Aug 16, 2014

Father Thomas F. Schmitt, 58, passes away following battle with cancer




Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – Father Thomas F. Schmitt, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield serving at Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 58 following a battle with cancer.

Known for his work as a professor and as dean of seminarians at the Weston seminary, Father Schmitt was born in Wilton, Conn., and attended schools in New Hampshire and Connecticut, graduating high school in 1974.

He worked for several years at a lumber company in Canaan, Conn., before moving to North Adams in 1981.

He was a 1984 graduate of North Adams State College (now known as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in North Adams, receiving his bachelor’s degree in history.

He attended Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and was ordained by Springfield Bishop Joseph F. Maguire on May 11, 1991 in St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield.

Father Schmitt began his priestly ministry as parochial vicar at Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Lee and very shortly thereafter was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Springfield where he served until September of 1996. He then went to the Gregorian University in Rome for further study.

In 1998, he began teaching at the seminary in Brighton. Also in the 1990s, he served for a time as diocesan director for Pro-Life Activities.

Father Schmitt’s arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 3-8 p.m. prayer service followed by vigil at Pope St. John XXIII

Thursday, Aug. 21, 4:30-8:30 p.m., vigil with prayer service at Christ the King Parish, Ludlow, MA

Friday, Aug. 22, 11:00 a.m. funeral Mass at Christ the King Parish, Ludlow, MA

Saturday, Aug. 23, burial in Canaan, Conn., private.