Father Thomas P. Golden, M.M.


Father Thomas P. Golden, M.M., a New Yorker who served for more than three decades as a missioner to Chile, died June 2 at St. Teresa's Residence in Ossining. He was 86. Ordained to the priesthood for Maryknoll in 1951 after study at Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, he was assigned to Chile where he served for the next 22 years, all except one in the rural parish in Pemuco, Nuble. In 1973, he returned to the United States to do mission education and promotion work as director of the Maryknoll Center in Cleveland. He then transferred to the Maryknoll Center in New York City and, in 1985, he was appointed director of the center in Los Angeles. He returned to Chile in 1990 and continued his mission work in Santiago until he retired in 2002. Returning to the Maryknoll Center in Ossining, he assisted at St. Francis parish in Mount Kisco, working with Spanish-speaking parishioners. Born in New York City, he graduated from Regis High School in 1939. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and then served in the U.S. Air Corps as a weather specialist in the Caribbean region. He entered Maryknoll in 1946. He is survived by his sisters, Rosemary Cummins; Sister Mary-Rose Golden, R.D.C., of Good Counsel Convent in White Plains; and Sister Anne T. Golden, S.C., of Mary the Queen Convent in Yonkers. A Funeral Mass will be offered in Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll Society Center in Ossining on Thursday, June 7, at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Maryknoll Cemetery.



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