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Young US seminarian who carried cross at pope’s Easter Mass dies in Rome

Anthony Freeman

Anthony Freeman / Instagram

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 04/05/18

Autopsy results still haven't been announced

See UPDATE here: Autopsy results in for US seminarian who died after serving pope’s Easter Mass

Louisiana-native Brother Anthony Freeman of the Legionaries of Christ had an exciting Easter serving the pope’s Mass of the Resurrection, but then died unexpectedly that same night. The cause of death of the 29-year-old has yet to be announced.

He had just posted on Instagram: “After an 8-day silent retreat I was blessed to meet Pope Francis today and serve the Easter mass!”

The seminarian was scheduled to be ordained a deacon this July in Houston.

He was found dead in his room on Easter Monday morning. He had dined with the Legionary community Easter Sunday night. The seminary called Italian authorities, who are still investigating the cause of death.

During the pope’s Mass, Brother Freeman had been delegated to carry the cross in the opening procession.

His instagram post adds:

Thank you so much for your prayers during my retreat! Literally this past week of intense silence not to mention the past 48 hours have been very special moments with God and also with others. The joy and sadness and hope of life are sometimes condensed in small moments, this was one for me and spiritually this moment of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord is what gives these moments its fullest meaning and expression!

He was active on Facebook and Instagram with his “Catholic Life Coach” pages. He also had a web site,, and had a book released in January.

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