A funeral Mass for Brother Thomas Wright, CSSR, was to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the St. Clement Redemptorist Mission Community in Liguori. Brother Tom died April 25 in Whittier, California, while in the initial stages of treatment for pancreatic cancer. He was 75 years old.
Thomas Fredrick Wright was born on April 5, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Michael School. As a young man, he worked as an assistant to Brother Columban at the parish and was inspired to enter the Redemptorist Brothers School at Pine City. His attention to detail paid off when he was assigned to assist in the kitchen. He became an accomplished cook, much to the delight of his confreres.
After making his first profession of vows on Aug. 2, 1966, he served as assistant to the registrar at Immaculate Conception College in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and then at Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wisconsin. He professed perpetual vows on March 15, 1971, and began a lengthy ministry in the financial arena.
Brother Tom served as a financial administrator at St. Joseph’s Preparatory College in Edgerton, Wisconsin, from 1972-77 and then was assigned to a similar position at St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago for two years. After a brief stint as director of food services at Mount St. Alphonsus Theologate in Esopus, New York, in 1980, he returned to Holy Redeemer College as director of financial aid and vice president of plant operations, positions he held until 1984. Recognized for his financial acumen, Brother Tom was appointed treasurer of Liguori Publications at Liguori Mission House in Liguori, a position he held from 1984-95.
He supervised construction of St. Clement’s Health Care Center in 1987. Upon completion of the new facility, he assisted with the transfer of elderly, infirm confreres from Oconomowoc.
Brother Tom was appointed assistant treasurer of the former St. Louis Province in Glenview, Illinois, in 1995. When the Denver Province was formed in 1996, he relocated to Denver, where he was named administrator of the local community.
He was appointed treasurer of the Denver Province in 2002, a position he retained until 2007. Brother Tom served briefly as administrator of health services at St. Clement’s before returning to Denver as assistant treasurer in 2008. He joined the staff of St. Alphonsus Parish in New Orleans in 2011. Four years later, he joined the Evangelization Community at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Whittier, where he served as business manager until September 2021.