On Tuesday, March 16, at Mission Terrace Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara, our beloved brother Thomas Schultz, OHC entered peacefully into the joy and rest of the Lord. He was 87 years old and in the 57th year of his Life Profession.
Tom was a faithful priest for 62 years, and many will remember him as a gifted spiritual director and pastor, a vocation which he actively continued during his extended residency at Mission Terrace. He helped to form more than one person for the ordained ministry. While at Incarnation Priory in Berkeley he was confessor and counsellor at CDSP, and was awarded an honorary doctorate for his ministry there. He cherished the Order’s Benedictine tradition and died with a medal of St. Benedict around his neck. Tom had a special devotion to the rosary. Over the years, he made and either sold or gave away countless numbers of his hand made rosaries. At one point he produced a little book on the use of the rosary for Episcopalians. It is still in print. Tom had varied interests, ranging from icons and the study of Orthodox spirituality, to Buddhism, to the various wild animals that populated the monastery property and was almost always ready with an explanation to a query about some detail of the monastery’s life.
In West Missouri, Br. Tom will be remembered for his ministry as chaplain and spiritual director at many clergy retreats.
We give thanks for all who visited at Tom’s window in Mission Terrace, who sent him cards and called him. He so valued your kindness and that of the Mission Terrace staff where he was very popular with everyone. Please pray for Tom, his family and the many who mourn him. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory!