Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Farrell_ThomasFBLOOMFIELD – Father Thomas F. Farrell, age 94, of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence in Bloomfield, died on Jan. 11, 2011, at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford.

A son of the late Joseph F. and Mary (Gorman) Farrell, he was born on July 2, 1916, in Waterbury. He graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury, attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and studied at Basselin College and the Theological College of The Catholic University in Washington, from which he received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in philosophy and a licentiate in theology.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1943, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Bishop, later Archbishop, Henry J. O’Brien.

His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Norwich. He then taught for 20 years at St. Thomas Seminary, where he headed the history department. During those years, he also was assistant pastor at St. Bridget Parish in Cheshire. He became Pastor of St. Augustine Parish in South Glastonbury in 1965 and, in 1968, Pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Windsor Locks, from which he retired in 2007.

In 1966, he was appointed area chairman for ecumenical activities for the East Hartford-Glastonbury-South Glastonbury area. He also served two terms with the archdiocesan Senate of Priests (later the Presbyteral Council), including as chairman of personnel in 1975. He also served on the priests’ retirement board.

Father Farrell was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Jr. of Middlebury and James B. of Waterbury; and a sister, Bernadette Farrell. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and a cousin.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Jan. 14 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Msgr. Gerard G. Schmitz, vicar for priests, delivered the homily.

Burial followed at New St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Windsor Locks Social Services Department, Attn: Janet Lieper, 50 Church St., Windsor Locks, CT 06096.