Fr. Lester Samuel Mitchell, O.F.M. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 25, 1928, “sister death” called Fr. Lester on April 1, 2008 at the Beatitudes Campus of Care in Phoenix. His career has been long and varied as he served well throughout the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara. For those in Phoenix, he is best known as teacher and principal of St. Mary’s High School. He also ministered as a retreat director, in parish ministry, vocations work and in various administrative ministries among the friars. Everyone is invited to a special Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at his beloved St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, on Monday, April 7th. The burial follows at St. Francis Cemetery. There will also be a Vigil on Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Basilica. “Go now in peace for you will be well escorted on your way.” St. Clare of Assisi Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.