A native of Webster, Massachusetts, Fr. Tom was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Bernard Flanagan, Bishop of Worcester by the Laying On of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination in 1977 after completing his studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton, Florida. Father Tom went on to pastor several assignments before being appointed to St. Joseph's Parish of Gardner in 1994. After the retirement of Pastor-Emeritus Rev. Fr. André M. Gariepy, Fr. Tom was appointed by His Excellency Robert J. McManus to serve as Pastor of Holy Spirit during 2006.