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Rev. Msgr. Francis R. Tuohy

Deceased: 2005-03-24


ICTE Spring: 1990

Rev. Msgr. Francis R. Tuohy, JCL, PA 69, lifelong resident of Indianapolis and well respected Roman Catholic priest, died March 24, 2005. Msgr. Tuohy was born on August 15, 1935 to the late Joseph K. and Anna Helen (McNelis) Tuohy. Upon graduation from Little Flower Catholic Grade School on the east side, he enrolled at St. Meinrad and continued his education to become a priest. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on May 7, 1961. Following ordination, he completed his canon law degree at Catholic University in Washington D.C. During his more than forty years of priesthood, he served in many Indianapolis parishes, as well as providing extensive administrative work for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Msgr. Tuohy was the assistant pastor of Our Lady of the Greenwood from 1961-63 and later became the assistant pastor at St. John the Evangelist until 1966. In 1966 he became the Chancellor of the Archdiocese after having served as the assistant chancellor the previous year. He continued in parish work as the pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Fortville until 1974. Msgr. Tuohy was chancellor until he was appointed vicar general of the Archdiocese in 1975. In 1979 he became the archdiocesan administrator for one year and continued as vicar general and chancellor in 1980. He was honored with the designation of prelate of honor in 1979. He reentered parish work in 1981 as pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist while continuing as vicar general. He became the pastor of St. Luke in 1985 while also serving on the board of consultors. In 1994 he was honored with another important designation of protonotary apostolic. He then became pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in 1995 from which he retired in July of 2004. In addition, Msgr. Tuohy served as an archdiocesan judge with the Metropolitan Tribunal for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas E. Tuohy. Survivors include his siblings, J. Joseph Tuohy, James L. Tuohy, and Bernadette Cunningham; a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Friends and family will gather on Wednesday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in Christ the King Catholic Church. A vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the church, followed by interment in the Priests’ Circle at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. You are invited to visit where you may read Msgr. Tuohy’s Life Story, share a personal memory, or make a memorial contribution, in lieu of flowers, to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for the education of priests. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Leppert Life Story Funeral Homes, Nora Chapel.