RIP: SSPX Br. Gerard Francis (Nichols)

May 02, 2017
Source: District of the USA
Brother Gerard Francis in a recent photo at his Ireland home. Photo: SSPX Ireland

Our beloved "Little Brother" departed this vale of tears at 8:00 pm Monday, April 24 in Ireland. Updated: Funeral Arrangements & Obituary Added.

We ask of your prayers for our beloved Brother Gerard Francis (Nichols) who passed away peacefully the night of the 24th of April. He spent the last years of his life providing vital support to the apostolate in Ireland.

He was dear to everyone who knew him, and he will always be remembered by his contagious smile and peaceful demeanour. 

"Oh God! command him to be taken up by the holy Angels, and to be borne to our home in paradise!"

Please pray for the repose of his soul as well as for his twin brother; Fr. David Nichols, SSPX, Mr. Wayne Nichols, longtime teacher at St. Mary's Academy in Kansas, and their family.

Funeral Arrangements Update:

Friday May 5, 2017:
Visitation, 4:00 p.m.
McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc.
19 East Broadway
Salem, NY  12865
(518) 854-3555

Saturday May 6, 2017:
Funeral Mass, 10:00 a.m.
North American Martyrs Chapel 100 Boulevard St,
Hudson Falls, NY 12839 (Glens Falls)

Fr. Nichols speaks about his twin brother in the below video, as well as the SSPX Brothers' Apostolate

See the Video

Fr. David Nichols, SSPX, was interviewed in a previously-scheduled video shoot, just weeks before his brother's death. He spoke fondly of Brother Gerard Francis, shared some memories, and closed with an exhortation for young men to continue the SSPX Brothers' Apostolate.


Br. Gerard Francis (Dean Peter) Nichols, SSPX
Born: 3 April 1957
Professed as a Religious Brother in the Society of St. Pius X: 29 Sept. 2000
Died: 24 April 2017

Br. Gerard Francis, SSPX (in the world, Dean Peter Nichols), passed to his eternal reward at Blackrock Hospice in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, April 24, 2017. Brother was diagnosed just months ago with a malignant brain tumor which gradually paralyzed him and claimed his life. He was 60 years old.

Brother was born Dean Peter Nichols, 3 April, 1957, one of identical twins, to Earl William Nichols and Florence Margaret (Dominy) Nichols, who predeceased him. He is survived by his twin, Rev. Fr. David Nichols, SSPX, of Los Gatos, CA; Wayne of St. Marys, KS; Steven of Melbourne, FL; Jeffrey of Jackson, NY; Thomas of Wilton, NY; Jane of Cambridge, NY; James of Jackson, NY; and Joan of Vandelia, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Br. Gerard was raised in New Jersey and upstate New York, and graduated from South Glens Falls Senior High, in South Glens Falls, NY, in 1976. Raised a Roman Catholic, Brother began to attend the Traditional Latin Mass in Glenmont, NY, in 1977, and by 1985 had decided to enter the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X, at that time located in Ridgefield, CT. In 1986, he took the habit of a Religious Brother and the name Gerard Francis in honor of St. Gerard Majella and St. Francis of Assisi. Brother assisted the priests of the SSPX at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Ridgefield, CT, and continued to do so when the seminary moved to Winona, MN, in 1988. Brother made his Perpetual Profession on 29 September 2000 at the Brothers’ Novitiate, at that time located in El Paso, TX. He was assigned again to the seminary, where he continued his work as cook, gardener and launderer for many years. In 2008, he was assigned to the SSPX District of Ireland with his twin, Rev. Fr. David Nichols. Brother continued in Ireland when Fr. Nichols returned to the US in 2013.

Br. Gerard was known for his piety, simplicity and perpetual smile, based as they were on a rock-solid faith in Our Lord and His Church, and in Our Lady to whom he was especially devoted. He was always heard to repeat “Deo gratias!” (“Thanks be to God!”) no matter what event, good or bad, overtook him. It was this same steady, unwavering faith and devotion which allowed him to accept God’s will in all things, even the cancer which overtook him so far from the land of his birth.

Friends may call Friday, May 5, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the McClellanGariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY. Those who wish may join the family for the Rosary at 7:00 pm. A traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 6, at North American Martyrs Roman Catholic Chapel, 100 Boulevard, Hudson Falls, NY (518-632-5679). Burial will follow at the Nichols-McCain Family Cemetery in Jackson, NY. Donations in memory of Brother may be made to the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY; or to the Novitiate of the Holy Angels, 21077 Quarry Hill Road, Winona, MN 55987.