Fr. J. Francis Tucker was one of the first students at Salesianum School, the first American Oblate, and first Provincial of the American Province. Fr. Tucker became widely known as an outstanding preacher who gave numerous retreats to thousands of high school students and to many priests, both Oblate and diocesan, throughout his active priestly ministry. Many of these centered on Salesian spirituality. He was also a chaplain to Prince Ranier of Monaco and was instrumental in introducing him to Grace Kelly.