Francis Joseph Schenk was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
Schenk, Francis Joseph was born on April 1, 1901 in Superior, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Nicholas and Frances (Fischer) Schenk.
He attended St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, from 1915 to 1918, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1922. He then studied for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary, receiving a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1926.
He served as Bishop of Crookston (1945–60) and Bishop of Duluth (1960–69). Schenk was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 13, 1926. He continued his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a doctorate in canon law in 1928.
Following his return to Minnesota, he served as secretary to Archbishop Austin Dowling from 1928 to 1930. He served as vice-chancellor of the archdiocese (1930–34) and a professor at St. Paul Seminary (1934–42). From 1942 to 1945, he served as vicar general of the archdiocese and rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul.
On March 10, 1945, Schenk was appointed the third Bishop of Crookston by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 24 from Archbishop John Murray, with Bishops Thomas Anthony Welch and Aloisius Joseph Muench serving as co-consecrators. During his tenure in Crookston, he established over 30 new churches, founded Our Northland Diocese newspaper, and organized diocesan offices of the Catholic Social Service Agency and the Catholic Youth Organization. He also founded summer boarding schools for children of the thousands of Mexican migrant workers who worked in the diocese.
Following the death of Bishop Welch, Schenk was appointed the fourth Bishop of Duluth by Pope John XXIII on January 27, 1960. Between 1962 and 1965, he attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. He retired on April 30, 1969, and died six months later at age 68.
Author: Mixed Religion and Disparity of Cult, 1929.