Father Tom Sheridan, 82, who ministered to Wyoming Catholics for 48 years, died Feb. 15, 2021 at Central Wyoming Hospice.
Ordained on June 7, 1964, at St. Kieran’s Seminary, Killarney, Ireland. He served as Associate Pastor at the Holy Spirit Catholic Community for 5 years from 1996 until 2001. He then served as Parochial Administrator at the Immaculate Conception Church for 9 months until his appointment as Pastor in July 2002 where he served until his retirement on July 1, 2012.
He considered himself the last of the Irish connection, priests born in County Cavan, Ireland, and ordained in Ireland but who spent their lives ministering in the Diocese of Cheyenne. When he first arrived in Rawlins in 1964, almost half the priests serving in Wyoming were FBI, “Foreign Born Irish.”
In retirement, he wrote a book, “Moments in Ministry.” He enjoyed fishing, golf and sports, especially football, and travel.
Survivors include siblings and their spouses, Julia (Seamus) Laheen, Margaret (Jack) Casey, Eamon (Anne) Sheridan, Charlie (Maura) Sheridan, Paddy (Patricia) Sheridan, and Gerry (Kathleen) Sheridan, as well as sister-in-law Angela Sheridan and brother-in-law John Haughey and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anne Sheehan and her husband, John, sister, Christina Haughey and brothers, Sean Sheridan and Seamus Sheridan.
At Father Tom’s, request memorials may be made to: St. Joseph’s Society for retired priests for the Diocese of Cheyenne, Diocese of Cheyenne Vocations Office, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Casper, Wyoming, 82609.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish Center, 624 Bridger Avenue, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Another memorial mass will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 900 Hitching Post Drive, Green River, Wyoming. Masks and social distancing will be required. Inurnment will be in the Sheridan Family Plot, St. Phelim’s Catholic Church, Ballinagh, Cavan, Republic of Ireland.