On the Fourth Anniversary of His Death

I offer this inadequate memorial to the great Fr. Tom Kraft, OP, who did the most heroic thing I have ever witnessed.

God rest his soul. Fr. Tom, pray for us and we will pray for you.

Father, remember your servant and son, Fr. Tom Kraft, who joined his sacrifice to Jesus by your grace and was a gift of grace to us, your children. Give him eternal life through your Son, Jesus Christ. Mother Mary, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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  • antigon

    A moving tribute Mr. Shea – to God, & to His priest.

  • Bill H

    I need to dig out some of the pictures that I took of Fr. Tom celebrating mass at the Dominican parish in Mexicali in the Spring of 2002. They were actually among the last that I ever took with a film camera before going digital.

    Great guy. Humble servant of God. He will be missed.

  • I am reminded of the last days of Pope John Paul the Great. “When I am raised from earth, I shall draw all to myself”. That prolonged agony, and his struggle to continue with his duties to the last, were part of the reason why five million people came to Rome for his funeral and half the world watched it on TV. Pope John Paul was the greatest missionary in centuries – wherever he went, Catholics seemed to spring out of the ground like the warriors in the ancient Greek legend; but nothing he did did more for the Church than the way he left this life. This priest was of the same cloth, and may them both live with God.

    • Michaelus

      My thoughts exactly Fabio.

  • Justin West

    Your account of the mass from your old blog brought tears to my eyes (and I’m NOT a softie!)

  • Debbie Lands

    I cried again after reading this and then said thank you. Apparently Fr. Tom was the one who pushed for our the Third Order chapter to be formed. So many of us are experiencing profound life changes as a result. I wept when he died but today I know he is smiling.

  • Lals

    Mmmm, thanks for this. I was thinking about Father Tom all day! Miss him so much, but I know he’s still with us. xo