Fr. Thomas L. Burns, SCJ, 79 of Pinellas Park, Florida passed into eternal life Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Thomas L., Jr. and Dorothy Ann (Dugan) Burns; his sisters, Joan Ann and Dorothy; his brothers, John and Neil. He is survived by sisters, Carol Ann (Eick) and Marie Ann (Mitchell) and brother, Joseph.
Fr. Burns, SCJ, professed first vows as a member of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJs) 60 years ago on September 8, 1958. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 28, 1965. After serving parish’s across this country; from California to Massachusetts to Mississippi, Fr. Tom retired eleven years ago and has been in residence with his fellow SCJs at the Sacred Heart Residence in Pinellas Park.
Fr. Burns Funeral Mass will be on Saturday June 30th at 9:30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with Interment to follow.