Voyage Comics & Publishing, Philip Kosloski: Karukoski said at the WonderCon panel, “Father Francis is a wonderful character. After his parents passed away, Father Francis, his Catholic priest, became his guardian and he was an amazing fellow and as we portray in the film with kindness. Because everything you read about Father Francis, he would have deserved his own film. He was gentle…you often see Catholic priests being [portrayed] as harsh, perhaps [viewed] in a more negative [way] in a societal manner. Father Francis was everything else. He was, what I think, a Catholic priest [should] be for a young growing man like Tolkien.” Read account here.