Fr Francis Chapman, born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1913, studied Theology in Ireland and was ordained there in 1937. In 1938 he went with the first group of Columbans to Mindanao as pastor of Tangub, Misamis Occidental. During the War years he stayed in the mountains with the people. In 1950 he led the first group of Columbans to the southern part of Negros Occidental, an area that in 1988 became the Diocese of Kabankalan.
From 1954 Fr Frank worked in Australia and later served as Regional Director there. He was a member of the General Council in Ireland from 1966 to 1970. He then returned to Mindanao and did parish work in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.