Msgr Tom Power R.I.P.

29 June 2012

Msgr Tom Power, the much loved parish priest of St. Peter's Parish in Beckenham has passed away on the morning of 28th June, aged 92 after a very short period of illness

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 Msgr Tom Power in the St Peter's Church, Beckenham at the time of his 90th birthday

Msgr Tom (or Fr Tom as he was most known by) was the oldest parish priest in New Zealand.  He was ordained in 1953 and was parish priest of St Peter's for the past 25 years. One of the notable attributes of Fr Tom was that he was up to date with technology, emailing his homily to those on his email circulation list on a weekly basis.

At the time of his 90th birthday celebrations, Fr Tom said he decided to become a priest to help, bring Christ to people and devote himself to alife of service after working as an accountant.

His homilies were insightful, contemporary, thought provoking and incredibly human.

Fr Tom began the Clergy Trust Fund in its current structure under the reign of Bishop Brian Ashby and administered it up until recent years. 

He was the instigator for the recapitation of St Peter's Primary School, which was achieved two years ago and is proving to be a hugely successful initiative for the school.

The Diocese and Parish of St Peter's extend their sympathies to his family.