Version 2I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have sought always to be a faithful pastor – the word means “shepherd” of God’s people. As a pastor, I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey – hence the title “Pilgrim Shepherd.” Now actively retired from parish ministry, but not from pastoral ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

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  1. Dear Father Tom:

    I am a parishoner at Good Shepherd and, in the past, you and I shared a few amusing emails regarding your resemblance to Anthony Hopkins. You also confused it with “Chainsaw Massacre”! We had some good laughs about it.

    I miss you at Good Shepherd. I hope you have settled in and are enjoying being less stressed. I think of you often and always smile at your wonderful sense of humor. Merry Christmas and God Bless You, Father.


    Joan Newcome

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