Fr. Tom graduated from Mundelein Seminary (near Chicago) in May of 2018 having earned two Master’s degrees: the first in Philosophy and Religion, and the second in Divinity. He has a background in behavioral health and vocal performance, and is grateful for the opportunity to use these gifts in the service of God.
He has been thoroughly blessed in many ways while serving in his first assignment at Our Mother of Sorrows parish. Working alongside two excellent priests, Msgr. Tom Cahalane and Fr. Arnold Aurillo, has opened his eyes to the challenges and amazing possibilities of parish priestly ministry. He has also learned much in the service of God’s people here at OMOS.
He has grown through involvement in many ministry programs here, working alongside lay ministers and deacons through visiting the sick and the elderly who can’t make it to church, spending time at our wonderful school, hanging out with our teens, and getting to know our Hispanic community by celebrating the 4pm Sunday Mass and attending the Spanish Lay Ministry Formation program. He has also been involved as Chaplain of our local Knights of Columbus Council, the Bereavement Group which meets two Thursday evenings each month, and many other programs.
He has received many affirmations from the Lord these past 16months, through quiet time in prayer, but certainly through his involvement with the OMOS community as our Associate Pastor. His favorite part of ministering to us is to celebrate both Mass and the sacrament of Reconciliation.
As Bishop Emeritus Kicanas once told him, “your first assignment as a priest is like your first love.” Fr. Tom feels this is a wonderful way to describe his time so far at OMOS, and looks forward to whatever God has planned for him here in the future!
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