Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

KearnsTHOMASTON – Father Harold Maynard Kearns, 74, of Waterbury, Pastor Emeritus of St. Thomas Parish in Thomaston, died on Jan. 12, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

He was born in Manchester, the son of Harold M. and Mary F. (Lupacchino) Kearns. He graduated from St. James School in Manchester and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and completed his seminary studies at Christ the King Seminary in New York and the North American College in Louvain, Belgium.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 1961, in Louvain by Bishop Thomas Francis Maloney.

Father Kearns served as an assistant at St. Peter Parish in Torrington, the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Hartford, St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven, Sacred Heart Parish in Southbury, St. Maurice Parish in New Britain, St. Stephen Parish in Hamden, Our Lady of Victory Parish in West Haven and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury.

He served as an associate priest-chaplain and then chaplain at Waterbury Hospital from Feb. 26, 1975, to July 12, 1984, and then as priest-chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury from July 12, 1984, to Aug. 22, 1991.

He then was co-pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Naugatuck and then was Pastor of St. Thomas Parish in Thomaston from Dec. 15, 1993, until Dec. 15, 2003, when he was named Pastor Emeritus of St. Thomas.

Father Kearns is survived by his sister, Julie Ann Kearns of Avon; his cousin, Deacon Eugene Mastrangelo of the Archdiocese of Washington; and Deacon Mastrangelo’s wife, Marge.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Jan. 15 at St. Thomas Church, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next day. Deacon Mastrangelo was the homilist.

Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Manchester.