LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA —Rev. Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., has been named Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint Vincent Seminary. He most recently directed the Opportunity SVC/Act 101 program at Saint Vincent College. He has been an academic advisor and tutor in the program, which was established at the college in 1975 under state legislation designed to assist economically disadvantaged students.
Fr. Thomas received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and both a master of arts degree and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He has also studied at St. Hyacinth College in Granby, Massachusetts, and at the University of Pittsburgh, in the philosophy program.
He entered the Saint Vincent Benedictine community in 1988 and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1989, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1993. Ordained a deacon on May 14, 1996 by Bishop Anthony Bosco at the Archabbey Basilica, he was ordained a priest the following year on May 31.
Fr. Thomas has served the monastic community as a sacristan, administrative secretary to the Archabbot, and as an assistant in the Archabbey Vocation Office and the Development Office. In addition, he has been vocation director and socius of novices and currently is director of the Benedictine Annual Appeal. For the college, he has been a part-time faculty member since 1993 and a former director of international studies. He was parochial vicar at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, from 1999 to 2000.
He is the son of Adam and Grace Sikora of Avonmore.