Monsignor Francis A. Galles, 92, went home to his heavenly Father on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Traditions of Preston. Francis A. Galles was born in Iona, Minnesota, March 8, 1927, to Charles and Virginia (Boltz) Galles. There were 10 children in the Galles family: Leona, Lawrence, Eugene, Charles, Lester, Sylvester, Clara, Gerald, Francis and Rose Virginia. At the age of 18, Francis left home to study for the priesthood at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. From there, he studied at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the Gregorian University in Rome. On Dec. 20, 1952, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. He served as Parochial Vicar at St. John Nepomucene in Winona and St. Pius X in Rochester, Minnesota. As pastor, he served at St. Francis Xavier, Windom, St. Augustine, Jeffers, St. Columban, Preston, St. Lawrence, Fountain, and St. Patrick, Lanesboro. Other assignments include assistant editor of The Courier, spiritual director for Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona and the North American College in Rome, advocate and notary for the tribunal, chaplain for the Sisters of St. Francis Mother-house in Rochester, parochial administrator for St. Columban, Preston, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Fountain, St. Ann, Slayton, St. Mary, Lake Wilson, St. Ignatius, Spring Valley, St. Finbarr, Grand Meadow and St. Patrick, LeRoy. In 1962, he was named Papal Chamberlain by Pope John XXIII, and in 1968, he was named Domestic Prelate. On July 1, 1997, Monsignor Galles joined the rank of senior priests of the Diocese.