ABOUT

From our Engagement Photo Shoot by Man in the Moon Studios: Arizona Wedding Photography

I am the Director of Family Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, Arizona. In this position, I oversee the curriculum and catechesis for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade, the catechesis of the parents, and the overall training and catechetical instruction for the catechists and aides. From November 2013 to May 2018, I was the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at the same parish. I oversaw the Porta Fidei Adult Faith Formation Program, which consisted of a Tuesday morning Bible study, a Thursday evening Bible study, and the Saturday Morning Speaker Series.

A passion of mine is speaking to adults about the importance of the Catholic faith and bringing the beauty of the Second Vatican Council teachings along with Pope St. John Paul II’s “New Evangelization” to the faithful of the Church. I am proud to say that I count myself among the JP2 Generation. Growing up in the Papacy of Pope St.John Paul II, I learned the importance of sound theology synthesized with the importance of human dignity and the sacredness of human life.

I have a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. I also hold a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco. While attending USF, I studied the Great Books of Western Civilization and upon graduation received a Great Books Certificate from the St. Ignatius Institute.

My writings have appeared on New Advent, Big Pulpit, and Catholic Exchange. My first book was published through Emmaus Road Publishing – Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am also a contributor to Vidi Dominum, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church’s weekly bulletin.  

Disclaimer: All expressions of thought and opinion on this blog, my public Facebook Page, and my Twitter Account are completely my own. They do not reflect nor have anything to do with my employers. Do not contact me at my place of work with questions found on any of my social media sites. Failure to follow these guidelines will get you blocked. 

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  1. Dear Tom, I just received the news about your leaving. You certainly know when God is calling you to do other things. It takes courage and prudence, and you have those. The Faith Formation series you led were great. I wish you huge successes in your new ventures. You already were on our prayer list and will continue to be. I am praying over this letter now for you. Sincerely, Howard Smith Mt 11:28

      • Tom –

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        The book is now read in over 65 Countries
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  2. Tom,

    Just read your comment about driving Fr Groeschel to the airport. What an awesome experience!

    Found you when googling Fr Groeschel’s comments about purgatory. I was trying to find a reference of him declaring he’ll be in purgatory for 10,000 years. He was very annoyed by people being canonized at their funerals. I will have to say a pray for him tonight during my holy hour.

  3. Dear Tom,
    I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog as I researched the image of the Holy Family you have posted under: “Mondays with Mary” – Mary, Joseph, and the Spousal Gift of Self
    Posted on February 16, 2015.

    Can you, please, share with me the name of the artist and his/her contact info? My pastor would
    like to make holy cards with the image.

    Congratulations on your blog!

    Thanks so much!
    Sr. Cora

  4. Tom P –

    Thought you might be interested in reading a book about Mary’s Mission. The digital version is free and up to date.

    sanmichelsalcove.com

  5. Thank you for your October 4 post on the election. The blessing to hear Father John Lankeit speak on moral choices was cutting to the core. So grateful to have Catholic leaders speak with moral clarity. I have forwarded that post to all family and friends. The truth spoken in love in this world takes courage and integrity. Thank you.

  6. Hello Tom. I am working on a stained glass painting of St. Clare and would like to use your drawing of her to use as my reference picture. Is that OK with you? BTW, I belong to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blairsville, GA.
    Thanks and God Bless!

  7. Hey Tom,

    Thank you for your presentation this evening at Corpus Christi. You are a magnificent speaker and a great man. Deacon Dennis has a great line of speakers for our Men of Saint Joseph group. I hope we have you again in the future. I believe our group will learn more about Mary and use that to understand St. Joseph more.

    BIG THANKS
    Steve Kopiec

    P.S. I PRAY FOR YOUR SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE…

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