Fr. Tom Cassidy, SCJ, is the 2015 recipient of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology's Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award.
Fr. Cassidy’s résumé of outstanding service to the Church and her people includes:
- Two terms as provincial superior of the U.S. Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, from 2007 through 2013. During this time he was also elected president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.
- Leadership of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology as president-rector from 2004 through 2007.
- Service on the Priests of the Sacred Heart's General Council in Rome, from 1991 to 2003.
- Service on the provincial staff of the U.S. Province from 1986-1991.
- Service as superintendent of St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D., from 1977 to 1986.
The Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award is presented annually in honor of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The award recognizes an alumnus of Sacred Heart who has given distinguished service to the Church and humankind in professional or volunteer endeavors, in leadership in civic or social work, or in the promotion of intellectual or cultural pursuits.
A 1971 graduate of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Fr. Cassidy also holds a master’s degree in political science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and another master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago. In 1978, he earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
The award was presented in absentia at the seminary's annual Awards Dinner Oct. 7. Fr. Cassidy is currently volunteering at Cristu Dehon Nivas, the Priests of the Sacred Heart’s theological house of studies in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India. He greeted the Awards Dinner audience by recorded video, a screen capture of which appears above.