TO THE LATE HOLY GHOST
FATHER THOMAS JOSEPH BARRON
- - Celebration of
Life: "Tell the Archbishop to take care of the Diocese."
are the some of the last words that Fr. Barron uttered before
was speaking to Fr. Joachim Minja when he asked to be anointed
while on his bed at the Nyumba ya Wazee, Tudor.
Minja shared to the congregation about Fr. Barron's last
conversation on earth, during his burial on 1st August, 2008.
Fr. Yaa that he is a good boy, and tell the Archbishop to take
care of the diocese.
the people of Mombasa for allowing me to stay here."
after sharing thus to Fr. Minja, Fr. Barron passed on, while
receiving Holy Communion and anointing.
- - Fr.
Thomas Joseph Barron.
Thomas Barron, 77 years old, was born on 14th November 1931 at
professed his vows on 8th September 1952 and thus joined the
congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers. He was ordained 10th July,
1960 (48 years ordained).
arrived in the Diocese of Mombasa in 1962, and worked in the Diocesan
Administration as a Procurator and as Secretary to the then Bishop,
1973-1988, he was the Vicar General of the Diocese and took care of
worked at Shanzu Parish where he built the church, convent and Fathers
house in 1979. In 1984 he was at the Holy Ghost Cathedral and in 1989
he was at Mikindani.
responsible for the New Diocesan Secretariat, Shanzu Parish and
homily, Fr. Sean Mc-Govern, the Superior of the Spiritans spoke of his
confrere, Thomas, as a brave, courageous and patient man, even when he
took ill. He added that Fr. Barron surely fought a brave fight and
finished the race.
Cathedral was packed to capacity, with parishioners coming to pay
their last respects to Fr. Barron.
the Mass, there was a procession heading to the grave site, priests,
sisters, religious and laity following suit despite heavy rains.
Thomas Barron, in his old age, went to stay at the Nyumba ya Wazee,
Tudor, which is managed by the Little Sisters of the Poor. He passed
away on 25th July, 2008.
the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.
Kanaka, Editor 'Habari Yetu', Lwanga, Mombasa.