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Msgr. Holoman Dies at 83

(SNR) - Monsignor Thomas Holoman, 83, a retired priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, died March 19 in Greensburg, Penn. Msgr. Holoman had been in failing health in recent months.

Msgr. Holoman held a number of positions in the diocese in his 56 years as a priest.

Born Jan. 1, 1928 in Calumet, Penn., Msgr. Holoman attended Catholic schools in Norvelt, Penn. He continued his education at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Penn. where he also played collegiate football. After graduating from St. Vincent’s College with a B.A. in philosophy, he continued with his theological studies at Conception Abbey Seminary in Conception, Mo. He was ordained a priest June 4, 1955 in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Penn. by Bishop Hugh Lamb for the Diocese of Lincoln.

Father Holoman was first assigned to St. Andrew Church in Tecumseh for the summer of 1955 and that September he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Michael Church in Hastings, where in addition to his priestly assignments, he taught third and fourth grade full-time at St. Michael School.

In 1959, he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church in York. In October 1960 he was given his first pastorate at St. James Church in Curtis with missions at St. William in Wellfleet and St. Joseph in Farnam.

In 1962 he was assigned to the faculty of Pius X High School in Lincoln. While assigned to Pius X, he was appointed administrator of St. Michael Church in Cheney. In 1962 he was named chaplain of the Veteran’s Hospital, a position he held more than 35 years.

In 1966 Father Holoman was assigned pastor of St. Wenceslaus Church in Bee and to the faculty of Aquinas High School in David City.

Bishop Flavin appointed Father Holoman pastor of St. John Church in Lincoln in 1969 where he served until he was appointed as the founding pastor of St. Joseph Church and School in Lincoln in 1976. That same year he was appointed the director of pro-life activities for the diocese. In addition to his other assignments, he was also named director of diocesan cemeteries, director of Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln, administrator of Holy Trinity Church in Brainard and St. Luke Church in Loma. In 1984, Father Holoman was also appointed director of Catholic Social Services and the following year was appointed a diocesan consultor.

In 1991 Pope John Paul II invested Father Holoman as an "Honorary Prelate of His Holiness" with the title of Reverend Monsignor. In 1995 Msgr. Holoman was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church in Denton while continuing with his other diocesan assignments, as well as co-chaplain of St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln.

In August 2003 Msgr. Holoman retired from active ministry, continuing as diocesan pro-life director with residence at St. James Church in Mead as senior priest in residence.

In June 2005 Monsignor celebrated his golden jubilee as a priest and moved to Greensburg, Penn., to be with his sisters Mary and Betty. After serving for 50 years in the Diocese of Lincoln, Msgr. Holoman was able to serve the people of his home parish of St. Florian in United, Penn., and the people of the Greensburg Diocese.

An imposing figure, Msgr. Holoman had a singular sense of humor that endeared him to many who met him. He was a faithful priest for more than 56 years. He was devoted to the Holy Mass, the Eucharist, and the Holy Rosary.

Msgr. Holoman is survived by brothers John (Josephine) Holoman of New Castle, Penn.; William of Calumet, Penn.; sisters Ann (John) Quinn of Warwick, R.I., Betty Holoman of Greensburg, seven nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 40th and A streets, Lincoln, followed by visitation at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 7900 Trendwood Dr., Lincoln, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. March 26 at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. Burial will be in St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger, Penn. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lincoln.

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