with the 1st Army Headquarters in charge of chaplain recruitment and as Deputy Army Chaplain. He served in Vietnam as Command Chaplain with the 24th Corps and 1st Logistical Command. His final Army duties were as Post Chaplain, Fr. Meade, MD, and then with the Southern European Task Force, a NATO presence in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Father Wallace served in the Army for 26 years attaining the rank of Colonel.

Upon completion of military service, Father Wallace was assigned in 1977 as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Church in Falmouth. He retired from active ministry in 1994 and remained in residence at St. Patrick rectory.

For 17 years, Father Wallace ministered at Falmouth Hospital; known throughout the community for his work with the sick of all denominations. The Town of Falmouth proclaimed a “Father Wallace Day” in 1994.