Congratulations Fr. Tom Statt
- June 1, 2018
This was in the Catholic Courier - May 2018 Edition....
One of the proudest moments in 60 years of ministry for Father Thomas Statt was serving as the first full-time chaplain of the Newman Community at SUNY Geneseo and overseeing the creation of the college’s Interfaith Center.
“That was significant,” he said of his chaplaincy. “It was very exciting.”
The college will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Interfaith Center this fall, noted Father Statt, 85.
A Rochester native, Father Statt grew up in St. Augustine Parish and attended Nazareth Hall and Aquinas Institute before going on to St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s seminaries.
Father Statt was ordained May 31, 1958, by Bishop James E. Kearney at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He was associate pastor at St. Mary in Canandaigua (1958-61) and Corpus Christi in Rochester (1961-64). During the first year of his 12 years of service as chaplain of the Newman Community at SUNY Geneseo beginning in 1964, he assisted at St. Mary Parish in Geneseo. He also earned a master’s degree in religious studies from Catholic University of America in 1968.
He then served as rector of Becket Hall, the diocesan college preparatory seminary program (1976-81). In 1981, he became pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Greece, where he served until 2000 when he reached senior-priest status. Father Statt has served as a trustee/board member for St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Camp Stella Maris, the Nazareth Schools and Monroe County Catholic Schools.
Father Statt continues to assist at St. Charles Borromeo in Greece and other parishes when needed. He lives on Honeoye Lake and has been spending February, March and April at his home in central Florida since 2001.
He will celebrate his jubilee with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. June 3 at St. Charles Borromeo and said all are welcome. A gathering with his immediate family will follow.