Rev. Thomas Joseph Engbers

March 23, 1941October 5, 2020

ENGBERS, Rev. Thomas J., passed away Oct.5,2020. He was 79 years old .Born in Evansville, Indiana March 23,1941 to Mary and Clarence Engbers. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Wilson, brother John Engbers and numerous nieces and nephews. He was ordained for the Diocese of Miami on May 20, 1967. He served as parochial vicar at St Coleman, St Hugh and St Francis Xavier. He also taught at Cardinal Gibbons High School. From 1970-1978 he was principal of Archbishop Curley High School. During this time he was also Parochial Vicar at St Phillip and St Thomas Church, and pastor until 1989. He was associate director of Ministry for priests from1989 to 1995. For a short time he was acting supervisor for the minor Seminary. He was pastor of St Martha's church. He served as a volunteer Fire chaplain for the City of Miami and Dade County. He retired from his duties at the fire department in 1996. He remained an active member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains after retirement and was a past president and active on the board of directors


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


Rev. Thomas Joseph Engbers

have a memory or condolence to add?

Betty Mulllem

October 15, 2020

Patrick and I will miss you, Father.

He lived his faith by helping others. He fed us spiritually, and with his chocolate chip cookies and chili years ago. to his soup recently.

From your place in Heaven, Father, pray for us.

Dick Morton

October 14, 2020

Fr. Tom, Aside from all his wisdom and guidance when you spoke with him,I always admired his demeanor. He has a presence about him stately and dignified. I just wish I could have been to a mass where he was the celebrant, I am sure he would be a personification of what a priest should be.
I know the Lord welcomed him as a "Good and Faithful Servant"

Chaplain Dick Morton
Woodside & Menlo Fire Protection Districts

Frank McNeil

October 14, 2020

It has been an honor and blessed to have known Fr. Tom for the last 34 years. We first met when he came to the FFC conference in St. Paul, MN in 1986. Over these thirty four he has become a friend and a confidant who has been there for me in some difficult times in my life. He has not only been a mentor to me and to many other Fire Chaplains in the FFC. He always had time to visit with any Chaplain that wanted to talk, age was not a factor nor was their religious denomination. We shall all miss his guiding hand in the FFC which he dearly loved. May he be at rest in the arms of God and in the company of the Angels and Saints, especially St. Thomas. I shall miss you !

Ed and Clara Croteau

October 9, 2020

We will miss our conversations and great talks. All our prayers go to your family.

Chaplain Ted Wilson

October 8, 2020

Dear Family of Father Thomas Engbers, please accept this heartfelt offering for your grieving hearts. May the Lord issue to you his abiding comfort as He holds you in His hugh loving arms.
Father Tom, as we in the Federation of Fire Chaplains know him, was a pleather of wisdom and grace to Fire Chaplains all over the world! Chaplains, both young and old, have benefited professionally and personally with every training or class input or one on one conversations/guidance. Those of our Chaplain ranks, who had the privilege of these Father Tom encounters were always enriched and sometimes gracefully corrected.
I will always love Father Tom. He has had such a profound impact on my life and ministry as a Fire Chaplain and an Army Chaplain as well. I have used his distinguished investments of wisdom and example of what a Real Chaplain looks and acts like, in so many Blessed opportunities one can be part of, as well as, in many horrific events of these modern times. He will always be a man of honorable courage, a man of great class, and a friend of this Baptist Chaplain. Father Tom, I will miss you here, but look forward to spending Eternity with you someday!
Chaplain Ted Wilson (Ret.)Oklahoma City Fire Department


Learn more about the Engbers name