Bartolomeo , Tom
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I was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois in 2006 at the age 69. After graduating Saint Johnís University, New York, B.A. ( 1965) and M.A. (1967) in English I taught a year of high school and a few years of college at Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Virginia and Kansas State University where I pursued, but did not complete, a doctoral program in English. In 1972 I returned to New York where I entered business and held various managerial responsibilities over several years, marketing, public relations and retail sales and began my own small retail business. During these years I dabbled in theater and politics, worked for a Congressional campaign ( 1974) and later for my own candidacy for New York State Senate in 1978 and lost. I began studies for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut where I received an M.S. in Divinity (2005), was ordained and moved to Rockford, Illinois. I am in a continuing process of life advocacy, writing, teaching, speaking and family counseling. I reside in Saint James Parish, 535 Caswell Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008.


Currently showing only those Articles posted in: 2015

Advent, a Time to Reflect and Renew

Advent literally means "coming to", a season of preparation for Christmas. His was completed in his resurrection and ascension into heaven. Our advent continues.

Date posted: 2015-12-11

When is the right time to retreat?

Most people associate retreat with "go back". Some associate retreat with vacation or get-away, a place where one would rather be. In war retreat has a specific meaning usually associated with defeat but not always. Some great saints spent their entire lives in retreat as the hermit Saint Anthony of Egypt did.

Date posted: 2015-08-01

What is a monastic retreat?

We have all heard as Catholics that we are made of bodies and souls, but unless we expend some significant effort and time in caring for our souls then our souls become orphans. Between the two, body and soul, without some concerted effort the body will always have its way.

Date posted: 2015-07-01

A discourse on normalcy

I have no fear that marriage between a man and a woman will disappear from our land and not remain the norm - unless, unless as a nation we continue to abandon life with fewer marriages and fewer children. And no matter how much same-sex marriage is accepted it will remain atypical, uncommon and abnormal in fact and in numbers, no matter how much smaller our population becomes.

Date posted: 2015-07-01

What ever happened to Confession?

Priests need to frequently preach on the subject, truthfully, with clarity and always mercifully. Without speaking to sin in our homilies is an affront to our loving God and our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Date posted: 2015-04-21

The Forgotten New Evangelization

The Church for good reasons has stirred up a pot of discontent about marriage and remarried Catholics. Many in the church posit a polarity between church teaching and pastoral care of the remarried. There are, after all, so many divorced and remarried Catholics if not a majority then a near majority of Catholics. What are we to do? What are we to do!

Date posted: 2015-03-15

I would not give you false hope

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement has reached such epic proportions today that it accounts for multiple other disorders: selfishness, anger, greed, vanity and worst of all, a detachment from others - from "the obsession that many Americans have with . . . themselves."

Date posted: 2015-02-04

Consolation in suffering

Would it surprise us to hear that the happiest people in this world are those who join the suffering of others to their own? We can be bands of brothers and sisters in the Lord when we allow others to unite their suffering with ours and ours with theirs in his promise that he will be with us not only here but in the world to come.

Date posted: 2015-01-25


"Speak Lord, for your servant is listening", said the prophet. Listening should be the better part of our relationship not only with God but with each other. Husbands and wives, listen to each other. Brothers and sisters, listen to each other. Friends and adversaries, listen to each other.

Date posted: 2015-01-23

After Jesus' baptism the horror show begins

We can never really appreciate the horror Jesus endured just living in this "vale of tears". Like an innocent child who knows no sin and is suddenly confronted with naked evil we can picture the indescribable horror on a child's face, the terror and fright in his eyes which Jesus felt In his soul. Over time, however, the horror in an ordinary child's soul diminishes and becomes a familiar encounter with sin: pride, anger, envy, cruelty and the indifference of others, a limitless list of sins he observes until he is desensitized.

Date posted: 2015-01-14

Lessons from the events of Epiphany[1]

The truth be told, none of us knows the consequences of his beliefs and decisions. Mary and Joseph were not aware of the trials they would face together in the days and years ahead, having and caring for a son who in their case was the Son of God. They did not consider the adverse consequences as God bid them to have and raise a child as God bids all married spouses.

Date posted: 2015-01-04