Father Thomas Halkovic, C.S.C.

EASTON, Mass. — Father Thomas Halkovic, C.S.C., 73, longtime Stonehill Campus minister, died on Saturday, Sept. 9. 2017.

He was born July 1, 1944 in Bridgeport, Conn. to Joseph A. and Anna Vargo Halkovic. Father Halkovic was received into the Congregation of the Holy Cross on July 15, 1963, entered the Novitiate of the Eastern Province of Holy Cross Fathers and professed First Vows at North Dartmouth on July 16, 1964. He made his Final Profession of Vows on April 1, 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on April 3, 1971.

At the heart of Stonehill College’s pastoral outreach, Father Halkovic, who retired earlier this year, oversaw retreat and Sacramental programs for Campus Ministry. He was a polished homilist, who also organized and presided over many Liturgies and over the years he officiated at many alumni weddings both in the Chapel of Mary and at many off-campus locations.

An educator in the faith, Father Halkovic devoted his life to serving our community with compassion and a deep sense of Spirituality, and he always worked to make God known, loved and served. “He went about his ministry with understatement and integrity, and we will miss his presence, wisdom and friendship,” said Stonehill President, Father John Denning, C S.C.

Before he joined Campus Ministry in 1994, Father Halkovic served as residence hall director from 1989-1990 and then as the college’s Director of Student Activities from 1990 to 1994. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stonehill College, Father Halkovic held a master of theology degree from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate studies certificate in counseling from Fairfield University.

Prior to coming to Stonehill, Father Halkovic taught religion at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind. from 1970-1972 and at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, Conn. from 1972-1974. He was guidance counselor and teacher at Holy Cross High School, Danbury, Conn., from 1974-1978. He then worked at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn., as a guidance counselor from 1978 to 1982 and as a director of guidance from 1982 to 1989.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Joseph and Anna Halkovic. He is survived by a sister, Patricia Mensik (Bob) of St. Augustine, Fla.; a brother, Michael, of Bridgeport, Conn.; and a brother, Joseph, of Louisiana, along with several nieces and nephews.

 A funeral Mass was held at the Chapel of Mary at Stonehill College in Easton on September 19. Burial followed at the Holy Cross Community Cemetery at Stonehill College. Kane Funeral Home of Easton was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross via United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, 500 Washington Street, North Easton, Mass. 02356-1299, or online at donate.holycrossusa.org.

 

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