I welcome young adults, ages 25-35, to consider participating in CLA in St. Louis, and to engage with a cohort of approximately 15-20 other young adults in a two-year program grounded in Ignatian spirituality. CLA focuses on spiritual growth, leadership development, and, at the end of the program, a service project aimed at making the St. Louis community a better place. I looked for a program for young adults to bring to St. Louis for a long time. When I discovered CLA, I knew I had found a special program with so much to offer those looking to grow and be part of a community of like-minded people from many different backgrounds and work experiences. As the first regional director and facilitator of this program in St. Louis, I am already very grateful for, and impressed by, the positive reception of CLA by this year’s participants.
Tom is our inaugural Regional Director in St. Louis. Tom is involved with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, is a long-time board member of Loyola Academy ( the Jesuit nativity school in St. Louis), and serves on the Mission & Identity committee at St. Louis University High School. He is also a founding board member of the L’Arche community in St. Louis. Tom recently retired from the business he has owned for 25 years, a print and communications company. He holds a BA in philosophy from Santa Clara University, a law degree from St. Louis University, an MA in theology and a certificate in spiritual direction from Aquinas Institute. Tom taught at two Jesuit high schools immediately after graduating from college: Jesuit High in Sacramento, CA, and DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. Tom has been married to his wife, Dale, for thirty-five years and has four young adult children.
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