Father Tom Colucci – retired New York City firefighter who became a priest at the age of 60 – regaled a crowd of about 400 with stories of his life and his call to the priesthood during our Faith on Fire event on Oct. 3.

With a humble, self-effacing humor, Father Tom told the crowd in the Ryan Center of his early disappointing performance as a college student with a 1.9 grade point average as a physical education major to his triumph at studying for the priesthood and now holding three master’s degrees.

The New York native told of the challenges of working as a firefighter on 9/11 when New York’s Twin Towers fell and the sorrow of attending so many funerals afterward. He served the city for 20 years, rising to the rank of captain. He was injured on the job in 2005 when a gas explosion left him with an injury that required two brain surgeries.

After retiring, he became a Benedictine monk for nearly a decade, then pursued the priesthood. He now serves as a parochial vicar at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill, NY.

He and Father Kevin met while both were studying at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

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Father Tom Colucci’s ordination was celebrated with his firefighter friends.

More Then $1,800 Raised at Faith on Fire!

The very generous attendees at our Faith on Fire event dropped $1,860 into our freewill offering box. Those proceeds will be donated equally to Wexford Volunteer Fire Co., Northern Regional Police Department and McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority.