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. Michaels 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 there are as Regional Vicar of our Jamaican Mission and 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 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.
Come and See the Passionists
Immaculate Conception Monastery cordially invites
Men from 18 to 30 years to come and see the Passionists up-close and personal. Join us for Evening Prayer and Supper at 5 PM on Friday,
Just contact Fr. Jim Barry, C.P. at 847-384-0134 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our address is 86-45 Edgerton Blvd, Jamaica, New York. Bring a friend.
Rector - Father Thomas, Brislin, CP
Vocation to the Passionist Way of Life
The Pre-Novitiate experience is located at our Passionist Formation Community located on the campus of King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. Candidates reside here and participate in the daily prayer life of the Passionists, engage in ministry in the local area and take classes that will prepare them for later theological formation. They learn about Passionist life through the input of formation directors, and they continue to discern their vocation under the guidance of a spiritual director. The length of the Pre-Novitiate experience is usually 1-2 years, depending on the background of the candidate.
Passionist Novitiate is a one-year experience of prayer, life in community and focused study of the Passionist charism. The Novitiate is currently located at Christ the King Retreat in Citrus Heights, California. At the beginning of the Novitiate year, candidates are clothed in the black habit of the Passionists. Upon completion of the Novitiate, they make temporary vows to the Passionist community and receive the Passionist sign.
Passionist students continue their initial formation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. CTU is a graduate school of theology and ministry where candidates from many religious communities of men and women, as well as lay students, engage in formation for ministry in the Church. Candidates who wish to pursue priestly ministry are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program. Candidates for Passionist brotherhood also study theology and ministry, as well as taking courses in other disciplines that will enable them to contribute to the life of the community. Candidates for the priesthood are ordained to the diaconate after they make their perpetual vows and then to the priesthood after their service as a deacon. After final profession for brothers, and after ordination for priests, the Provincial Superior assigns them to a particular Passionist community and ministry.