Rev. Thomas J. Hagan, OSFS
August 22, 1961
October 25, 1964
September 6, 1969
Ministries: Faculty, Northeast Catholic High School; Campus Minister, Lafayette College; Co-Founder, Hands Together; Chaplain, Princeton University; Oblate Missionary
President – Hands Together – Haiti
What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
Daily I experience the joy of the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa). There is no particular sister – they all seem to radiate the joy of the Gospel.
Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi. Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales. What is Salesian about Pope Francis?
He shatters categories.
What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Being in solidarity with all the men who are living and dead…embracing the dream that energized our mission.
How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world?
Being aware of being infinitely loved…convincing others that they have value and are infinitely loved not so much for what they do but for who they are.
What is the most recent book you read? Would you recommend it?
Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Ron Rolheiser. I would recommend it. It is truly comforting.
Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you. What did he teach you?
Fr. Bill Keech, OSFS – as he is now 90 – he continues to reflect hope.
What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Go for it! It is like bungee jumping!
How do you think religious life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married, or diocesan priests?
Religious life serves the church when its orientation is total honesty and total authenticity! Religious life must suffer being open to appearing to be unsuccessful – being losers, being failures in the eyes of our culture. Religious life must have a different criteria for success!