Mass for Father Thomas Brown, OMI

December 2, 2015

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tuesday, December 8, the 5:30 pm Mass here at St. Charles Borromeo, the intention is for Fr. Tom Brown, a missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who passed away in Brazil on August 18. Fr. Tom, a native of Irondequoit and alumnus of St. Thomas School and Aquinas, spent 58 of his 60 years as an ordained priest in the missions of Brazil, but we at St. Charles were blessed with his presence when he came to spend his sabbatical year in 1981 here in ministry in our parish. During that year, Father Tom became acquainted with many of our parishioners especially through neighborhood communities, visitations, and home Masses. When he returned to his mission in Brazil in 1982, he kept the people of St. Charles close through his annual Christmas letters and visits every second summer upon his return home for a month or two in Rochester. Many of our St. Charles family remember Father Tom fondly and have kept in touch with him over the years. Each year Father Tom’s mission in Brazil has been the recipient of our parish sharing for which he was deeply grateful. Parishioners, friends and family of Father Tom’s are invited to stay for a few minutes after the Mass on December 8 to share memories of his remarkable life of faith, service, and friendship. It is fitting that we remember him on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is the great feast day of Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world.