By: John Nee '93
Fr. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A. '83 has been the toast of the Southside for the past 20+ years, but now he'll be taking his talents to Vatican City to serve Pope Francis on the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. He will serve as the next English-language Official of the Council, which was founded by Pope Benedict.
The former President and Principal of St. Rita has long been known for his vibrant personality which has made him very popular to all on the Southside. Whether you were from St. Rita or not, Fr. Tom's popularity had reached "rock-star" status in many of the local parishes where he would say Sunday mass and host his famous parish missions.
Nine years ago, Fr. Tom was pegged by the Augustinians to become Vocation Director for the Midwest Province, during which time he helped foster a surge in young vocations to the Order. All the while, he remained an important presence at his alma mater, St. Rita, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chaplain.
Fr. Tom has served as an Augustinian priest for over 23 years and has delivered over 200 parish missions in 14 states in the last 19 years. Currently, he resides on the campus of Villanova University where he works in the Student Life Office for First and Second Year Initiatives. His new position will require Fr. Tom to relocate to Rome.
“It was with great humility and shock that I received the news of my appointment,” said Fr. McCarthy, “I feel blessed that my preaching ministry over the past 19 years has opened this door for me. I believe wholeheartedly in the approach Pope Francis is taking in reaching out everyone and helping them encounter Christ.”
"I believe this is a recognition of Father Tom's enthusiasm and passion for preaching the Gospel, particularly as evidenced in his parish missions and his years of work at St. Rita High School and at the St. Rita Shrine and his work in Vocation Ministry," said life-long friend and Prior Provincial of the Midwest Augustinians, Fr. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A. '83.