It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of faculty member Fr. Tom Schmitt
Fr. Tom died peacefully Saturday morning, August 16th, at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Fr. Tom received a B.A. in History from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and in 1991 he was ordained a Priest following four years of study at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. He was assigned to St. Thomas Parish in West Springfield, MA and in 1996 he moved to Rome to study at Pontifical Gregorian University where, in 1998, he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.). He had the privilege of meeting Pope St. John Paul II, and often recalled the Pope’s comment to him it was a “gift to be a priest”.
Following his studies in Rome, Fr. Tom went back to his roots to become a teacher and the Dean of Seminarians at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. Fr. Tom often spoke of how blessed he was, not only to teach, but to carry out weekend parish work at Christ the King Parish in Ludlow, MA where he performed many baptisms, weddings, and served the community; he cherished his gift to be a priest and to teach and form men into becoming priests.
Fr Tom was a gifted scholar, teacher, and exemplary priest, as well as our Dean of Seminarians. Fr. Tom has been a vital force in the formation of hundreds of fine priests. Those of you who were privileged to benefit from receiving his wise counsel, studying, living and praying with him here at the Seminary are his legacy. Others may know him as a fellow alumnus (Class of ’91). Still others may know of him as one of Springfield, Massachusetts’ most gifted priests.
Please keep his family and the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Community in your prayers.
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