Remembering Msgr. Tom Wells at 10th Anniversary Memorial Mass

June 07, 2010

Ten years after the shocking murder of a popular local priest in his Germantown rectory, Monsignor Tom Wells will be remembered in a Memorial Mass attended by friends, family and former parishioners:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Mother Seton Catholic Church
19951 Father Hurley Boulevard
Germantown, MD 20874

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be principal celebrant of the Mass. Joining him will be priest-friends of Msgr. Wells as well as his nephew, Deacon David Wells, who is preparing to become a priest.

The church where Tuesday’s Mass will be held was built on the site of the rectory where the murder occurred. The rectory was torn down following Msgr. Wells’ death. The man convicted of killing Msgr. Wells, Robert Paul Lucas, then 25, remains in prison.

Additional Masses will be held the same evening at two other parishes where Msgr. Wells served, including St. Mark in Hyattsville and Sacred Heart in Bowie.

Msgr. Wells had been a priest for 29 years at the time of his death, and was known for his great love of the priesthood and people, and for encouraging and inspiring vocations. Msgr. Wells was born March 9, 1944. He attended Blessed Sacrament school and St. John’s College High School. After attending Boston College and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York, he was ordained a priest in 1971. He served at Sacred Heart, Bowie; St. Mark, Hyattsville; and St. Andrew the Apostle, Silver Spring before being named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda in 1994 and Mother Seton, Germantown in January 1999. More than 2,000 people attended his funeral at Sacred Heart parish in Bowie.

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