Thomas Richard Heath O.P.
By T.K. Kraft, O.P.
Published by Province of St. Joseph,
2010, 156 pp.
For the past few years, I’ve always heard references regarding “Father Tom’s Kids.” I vaguely understood that this term referred to the students in our Kenyan Vicariate, that were looking for sponsors. But I never knew who Father Tom was. Consequently, I was happy to hear that a book had been written about Father Tom.
Thomas Richard Heath O.P. is an excellent little book. It is beautiful. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but this cover definitely attracts you. It is a full page, colored picture of a relaxing Father Tom. The pictures inside the book are numerous and artfully arranged, too. They are “eye candy.”
Luckily, Father Tom was a prolific writer. He kept journals, correspondence, wrote books, articles, and poems. There were plenty of materials, for the author, Father Kraft, to draw from. Fr. Kraft covers Father Tom’s life from childhood to his death. The account is quite personal as we see the world thru Father Tom’s lenses. As we readers progress through the pages of this book, we find ourselves automatically “liking” Father Tom. How could you not? He was inspirational, peaceful, amicable, generous…Read this one impression: page 113.
He was a very unique person of enormous love, generosity,
kind, joyful, compassionate, faithful to his religious commit-
ment, and a strong-willed mind…He was a very sincere
and honest person is his words and action, that you
could never cheat him... Sr. Marcella Auma, FSA