Father Fitzpatrick, SJ; a native of Rochester - Catholic Courier

Father Fitzpatrick, SJ; a native of Rochester

Jesuit Father Thomas Fitzpatrick, 74, died Aug. 27, 2005, in New York City.

A native of Rochester, he graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1948, the same year he entered the Jesuit order. He studied at Maryland’s Woodstock College and in the Philippines — where he also taught — before being ordained in 1961. He took his final vows in 1964.

Father Fitzpatrick earned a master’s degree in business administration at Columbia University in 1965 then returned to the Philippines.

In 1981 he spent a sabbatical year in the U.S. and served briefly at Avon’s St. Agnes Parish. In 1982 he worked with Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia and as a consultant to the United Nations. In 1986 he served as director of emergency services for Caritas Internationalis in Rome.

In 1990 he became director of the Xavier Society for the Blind in New York City and a consultant with Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome. He moved to Kenya in 1995, where he served as Jesuit Refugee Services’ program director for that part of the world and provided emergency humanitarian help for Rwandan refugees.

He returned to Manila in 1999 and became treasurer and assistant director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute. He remained there until October 2004, when he returned to the United States to seek medical treatment in New York City.

He is survived by his sisters, Pat Fitzpatrick and Gerry Ammering, and his brother, Mike. A memorial Mass was held at McQuaid Jesuit High School Oct. 1, which would have been his 75th birthday.

Memorial contributions may be made to East Asian Pastoral Institute in care of Jesuit Development Office, 39 E. 83rd St., New York, NY 10028 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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