Sunday, May 19, 2019
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | An anniversary celebration for St. Coleman Parish turned into a celebration of life May 19 as parishioners remembered their much loved, longtime pastor, Father Thomas Foudy.
Father Foudy died unexpectedly around 3 a.m. Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. His death coincided with the 60th anniversary of the parish he led for 26 years. Father Michael Garcia, the parish’s current administrator, made the announcement at the Mass that preceded a celebratory parish picnic.
Father Foudy was 77 and had been a priest for nearly 52 years. A vigil has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a Mass Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m., both at St. Coleman. The church is located at 1200 South Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.
Born Sept. 19, 1941, in Inagh, County Clare, Ireland, Father Foudy was ordained June 10, 1967, in Thurles, Ireland. He came to South Florida that same year and served as parochial vicar at St. Timothy, Miami (1967-69), St. Margaret, Clewiston (1969-70); and St. Anthony, Fort Lauderdale (1970-71). He studied in Rome from 1971 to 1974 and upon returning joined the faculty at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, teaching dogmatic theology. He was named pastor of St. Coleman in 1989, and remained there until his retirement from fulltime ministry in June 2015.
For more details on Father Foudy’s life and ministry, see Florida Catholic freelancer Linda Reeves’ story on the May 19 celebration at the parish.
This article has been corrected to note that Father Foudy taught dogmatic, not moral, theology at the major seminary.