Jesuit Father Francis X. Metzbower, of the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, died on March 2, 2016, at the age of 88. Born and raised in Baltimore, Fr. Metzbower entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, in 1950. He received degrees in history and theology and was ordained to the priesthood in 1963.
Fr. Metzbower went on to serve in various roles on both shores of the country. In the 1960s and 70s, he was parochial vicar at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore and Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C. He then served more than 15 years as chaplain at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco before becoming military chaplain for the Army Presidio Chapel.
In 1997, Fr. Metzbower returned to Baltimore to the Colombiere Jesuit Community where he remained in residence until his death.