Former St. Jude Assistant Pastor
The Rev. Thomas D. McLaughlin died June 13, 2017 at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.
The Rev. McLaughlin, son of the late Thomas Gerard and Jean Marie Brannan McLaughlin, was born in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 6, 1950. He received his early education at Gate of Heaven Catholic School, Dallas, and St. Matthew’s, East Stroudsburg. He graduated from Pocono Central Catholic High School in 1968.
The Rev. graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1972 and entered St. Bonaventure University, where he received a master’s degree in 1976, and completed his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, Olean, N. Y. He was ordained on May 1, 1976, in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. J. Carroll McCormick, D. D., late bishop of Scranton.
The Rev. McLaughlin was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Gabriel’s, Hazleton; St. Jude’s, Mountain Top; and St. Luke’s, Stroudsburg. The Rev. was appointed pastor of St. Luke’s, Stroudsburg, on June 22, 1992, and remained there for 23 years until his appointment as pastor emeritus on May 11, 2015.
The Rev. McLaughlin also served the diocese as a member of the Priests Advisory Committee for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and then as moderator of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for three consecutive years from 1995 to 1997, as dean of the Monroe Country Deanery. He was a member of the Presbyteral Council; the Consultation Committee for the Removal of Pastors from Office; and chairman of the Diocesan Communications Commission and the Diocesan Finance Council. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Norte Dame Regional School System and the Strategic Planning Task Force for Catholic Education. He was appointed to the Administrative Board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and served from 2004 to 2009.
The Rev. McLaughlin was also honored by the Notre Dame Club of the Poconos, described as a driving force in the church and community for his work.
He was one of the initial founders of the Pocono Area Transitional Housing Project and the establishment of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Monroe County. He established the annual Thousandaire dinner to raise money to fund the church’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner which was open to anyone regardless of religion, and he served on the Board of Meals on Wheels and was involved with the Clergy Division of the Annual United Way Campaign.
The Rev. McLaughlin also encouraged his parishioners to get involved in building three buildings in South America as part of the Food for the Poor Program.
In his own parish he created the weekly soup kitchen and was the driving force behind the construction of the Father Barrett Center, which houses the St. Luke’s Day Care Center, created to assist working parents in the community.
He also oversaw the renovation of St. Luke’s Church during his tenure.
The Rev. McLaughlin was devoted to his family, friends and community, and deeply loved by all.
He was an avid traveler and was able to reach his goal of celebrating Mass on all seven continents.
He is survived by a brother, James and his wife, Rebecca, Moscow; three sisters, Jeanne, Washington, D. C.; Ann and husband, Robert Dodelin, North Potomac, Md.; and Mary Ellen and husband, William Harkins, Morgantown, N. C.; and several nieces, nephews and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Francis McLaughlin. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D. D., J. C. L., Bishop of Scranton.
Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre. Memorial donations may be made Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St.,Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Marie C. Callahan, 47, Mountain Top, died June 12, 2017.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Donald J. and Winifred
A. Coulter Callahan and was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, Wilkes-Barre. She earned her Associates Degree from Luzerne County Community College, was previously employed by White Haven Center and enjoyed camping.
Marie is survived, in addition to her parents, by brother, Michael J. Callahan of Bellbrook, OH; David
J. Callahan and his wife, Michelle, Bethlehem; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral service were conducted from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top.