Rev. Thomas A. Morrison, O.P., 85, passed away on April 1, 2014 at Resurrection Life Center, Chicago, Illinois. Fr. Morrison was born on July 1, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas L. and Virginia A. (Nangle) Morrison, and his sister Kathleen J. Morrison.
Fr. Morrison attended St. Philip Neri Grammar School and Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago. He graduated with a B.A. Degree in History & Political Science in 1948 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In June 1948 he entered the Dominican Order, Province of St. Albert the Great, River Forest, Illinois. He professed his religious vows in 1949. Fr. Morrison received a Master of Theology degree in 1960 from Xavier Institute of Theology in Chicago. During that time, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1955 at St. Rose of Lima Priory in Dubuque, Iowa.
Fr. Morrison spent the majority of his life teaching Philosophy and Theology. From 1956 – 1968, he taught at DePaul University in Chicago, University of Albuquerque, Dominican College in Racine, WI, and the University of Dallas in Irving, TX. He later served at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest until 1972 as Associate Pastor.
In the latter part of Fr. Morrison’s career, he was Chaplain at the Texas Medical Center (Ben Taub County Hospital and Methodist Hospital) in Houston, Texas and Resident Theologian at Apostolate of Family Consecration in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He then returned to Chicago as a part-time Philosophy lecturer at Loyola University and Chaplain at Cuneo Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Fr. Thomas spent the final 13 years of his life in limited service at St. Pius V Priory in Chicago, where he died peacefully on April 1, 2014.
Besides his Dominican Community, he is survived by his sister Patricia A. Rooney, Tacoma, Washington, three nephews and one niece.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 9:00AM there will be a service of Sung Morning Prayer. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, Illinois. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Memorial Donations to the Dominicans, Society for Vocational Support, 1910 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60608. Info: 773-736-3833.
Published in Chicago Tribune from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2014