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Rev. Thomas A. Lawler, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2010.
He is the Pastor and Administrator of Bellarmine Parish, the Jesuit parish that is part of Xavier University.
He served as the provincial superior of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, directing the activities of Jesuits in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming from 2011 to 2017. A native of Milwaukee, he was ordained a priest in 1999.
Father Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas; a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute in Spokane, Wash.; a master of divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.; and a master of social work degree from Loyola University Chicago.
He trained in social work and counseling in Chicago, then served as assistant director of the Sioux Spiritual Center, a Jesuit retreat center and ministry training program for Native American Catholics in South Dakota. He also served as vocation director for the Wisconsin Province. Father Tom offers weekend retreats for adults and students on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.