Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Obit-Bennett_ThomasBLOOMFIELD – Father Thomas F. Bennett, a native of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6 at his family home in Amherst, Mass.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1942, the son of the late Thomas F. and Gertrude Ann (Powell) Bennett. He graduated from St. Margaret School and in 1959 from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. He studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

Father Bennett was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1968 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, by Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Joseph F. Donnelly.

Father Bennett served many parishes within the Archdiocese of Hartford, beginning as an assistant pastor at St. John Parish in Watertown in 1968, then at St. Mary Parish in Branford from 1968-72 and at St. Joseph Parish in Meriden from 1972-76.

He began in the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1976 and a year later was named as its director, serving there until 1984. Father Bennett was temporary administrator at St. John Fisher Parish in Marlborough until he was appointed to his first pastorate, at St. Thomas Parish in Southington.

In 1992, Father Bennett became Pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Milford. His final pastorate began in 1995 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington Depot and St. Patrick Mission  in Roxbury, where he served until beginning a medical leave in 2008. He was named Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Patrick Mission last June.

Despite his challenging health issues, he contributed greatly to the formation of future priests, assisting in the Archdiocese’s Vocation Office until his unexpected death.

Father Bennett is survived by many cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his only sister, Dr. Mary Katherine Bennett.

Family and friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 12) at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of the archdiocesan center.

Burial will be in the Priests' Plot at St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.