Thomas Kennedy Obituary (1953 – 2022) – Arlington, TX
July 24, 1953 – February 28, 2022
Arlington, Texas – Father Thomas J. Kennedy, 68, died February 28, 2022.
A 6 p.m. visitation and 7 p.m. rosary are scheduled for Monday, March 7 at St. Joseph’s Church, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd. in Arlington. Bishop Michael Olson will celebrate a Christian burial mass on Tuesday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens.
Born to Margaret and Thomas J. Kennedy Jr. in Garland, he grew up in Arlington where he attended St. Maria Goretti Catholic School and later Nolan Catholic High School. Before discerning a vocation to the priesthood later in life, the skilled mechanic traveled to Alaska, Africa and other parts of the world to work on oil rigs. His wide range of experiences makes him an engaging conversationalist.
After completing his studies at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Kevin Vann on July 7, 2007, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Michael’s Parish in Bedford, followed by parish administrator and then pastor of Holy Angels Parish in rural Clifton and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Morgan.
Parish Vicar at St. Joseph in Arlington since 2018, Fr. Kennedy was always accessible and available to parishioners.
A member of the Knights of Columbus since age 18, Fr. Kennedy was a dedicated 4th degree Knight and served as the organization’s chaplain wherever he was assigned. He was also Mary’s loyal brother, Queen of Peace Assembly #2112.
After serving rural parishes, returning to Arlington allowed Fr. Kennedy to spend more time with his late mother and reconnect with other family members. His desire to help others as a priest is something Fr. Kennedy has shared with his family throughout his life.
Prof. Kennedy is survived by her sisters, Anne Showers and Kate Nephew, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Published by Star-Telegram on March 6, 2022.