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Monastery Rector

Biography of Father Thomas Brislin, C. P.

Father Tom was born in Hazleton, PA in 1939. He comes from a big family of five boys and two girls. He has many nephews and nieces. One of his sisters is also in religious life as a Sister of Mercy.

Father Tom entered the Passionist Seminary after high school in 1957. He was professed as a Passionist in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1968 at St. Michael's Monastery in Union City, New Jersey.

Throughout the years he has ministered in various ministries of our Passionist Community - 10 years on our preaching band - twice director of the Confraternity of the Passion - Assistant Rector of our Monastery in Massachusetts - Director of our Retreat House in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies - nine years as Assistant Pastor and then Pastor of our African American Parish in Atlanta, Georgia - two years as Director of a Diocesan minor seminary in Botswana, Africa. Father Tom then returned to the United States and served on the Retreat team of our house team in Riverdale, New York. He was also involved there with retreat promotion. Once again, feeling the desire to serve the local church in another country, he went to the Bahamas as Director of a Diocesan Retreat House for four years and then Pastor of Sacred Heart Church for nine years. The church, the second oldest Catholic Church in Nassau, was renovated and enlarged while he was there. The Provincial at the time, asked him to consider returning to Jamaica, West Indies, which he did. He served they are as Regional Vicar of our Jamaican Mission and also Rector of St. Paul of the Cross Cathedral. Having completed his time there he was transferred back to the Bahamas to Holy Family parish and directed the construction of a beautiful new church.

In June 2014, he was then elected as Rector of Immaculate Conception Monastery here in the United States. Regardless of the ups and downs of life - Father Tom says that in all of his varied assignments he has found satisfaction. He considers himself very fortunate having been called to wear the Passionist Habit as a priest in the Congregation of the Passion.