Father Thaddeus Posey

Father Thaddeus Posey

Please remember in your prayers Father Thaddeus Posey, O.F.M., Cap., who died Aug. 7. He was a faculty member in the St. Thomas Theology Department from 1993-2007.

Posey suffered with cancer for many years and was living in Victoria, Kan. at the Cathedral of the Plains, St. Fidelis. He was a chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1997-2007 and was nationally known for his work developing and organizing others to work on Black Catholic spirituality and theology.

A memorial mass was held Aug. 12 in Victoria, Kan. Funeral and internment will be in Wheatridge, Colo. Aug. 13.  Read the obituary. Cards can be sent to The Capuchin Franciscan Friar of the Province of Mid-America, 3613 Wyandot St., Denver, Colo.  80211-2950.



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3 Responses

  1. Michael Hollerich

    We were all fond of Thaddeus. As a fellow church historian, I always appreciated the font of information at his disposal on the history of black Catholics in the U.S., an important but poorly known chapter in the history of American Catholicism, especially in areas like Louisiana and Baltimore-Washington. I used to tease him that he was a member of not one, not two, but three pre-modern hierarchical institutions: the university; the Catholic clergy; and the military (he was a military chaplain).

  2. Mike Klein

    I share Barbara’s impression of a kind, gentle man with deep commitments to his faith and appreciation for students, faculty, and staff at St. Thomas. Fr. Posey had a way of being very present in conversations, however informal or brief, conveying a respect for relationship and community.

  3. Barbara Gorski

    Father Thaddeus began his work at UST the same year I joined UST as a full-time faculty member. I remember talking with him when he had to “find a partner” for an activity during our faculty orientation. I was immediately taken by his gentle, yet direct style. I can’t say whether or not he remembered me after that day; but, he certainly made an impression on me…I always felt a reconnection to my initial days at St Thomas whenever I saw him on campus and that always made me happy.