|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2005|
The Order of Carmelites of The Most Pure Heart of Mary Province mourn the loss of the Rev. Thomas Schaefer, O.Carm., who died on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 in Venice, Florida where he had been living in retirement.
Father Schaefer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Jan 16, 1922, the youngest of three Schaefer children, to the late Ferdinand and late Genevieve (Dolan) Schaefer. Thomas was predeceased in death by his brother, Ferdinand Jr., and his sister, Margaret.
The Rev. Simon Kenny, O.Carm., was the homilist.
Born in Grand Rapids, Thomas, attended St. Stephen grade school there until his family moved to Chicago where he completed his grade school at St. Viator's and St. Francis De Paula school before enrolling at Mt. Carmel High School on the city's Southside.In his priestly life, Fr. Schaefer spent a great amount of time in counseling, especially of alcoholics. He received a certificate as a psychotherapy counselor from the Alfred Adler Institute in New York. While in New York, Fr. Thomas uncovered his gift of painting. He continued to paint in some shape or form until his death. Fr. Thomas had other hobbies as well. He enjoyed whittling, and other arts and crafts, putting clocks together from kits, etc. He also received a certificate as an alcoholic counselor from the South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, Long Island, N.Y. and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also received accreditation from the American Examining Board of Psychoanalysis in 1981 which permitted Fr. Thomas to work as a Licensed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Fr. Schaefer also did graduate work in Education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In his first years as an ordained priest, Fr. Thomas (Ferdinand) Schaefer, O.Carm. served in Chicago at St. Cyril's then St. Clara's parish and school with a short time between at St. Joe's parish in Leavenworth, Kansas. While in Leavenworth, Fr. Thomas worked in prison ministry with women who were confined there.
In his later years Fr. Schaefer moved to Massachusetts where he served as the Director and Prior of Our Lady of the Scapular Priory and was director of the Chapel of St. Therese at the North Shore Shopping Mall in Peabody. Fr. Thomas was proud of his work as director of the Carmelite Chapels in both malls in NJ and MA. Fr. Thomas Schaefer retired from active ministry after his term at Peabody and retired first to Niagara Falls, but moved to Venice, after one year.
Note: Member of the Order of Carmelites, Mens Branch
Venice Memorial Gardens
Plot: Garden of Prophecy Plot #82A
Created by: Roanho
Record added: Mar 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66370861
Rest In Peace, Father Thomas!|
Added: Jun. 6, 2012