Tom Perna

Tom and his wife Megan were married on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 2018. They attend St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, AZ. They welcomed their first-born son in September. Tom has been working for 6 years at the parish and currently is the Director of Family Catechesis. He has a B.A. in Philosophy (University of San Francisco), a M.A in Education (University of Phoenix), and a M.A. in Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville). Since 2012, Tom has been writing on his website/blog – TomPerna.org and is the author of the weekly series – “Mondays with Mary.”

Tom Perna

12 Responses Jesus Would Have Heard If He Was a Catholic School Teacher

With so many children returning to school over the last few weeks (at least here in Arizona) and with so many more returning after Labor Day in other parts of the country, I found it fitting to write this article. Teaching theology to high school students was one the best albeit hardest experiences I have …

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G.K. Chesterton Is Known as “The Apostle of Common Sense” For a Reason

The month of June marks the anniversary of the death of “the Apostle of Common Sense”, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, most notably known as G.K. Chesterton. In a time when an hyper-sensitive culture needs more common sense than ever before, we should be reading thisprolific and prophetic writer to remind ourselves that the culture didn’t just change overnight, but …

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What Was the Mary Thinking the Week Prior to Giving Birth to Jesus?

In the liturgical calendar of the Latin Church, December 18 has been known as the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although it is not currently in the liturgical calendar, I first came upon this feast in 2013 after reading through an old missal that was given to me as a gift. As someone that has …

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