Thomas M. Mahoney, O.S.A.

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1917 – 2003 (January 5)

Thomas Martin Mahoney, son of Andrew V. Mahoney and Helen Quill, was born in Washington, DC, on December 11, 1917. He attended Linton Hall in Bristown, Va., and St. Joseph School and St. Joseph High School, both in Washington, DC. In 1939, he graduated from Villanova College with a B.S. degree in Biology. He became a postulant at Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, N.Y., in February, 1940, and entered the novitiate at New Hamburg, N.Y. in September of that year. After professing simple vows on September 10, 1941, he began theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. He made his solemn profession on September 10, 1944, and was ordained to the priesthood at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., on May 22, 1945.

On June 27, 1946, Father Mahoney was assigned as professor at Colegio San Agustin, Havana, Cuba. In 1951, he was appointed community treasurer and teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C. In 1954, while stationed at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., he was a member of the Province Mission Band. From 1955 to 1957 Father served as associate pastor at Saint Denis Parish, Havertown, Pa., and in 1957, became associate at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Bronx, N.Y.

In the fall of 1958, Father Mahoney was assigned as a teacher at Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill, Pa. The following year he obtained his MA from Villanova University and in 1962, he was named principal at Msgr. Bonner when the school’s enrollment was over 3300 students. In 1965, while serving as principal and teacher, Father was also a counselor for the province and continued that role until 1968. From 1967 to 1979, he was Vice President of Financial Affairs at Villanova University. From 1979 to 1993, he was assigned as teacher and treasurer at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, Ca. On March 15, 1993, he returned to Msgr. Bonner High School in retirement.

In 2000, due to failing health, he became a member of Saint Thomas Monastery Health Care Facility, Villanova. On Sunday, January 5, 2003, he died, preceding his brother Andrew’s death by two hours. Father Mahoney spent many years of his ministerial life in the educational apostolate of our province and of the Province of Saint Augustine, California. His Funeral Liturgy was celebrated at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, Pa., on Monday, January 13, 2003. He was buried in the Augustinian Plot at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.