FR. THOMAS MCDERMOTT

Fr. Tom took on the role of pastoring St. Columbkille and St. Joseph the Worker parishes with Fr. David Schatz and Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah in July 2018. He also serves as Spiritual Director of the diocesan seminary program.

Dubuque is a homecoming of sorts to Fr. Tom. The first 30 years of his life were spent as a member of St. John the Evangelist parish, just 15 miles southwest. He is the fifth of Irwin & Joannel McDermott’s eight children. After growing up on the family farm, attending Beckman High School and a couple years at Iowa State, He farmed there for 11 years with his dad, uncle and brother.

Growing up in that small rural parish blessed Fr. Tom with experiencing joys he never would have known but for needing each other’s gifts. His years as a priest have only confirmed that parish life of whatever size can only thrive if the needed gifts of all are shared. St. Paul’s image for disciples as members in the Body of Christ is a fruitful one to live out and strive towards.

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