Father Tom's page
"GATEWAY TO THE LAKE OF THE CHEROKEES"
Thursday, June 5, 1975
SILVER JUBILEE TO BE OBSERVED
The Reverand Thomas W. Parrott, Seneca, will be honored at a Silver
Jubilee celebration Sunday afternoon, June 8, at St. Mary's Church,
commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination to
the priesthood. Rev. Parrott is pastor of St. Mary's Church Seneca,
and Church of the Nativity, Noel. Both parishes are participating
in the courtesy in his honor.
A Mass of Thanksgiving at 4:00 p.m. will be followed by a dinner
in the parish hall. Over two hundred parishioners and friends
are expected to attend. Many of his friends and associates of
the past twenty-five years from several states have been invited
to share in the celebration.
Father Parrott entered the Novitiate at St. Mary's of the Barrens
in 1942 and was ordained June 4 , 1950, in the Church of the Assumption,
Perrysville Missouri, for work in the Congregation of the Missions
( Vincentian Fathers ) earning also at the time a B. A. degree
from St. Louis University. He sang his first Solemn Mass in St.
Bernard's Church, Bradford, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1950. His
first assignment was teaching English at St. Francis Seminary,
Bethany, Oklahoma, where he was also master discipline. In 1953
he obtained his M. A. degree from Catholic University of America,
Washington, D. C., majoring in Sociology and minoring in English.
Teaching assignments followed at DePaul University, Chicago, (1954-1966),
St. John's Seminary, Kansas City (1966-1968); St. Vincent's College,
Cape Girardeau (1968-1972). Father Parrott was assigned to the
Seneca and Noel parishes in January, 1973. His first interest
in the priesthood began in his early school days, and he became
an altar boy of his home church in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He
graduated from St. Bernard's High School there in 1940. During
his college days he was editor of the school paper and contributed
to Vincentian magazines. One of his feature articles written on
cancer was published in the National Catholic Digest. Father Parrott
was also interested in dramatics and took active part in school
plays. He resides in Seneca at St. Mary's Rectory with his mother,
Mrs. Katherine Ottoson, and his aunt, Mrs. Christine Arnold.
This is an earlier
picture of Father Tom, Mother Kathryn (left) & Aunt Chris
Rev. Father Thomas Welker Parrott: born Sept. 27, 1923 -Bristow
Creek Co., Oklahoma
, to Clarence Everett (Ted)
Parrott and Katherine Welker.
Mrs. Katherine ( WELKER) Ottoson: born Feb 16, 1903, Kane
Mrs. Christine ( WELKER ) Arnold: born Dec 10, 1900, Kane
Mr. Elmer Ottoson ( 2nd husband of Katherine: born Aug. 21, 1903,
Kushequa , Hamlin Twp.