|Valley Stream Pastor Named Monsignor|
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2007 — Pope Benedict XVI conferred the papal honor of monsignor on Father Thomas J. Harold, pastor of Holy Name of Mary parish, Valley Stream, N.Y.
Msgr. Harold said he was surprised when the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, made the announcement. He said the parishioners at Holy Name of Mary parish were “very affirming.”
Msgr. Harold was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Chaminade High School, Mineola, N.Y. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from St. John’s University, a Master of Arts degree in English from Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., and a Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.
He was a Marianist Religious Brother for 15 years and taught English at Chaminade High School from 1976 to 1987.
Ordained into the priesthood May 25, 1991, Msgr. Harold was first assigned to Holy Family parish, Hicksville, N.Y. In 1996, he was appointed Director of the diocesan Vocations Office. In 2000, he was assigned to Holy Name of Mary parish, where he is pastor.
Msgr. Harold said the biggest difference between being a priest and being a pastor is the administrative issues.
“You need to try to be an effective leader and continue to try to be an effective priest,” he said.
He said the best part about priesthood is celebrating the Eucharist and Sacraments, as well as “having the privilege of sharing important moments of [parishioners’] lives with them.”
He has been on the Board of Admissions for the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception for the past two years.
Msgr. Harold has five brothers and one sister. He is a fan of golf, baseball and dramatic movies.
Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz
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