St. John Paul II Catholic High School is pleased to announce that Father J. Thomas Dillon will be the full-time chaplain for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I am excited to be present and serve the community of SJPIICHS as the new chaplain,” Father Tom said. “I am extremely excited to take on this active role of leading and spearheading the spiritual and theological development of our students, spreading the fire of the Holy Spirit and love of Jesus Christ into every corner and heart in Southwood.”

Father Tom is currently a Parochial Vicar at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee where he is the Director of Adult Education, leading the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Marriage Preparation, and Adult Catechesis. Before that, Father Tom served as the Parochial Vicar at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Pensacola, as the Chaplain and Director of Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of West Florida, and as a Parochial Vicar of Holy Spirit & St. John’s Catholics Churches in Pensacola. Father Tom has previous experience ministering to high school students, including serving as a Chaplain of Pensacola Catholic High School.

Besides serving as the chaplain at SJPIICHS, Father Tom will be teaching theology classes to juniors.

“We’re excited to have Father Tom to minister to and teach our students,” said SJPIICHS Principal Greg Monroe. “He will be present in the classroom, in the halls, and at lunch to provide sacraments, counseling and leadership to all students, faculty and staff.”

In addition to his new responsibilities at SJPIICHS, Father Tom will continue his duties at Good Shepherd. He has his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Steubenville in Ohio and a Masters of Divinity from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. Father Tom begins his new duties on the SJPIICHS campus starting July 1.