Rev. Thomas P. Norris, OSFS
August 21, 1965
September 28, 1968
June 16, 1973
Faculty, Father Judge High School, Holy Name High School, Bishop Ireton High School; Campus Minister, Greensboro College, Guilford College and University of North Carolina; Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Mary; Pastor, St. Mary
Parochial Vicar – Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish – Diocese of Charlotte
Pope Francis initiated a Year of Consecrated Life; what is your understanding of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience?
The vows challenge us to live life “differently” in light of the Reign of God and the Lord’s return in glory.
Of the three vows, which do you see most connecting you to the people you serve?
hastity – In an age when there is great confusion about the meaning of true love, the vow of chastity as we live it shows self-giving and generous care for others.
What gift do you see the Oblates, as religious men, bringing to the church and world?
The practical and accessible spirit of St. Francis de Sales and Father Louis Brisson.
How does your commitment to a religious community impact your life?
My sense of “family” and my commitment to it helps me to live the Gospel in a different way.
What is your greatest hope for religious life in the church?
That it will be recognized as a beacon for so many who seem lost.
What excites you most about Pope Francis?
Pope Francis seems to make the “Petrine Ministry” more about service to the Gospel and less about pageantry and power.