After 32 years of service to Padua Franciscan High School, Vice Principal Br. Tom Carroll, ofm has announced that he will be taking on a new role as Formation Team Member for the Franciscan Interprovincial Postulancy Program in June of 2021. His new responsibilities include serving as a mentor, guide and educator for men who are entering the Franciscan community. This summer he will relocate to the Holy Name Friary in Silver Spring, Maryland.
During his time at Padua, Br. Tom wore many hats. He served as vice principal, dean of students, campus minister, director of financial aid and Spanish teacher. He was an avid supporter of Padua’s Fine Arts Program and the voice of the Marching Bruins.
Br. Tom was instrumental in strengthening Padua’s International and Foreign Exchange Program. At its height, the program welcomed more than 30 students from all around the world. It had a positive impact on Padua’s enrollment, financial stability and most of all, by adding cultural diversity to the school community.
Principal David Stec ’86 said, “He is always at everything everywhere. That’s what is going to be missed. Br. Tom is the most committed and dedicated employee of our school. He is here early. He is here late. He is with everyone, because he loves this school and our students so much. He gave everything he had to Padua. His impact will always be remembered. We wish him a blessed new ministry.”
Br. Tom said he feels blessed to have been surrounded by wonderful students, colleagues and parents over the years. “I hope it’s been a two-way street. I hope I’ve blessed those around me too,” he said. “Watching students and graduates discover and realize what they are able to do and accomplish has been heartwarming, encouraging and life-giving.”
He said he will miss many things about Padua, especially the Fine Arts activities, games, championships, Masses and retreats. “It’s not going to be easy to leave. My heart will always be here. God has blessed me abundantly and I will carry that to my new ministry.”