About Fr. Tom
From the people who know him best...
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Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A.
A Restless Journey in Christ

Father Tom is an experienced teacher, administrator, retreat director and parish mission preacher. 

 

He is a native of the South Side of Chicago.  He grew up in St. Adrian Parish in Marquette Park.  He received his elementary school education at St. Adrian School and high school education at St. Rita of Cascia High School.  He graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Communication Arts.  He also has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Lewis University.

 

Fr. Tom entered the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Order in 1987.  After completing his novitiate, he attended Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.

In 1993 he made his solemn vows as an Augustinian Friar and in 1994 he was ordained to the priesthood.

 

He did a pastoral internship at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, MI, and taught theology at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox. 

 

Fr. Tom ministered for 21 years at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago as a teacher, campus minister, Principal, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

 

Fr. Tom ministered for nine years as the Vocation Director for the Our Mother of Good Counsel (Midwest) and five years for St. Thomas of Villanova (Eastern) Province.

 

Fr. Tom spent two years as the Augustinian Advisor to the Office of First- and Second-Year Initiatives - Office of Student Life at Villanova University.

 

Fr. Tom ministered in Rome as part of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization where he was named a Papal Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis in 2018.  Father Tom spent two years as the Director of the Augustinian Marylake Shrine in King City, Ontario, and the Prior of the Marylake Augustinian Monastery.

Fr. Tom is currently in his 12th year as Vocation Director for the Midwest Province and is the Director of St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago, IL. Father Tom is also the Prior of the Pre-Novitiate Community of St. Clare of Montefalco Friary in Chicago.

Father Tom continues to preach parish missions and lead retreats. Thank you for visiting this website and God Bless you.

Fr. Tom's Passport
Preaching across North America
2021

St. Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville, Illinois

Christ the King Parish, Chicago, Illinois

St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

St. Edward Parish, Chicago, Illinois

Sacred Heart Parish, Palos Heights, Illinois
 

2020

Notre Dame Parish, Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Our Lady, Queen of the World Parish, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Our Lady of the Woods Parish, Orland Park, Illinois
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Selma, Texas
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, Newport Beach, California
St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Highland Heights, Ohio
St. Ambrose Parish, Chicago, Illinois
St. Anselm Parish, Chicago, Illinois
Corpus Christi Parish, Chicago, Illinois
St. Elizabeth Parish, Chicago, Illinois
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chicago, Illinois

 

2019
St. James the Apostle Parish, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
All Saints Parish, Rossford, Ohio
St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Prince of Peace Parish, Lake Villa, Illinois
New Mexico State University St. Albert the Great Newman Parish, Las Cruces, New Mexico
St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral Parish, Joliet, Illinois
St. Paul of the Cross Parish, North Palm Beach, Florida
Sacred Heart Parish, Havertown, Pennsylvania
St. Gerald Parish, Oak Lawn, Illinois
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Homer Glen, Illinois
University of Kentucky Holy Spirit Newman Parish, Lexington, Kentucky
St. Isidore Parish, Macomb, Michigan
Christ the King Parish, Madisonville, Kentucky
St. Mary Nativity and Holy Cross Parishes, Joliet, Illinois
St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Parish of the Holy Cross, Bridgeton, New Jersey
St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Wichita, Kansas
Holy Family Parish, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
2018
All Saints Parish, Rossford, Ohio
St. Gregory the Great Parish, Samuels, Kentucky
St. Joseph Parish, Manhattan, Illinois
St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Highland Heights, Ohio
St. Joan of Arc Parish, Boca Raton, Florida
Holy Family Parish, Shorewood, Illinois
St. John Neumann Parish, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Blessed Mother, Sts. Joseph & Paul & St. Stephen Cathedral Parishes, Owensboro, Kentucky
St. Mary, St. Mary & St. Joseph Parishes, Eldorado, Harrisburg & Elizabethtown, Illinois
St. Mary Parish, East Islip, New York
2017
St. James the Apostle Parish, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
St. Theresa Parish, Mooresville, North Carolina
St. Jude Parish, New Lenox, Illinois
St. Patricia Parish, Hickory Hills, Illinois
Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Parkland, Florida
Holy Name Cathedral Parish, Chicago, Illinois
Our Lady of Peace Parish, Darien, Illinois
Sts. James, Margaret Mary & Sacred Heart Parishes, Irwin, Herscher & Goodrich, Illinois
St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral Parish, Joliet, Illinois
Church of the Holy Spirit, Sts. Marcelline, Matthew & Hubert Parishes, Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates, Illinois
St. Thomas More Parish, Elgin, Illinois
St. Jude the Apostle Parish, South Holland, Illinois
University of Kentucky Holy Spirit Newman Parish, Lexington, Kentucky
St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Plainfield, Illinois
St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, Pennsylvania
St. Scholastica Parish, Woodridge, Illinois
The Parish of the Holy Cross, Bridgeton, New Jersey
St. Peter Parish, Geneva, Illinois
St. Dennis Parish, Lockport, Illinois