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In Loving Memory ~ Fr. Thomas Brioschi

Our days of watching and waiting with him are over. He has finished his journey and walked into the arms of God. Now we believe he will turn, look back and watch over us as we complete the journey. If we can borrow from Saint Paul's letter to the Philippians, we believe he would say to us, I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you...I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus…For Fr. Tom the day of Christ Jesus has come. It will come for us too. Before it does, we have a mission — it is inscribed on the rocks in our south garden — we are to bring the joy and hope of God to this part of the world. 

Thank you for your prayers — they meant so much to Fr. Tom. He has run a good race. We will miss this good and holy man. There were so many ways he showed his love for our parish. Besides his duties as a priest and pastor, he changed light bulbs, adjusted the heat and fussed over the Commons and worship environment. He was above no task and did many things to grow this parish. We now have two patrons watching over us. Thomas Becket and Thomas Brioschi — how blessed are we! We will miss this good and holy priest. May he rest in peace. Death is not something we get over, it is something we get through. Uphold each other in prayer. We will miss this good and holy man. 

In Christ's love, 
The Staff of Saint Thomas Becket 

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Fr. Thomas H. Brioschi was born October 17, 1958; Ordained to the Priesthood on May 31, 1986; and died December 28, 2007. Fr. Tom became the pastor of the Catholic Community at Saint Thomas Becket in July of 2003. 

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go to his parents, Harold and Mariann Brioschi, and to his sister and her husband, Debra and Dan Tacheny, and to his special nieces and nephews: Jennifer, Craig, Jessica, Jackie & Neal. 

Visitation was held at Saint Pascal Baylon Catholic Church, in St. Paul, on Sunday, December 30, 2007; Fr. Tom had been pastor there for 11 years before he came to Saint Thomas Becket. 

Visitation and the Mass of Resurrection were held here at Saint Thomas Becket on Monday, December 31, 2007, with Archbishop Harry Flynn officiating, along with Bishop Pates, and fellow priests. His close friend, Fr. John Estrem, was the homilist. Over 1200 family, friends, parishioners and brother priests were in attendance to celebrate his funeral liturgy.