Thomas O’Brien

Date of Ordination: October 15, 1988
Current Assignment: Church of the Incarnation. Mantua

I always wanted to serve the church. So, after graduation from high school, I entered a seminary. Before vows, I discerned that marriage and family were for me. But the desire to serve never waned. In 1968, I began my teaching career in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and retired as Superintendent of Schools after 40 years of service in Catholic Education. During that time, I served as lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, CCD Instructor, and in other lay ministries in schools where I taught and in my home parish on weekends. Priests and bishops with whom I worked encouraged me to seek the diaconate. And with the support and encouragement of colleagues, family, and friends, I began my diaconal studies leading to ordination by the late Bishop George Guilfoyle on October 15, 1988. I was assigned to the Church of the Incarnation for twenty-years, transferred to Christ the King Parish and five years later, returned to Incarnation where I currently serve in my 29th year.

In 1972 I married Doris and together we have raised 6 children. Blessed today with sons-in-law and daughters-in-law who have given us 10 beautiful grandchildren.

My retirement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2007, lasted 30 days until Immaculata University offered me a position in the Graduate College. I am blessed to have earned a Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership. Today, I am the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.