Fr. Tom Burns dies in Florida

Fr. Tom

Fr. Tom Burns, SCJ, died this morning, June 23, near Pinellas Park, FL. Yesterday he had been hospitalized with complications from pneumonia. He was 79, professed his first vows in 1958 and was ordained in 1965.

From Wilkes-Barre, PA, Fr. Tom’s first assignment was at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Lenox, MA. He was there from 1966-1979. After a year at St. Joseph’s High School in Alameda, CA, Fr. Tom took his first parish assignment at St. Matthew parish in Houston where he served for 1983-86.

He then joined the Mississippi community serving at Queen of Peace parish in Olive Branch from 1986-1993 and at St. James parish in Corinth from 1993-2009.

He retired several years ago and was a member of the Sacred Heart Community in Pinellas Park, FL.

Funeral arrangements:

The remains of Fr. Tom will be transported to:
142 S. Washington, St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
There will be a wake service Friday evening at the funeral home; time to be determined. 
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at:
St. Mary’s Church
134 S. Washington St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, will preside at the funeral.