Tom Perna is the Director of Stewardship and Advancement at a parish in Scottsdale, Arizona. Along with the Parochial Vicar, Tom also oversees the Adult Faith Formation Series which is held on Thursday mornings and evenings at the parish. Tom also works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mary - Tempe at Arizona State University where he teaches Introduction to Theology. For two years, he was a high school theology teacher in Austin, Texas at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School where he lived from 2010-2012. Tom has six years of total experience teaching high school theology.
Tom started as a substitute teacher in 2002 for the Diocese of Phoenix and in 2004 accepted a full-time teaching position at St. Mary’s Catholic High School where he taught theology for four years. In 2008, Tom decided to leave teaching at St. Mary’s to pursue a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Tom also holds a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco. While attending USF, Tom studied the Great Books of Western Civilization and upon graduation received a Great Books Certificate from the the St. Ignatius Institute. Along with teaching high school, Tom has six years of experience working for the Catholic Church as a high school youth minister (1999-2001) and junior high catechesis coordinator (2003-2007).
His passion is speaking to young adults and adults about the importance of the Catholic faith and bringing the beauty of the Second Vatican Council and the teachings along with Blessed John Paul II’s “New Evangelization” to the faithful of the Church. Tom is proud to say that he counts himself among the JP2 Generation. Growing up in the Papacy of Blessed John Paul II, Tom learned the importance of sound theology synthesized with the importance of human dignity and the sacredness of human life.
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