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Limerick Mourns the Passing of Reverend Thomas Head, S.J.

In the heart of Limerick, the community is in mourning following the death of the Reverend Thomas Head, S.J., a distinguished figure within both the city and the Society of Jesus. Father Head passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Limerick on Thursday, at the age of 74, marking the end of a life dedicated to religious service and the betterment of his hometown.

Born in Limerick, Father Head’s journey into the priesthood took a notable path. Initially part of the secular clergy, he made a significant transition by entering the Society of Jesus in 1879. This decision set him on a course of devout service and ministry, much of which was joyously spent in his native Limerick.

Throughout his life, Father Head was renowned for his zealous ministry. He embodied the principles of the Jesuit order, dedicating himself to education, spirituality, and community service. His tenure as Rector of the Sacred Heart Church, Crescent, Limerick, is remembered fondly by parishioners and colleagues alike. Under his guidance, the church flourished as a centre of spiritual life and community.

Father Head’s contributions extended beyond the church walls to the realm of education. He played a pivotal role at Mungret College, Limerick, where, years before his death, he held the esteemed position of Rector. His leadership and vision were instrumental in shaping the college into a premier institution for Jesuit education. At the time of his passing, he was still actively involved in the college’s affairs, contributing to its legacy of excellence.

The loss of Father Head is deeply felt across Limerick, not only within the circles of the Society of Jesus but also among the countless lives he touched. His legacy is one of unwavering faith, dedication to education, and a profound love for his community. As Limerick reflects on his contributions, Father Head’s memory is cherished as a beacon of Jesuit values and local pride.

The city now bids farewell to one of its most beloved sons, remembering him not just for his roles and titles, but for his compassionate heart and enduring commitment to the people of Limerick. His passing marks the end of an era but also serves as a reminder of the lasting impact one individual can have on their community and beyond.

Father Head’s funeral arrangements are expected to reflect his significant contributions to the city and the Society of Jesus, with the community coming together to honour his life and legacy. As Limerick mourns, it also celebrates the life of a man who dedicated himself wholly to the service of others, leaving behind a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

In remembering Reverend Thomas Head, S.J., Limerick not only commemorates a man of faith but also a figure whose life’s work has indelibly shaped the spiritual and educational landscape of the city. His passing is a profound loss, but his life continues to be a guiding light for all who knew him and were influenced by his ministry and teachings.

Irish Independent – Saturday 24 June 1916

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