Line of Succession of The Right Reverend James
Monsignor Thomas was ordained to the priesthood
in 2002 through the Apostolic Line of Succession
of The Right Reverend James R. Judd.
Apostolic Succession is that line of bishops
that stretches back to Our Lord's calling of His
Apostles. It is from the Apostolic Line of
Succession that all validly-ordained priests (be
they Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican,
or Old Catholic) have received their priesthood
and may administer the sacraments. For
most Roman Catholic and Old Catholic bishops,
the written record of their Line can be traced
back to 1541. It is from this Line that
Msgr. Thomas received his ordination to the
of Old Catholicism
I am often
asked to explain the world-wide Old Catholic
Church to which I belong. This short
explanation and history answers that
question. It also includes links to
additional information about Old Catholicism.
County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department
Here is where I serve as a Sheriff's Chaplain.
Center for Journalism and Trauma
(University of Washington)
for anyone who has suffered a traumatic
experience or works with those who have (e.g., chaplains, public safety
officials, social workers).
Although designed to help journalists be
sensitive to those they must interview, the site
provides useful advice for anyone who must work
with victims of trauma and disaster. This
includes how to deal with one's own exposure to
trauma from dealing with victims.
Resources include free online courses.
An organization that reunites Salvadoran children and families who were separated during El Salvador's decades of civil war.
For this group I provide investigative services,
using my years of experience in law enforcement
and as a civilian investigator. Read about my involvement with them in my
Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador.
I financially support their good works.
Awareness Through Experience Program
If you want to experience the struggles and
triumphs of those who live in the Third World,
contact GATE. They lead trips to Central
America where you live,
eat and see the world from the eyes of
indigenous peoples. You and others on your tour
will visit with
human rights organizations and religious working
within the community. GATE is operated by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual
Adoration, Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
my experience through them in my "Journeys"
Humane Society of Minnesota
to my becoming a priest, I worked as an
investigator for the Minnesota Federated Humane
Societies. Although the MFHS has no
the AHSM's site if you want to learn more about
investigative work for animal welfare here in
Lodge of Minnesota (Ancient Free
& Accepted Masons of Minnesota).
I belong to the Minnesota lodge of this ancient
and world-wide fraternity "dedicated to the
principles of Political Freedom, Religious
Tolerance, and Personal Integrity."
for the Preservation & Appreciation of
Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA)
One of my hobbies.