Thomas Morrison was born on July 1, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Loras College in 1948, joined the Dominican Order in 1949, and received a Master of Theology degree in 1960 from Xavier Institute of Theology (Chicago). During that time, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1955 at St. Rose of Lima Priory in Dubuque, Iowa.
Father Thomas spent the majority of his religious life teaching. From 1956-68, he taught Philosophy and Theology at De Paul University, the University of Albuquerque, Dominican College (Racine, WI), and the University of Dallas (Irving, TX), before serving St. Vincent Ferrer Church (River Forest) until 1972 as Associate Pastor.
In the latter part of Fr. Thomas’s career, he was Chaplain at the Texas Medical Center (Ben Taub County Hospital and Methodist Hospital) in Houston, Texas and Resident Theologian at Apostolate of Family Consecration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before returning to Chicago as a part-time Philosophy lecturer at Loyola University and Chaplain at Cuneo Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.
Fr. Thomas spent the final 13 years of his life in limited service at St. Pius V Priory in Chicago, where he died peacefully on April 1, 2014.
Fr. Thomas is survived by his sister Terence Rooney, nephew Tracy Rooney, and niece Tricia Rooney Budd.