Fr Tom gave some pointers on how he made it for 50 years. His sermon also mentioned his home background, his hard life and his joy at being a priest. He is a happy priest.
Fr Tom was ordained at a time when Vatican II had just begun. 1965. He came from a family with 8 children. The last child was a girl. He had a brother who joined the diocese and this brother priest died of cancer about 7 years ago. He came from a family that was very Catholic and strong in the faith. He remembers to this day the image of his own father who would kneel for about ten to fifteen minutes each morning in prayer.
His vocation came early in life. He was ordained a priest on 18 December 1965.
I thank God for the gift of Fr. Tom who is such a joy to share my faith with. . . Praise God!