Deacon Thomas D. O’Donald

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Class: Transitional Deacon

Parish: St. Anastasia, Newtown Square

What year did you enter the seminary? 2009

What did you do prior to seminary entrance?
I attended St. Joseph University and Catholic University of America.

What influenced your decision to enter the seminary?
The great example of the Augustinian’s at Monsignor Bonner High School and my parish priests.

Why do you want to be a priest?
To do God’s will as his priest in my family, my community and my Church.

What did your family and friends think about your decision to enter the seminary?
My family and friends were very supportive, helping at every step of the way. I wouldn’t last a second without them.

What do you do for fun?
I like to hang out at the beach, go fishing and crabbing, as well as being a certified scuba diver and lifeguard.

Who is your favorite Saint?
St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Aloysius, St. Michael the Archangel

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?
Don’t worry so much, just trust in God and it will all work out in the end.