Fr. Thomas J. Singer, OMI

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Fr. Thomas J. Singer, OMI, 89, died Monday, September 6, 2021, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. As a priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a worldwide religious community, for 64 years he served in many important positions in the Diocese of Belleville and in worldwide assignments. He served as the director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows from 1975 to 1981.

Fr. Singer is preceded in death by his parents, James Walter and Florence, nee McGee, Singer; his sister, Mary Jean Hemann; and a brother, James W. “Bud” Singer.

He is survived by his brother Oblates and his nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 10, at 9:30 am, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The ceremony will be livestreamed from the Shrine’s website, Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at 200 N. 60th St., Belleville, IL 62223.


5 Comments on Fr. Thomas J. Singer, OMI

Kathleen McGraw said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 5:49 PM

I met Father Tom when I was 14. He'd come over to our house for dinner with Father Covert, OMI, a dear friend of my father's. We stayed in touch over the years. I live in New York, and when St. Patrick's Cathedral reopened in 2019, I ran into Cardinal Dolan. I said, "there's someone I know who would want me to say hello to you — Tom Singer." His face lit up. "Tom, Oblate of Mary Immaculate! Where is he?" I told him that he was retired in Belleville. Cardinal Dolan exclaimed, "retired! I thought he was my age — and I'm 70." I told him I'd known him since I was a kid. Then he warmly said, "please send him my love," quickly adding, "and gratitude." And he meant it! I'm grateful for Father Tom's magnanimous personality and all the wisdom he imparted to me over the years. My siblings are going to miss him too. Kathleen

  • New York
  • NY
Mary Munie said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2021 at 11:18 PM

We will miss Father Tom and his wonderful personality, making each of us who worked for him at the Shrine Of Our Lady of the Snows, feel important. He had a wonderful personality and he was a very kind, and gracious.

  • New Baden IL
  • Illinois
J. Michael Parker said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2021 at 8:48 PM

Dear Loved Ones of Fr. Tom Singer I’m saddened to learn of Fr. Tom’s passing. Many people knew him much better than I, but I liked and admired him. I am a journalist who wrote for 12 years at Oblate School of Theology. He arrived one day and invited me to at- tend an event sponsored by the Oblate Missionary Project. I thought he was asking for me to write about it; he said his intention was to invite me to come and see what I thought of it, and if I wanted to write about it, that would be fine, but no obligation. I thoroughly en- joyed the event, and I did write some- thing, not on the event per se, but on a spiritual movement that is dynamic and works to build unity and break down barriers. I always enjoyed his visits and thought of him as a great asset to the OMIs . I will miss him and will unite with you in prayers as you mourn his death and as you celebrate his life. May he Rest In Peace. J. Michael Parker 1902 Margate St. San Antonio, TX 78232

  • San Antonio
  • Texas. 78232
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2021 at 10:45 PM

Fr.Tom was such a terrific person and was always smiling 😊 when we saw him. He was very gracious and kind to my family and me. Rest in peace Fr. Tom. You will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary and John Moon said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2021 at 4:19 PM

Fr. Tom has been such a gift in our life. His amazing wit and sensitive manner to all will always be remembered. He walked the walk and did his "job" with the utmost grace. We will miss him!

  • Aurora
  • Il

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