June 10, 1940 ~ September 15, 2018

Born in: Hortonville, Wisconsin,
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Monsignor Thomas Michael Adrians transitioned to fullness of life the evening of September 15, 2018. Msgr. Adrians was born June 10, 1940, in Hortonville, WI and was the beloved son of Ann E. Loerke RN and Dr. Wilbert Albert Adrians. The family moved to Appleton WI when Monsignor Tom was 3 years old. His sisters, Joan Zimmerman and Sister Susan Ann Adrians SSND and his brother-in-law Bill Zimmerman cherished him. He was a much-loved uncle of Michael Zimmerman, Sara Zimmerman and David Zimmerman along with his grand nieces Myra, Elaina, Emilia and grand nephew Aidan. His family was grateful for his generosity, guidance and support over the years. He was educated at Marquette University, St. Benedict’s College, Holy Cross Abbey, the University of Ottawa, Mount Angel Seminary and Loyola University. Msgr. Adrians was ordained in 1967 at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, CO by Bishop Charles Buswell for the Benedictine order. He was formed in the spirit of Vatican II and used his considerable gifts sharing that vision wherever he served. He loved being a priest. Although he had many gifts of administration and leadership, his heart was always with the people of God. He loved God’s word and spent many hours preparing his homilies. He was also involved with Adult Religious Formation in the parishes where he served.
His first appointment was to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder Colorado. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Pueblo in November of 1976 and served many parishes throughout the Diocese: St. Benedict — Florence, St. Mary – Montrose, St. Aloysius — Rye, Holy Family – Pueblo, and for a significant period of time, Christ the King – Pueblo. Msgr. Adrians also served the Diocese as the Director of Catholic Education, as a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, the Personnel Committee, the Diocesan Review Board, the Catholic Foundation, and as Vicar General. He served as spiritual guide of the Benedictine Oblates and was instrumental in their lives. In July of 2012 he was appointed Dean of the Pueblo North Deanery, he acted in this capacity until his retirement August 1, 2014. After retirement, Msgr. Adrians continued to assist the Diocese with Prison Ministry and the Mission Co-op program. He also celebrated Mass at local parishes when needed and at the Primrose Retirement Community. Msgr. celebrated his 50th Jubilee Anniversary as a priest in 2017. He has been called mentor, animator, friend, faithful servant, and family. His legacy lives on in all the people whose lives he touched.
Viewing, 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Vigil, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, and the Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Both services at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 414 W. 11th St. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery with a reception at Adrians’ Hall, Christ the King Parish, Pueblo, immediately after the interment. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. I worked with Father Tom, then Alcuin, at Holy Cross Abbey and developed a lifelong friendship. We had a lot of good times together over the years. He performed the marriage ceremony for my wife Stephanie and myself. He will surely be missed.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the family of Monsignor Tom. Many masses at Holy Family were lead by him. He was a joyful person, and our family could get a picture of what faith in God looked like. God bless you all, and we will see Monsignor Tom again.

  3. My most heartfelt condolences to the family of my dear friend and spiritual advisor, Monsignor Tom Adrians. You all knew him better than I that he loved to eat good food!!! I have known him for the past 18 years and when he went to San Frisco many moons ago, we were pen pals. Tom and I shared intellectual spiritual discourse many times. Tom knew the real me, we gelled, he understood me and vice verse. He was a true friend and advised me always in a very candid, blunt, yet gentle way. Living our lives for the Lord was his favorite…learn to welcome God into your life and everything else will fall into place…I miss him already. Thank you, Tom, for co-presiding at my Ninamomma’s funeral mass. Give her and Freddie my love! Via con Dios, my dear friend…fly with the angels. Thanks for all the memories!!!♡♡♡

  4. Msgr. Tom’s passing is a loss for his family, and for those in the parish and diocese who he served so well. May each one of them be consoled, knowing what a gift he was to them. Now he is resting in the heart of God who lovingly embraces him.

  5. Sister Susan, We appreciate you sharing his life with Sister Connie and me. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family and may you all celebrate his life and passing knowing he is no longer in pain and yearning to going home. We love you Susan

  6. Joan, Susan and family,
    What a great man we all celebrate. Tom’s obituary beautifully captures a glimpse into his amazing life.
    I hope you will know his presence as you carry on his legacy of love and compassion.


  7. My sympathy and prayer, Susan. Thank you for sharing his story with us. What a wonderful gift he was to so many! We have been aware of him and his ministry through you, his devoted sister. We are with you in spirit during these days of deep memories and personal loss. With love,
    Mary Luke, SSND

  8. Truly blessed to have you with me during families blessings and trials. So instrumental in helping me with my battle with cancer. Honored to have the boys serve with you during your last mass attended at Christ the King. The boys were so happy and excited to see you. They had to find me and let me know you were there.

  9. Father Tom. What a wonderful man and priest. Mass wasn’t the same if he didn’t say it. I loved how he sometimes started his homilies with a joke, and managed to incorporated it into the sermon. He prayed for me and my family many times over the years….A funny memory: We did a follies many years ago at Christ the King. Father Tom and Sister Joan were the finale. They came out fully dressed as Sonny and Cher. Father Tom was Cher, wig and all. They sang I Got You, Babe and he was flipping that hair over his shoulders. Stole the show! I’ll miss your humor and your wisdom. Rest in holy peace.

    Paula Demchuk

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