Father John-Mary Tompkins Named Vice Rector of Saint Vincent Seminary


Father John-Mary (John W.) Tompkins, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, has been named Vice Rector and Director of Field Education at Saint Vincent Seminary, as well as to the faculty.

Born in Troy, NY, he is the son of William J. and Joan (Bearor) Tompkins of Hermitage, TN.

Father John-Mary grew up in Willingboro, NJ, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1978. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and graduated from the academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree. He served as a Military Police Officer from 1982 until his entrance into the monastery in 1987, with assignments in Germany and northern Virginia.

Father John-Mary entered Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 1, 1987, and entered the novitiate on July 10, 1987. He made his first profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1988, before Archabbot Paul Maher, O.S.B., at the Archabbey Basilica. He professed his solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1991, before Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., at the Basilica.

Father John-Mary entered Saint Vincent Seminary in the fall of 1988. He earned a master of divinity degree in May 1992, and was ordained a deacon on July 18, 1992, before Bishop Anthony Bosco of Greensburg, at the Basilica. Father John-Mary earned a master of arts degree in systematic theology in May 1993, and was ordained a priest on May 29, 1993, before Bishop Anthony Bosco, at the Basilica.

During his monastic formation and seminary years, Father John-Mary served the monastic community as a sacristan and as a college dormitory prefect and moderator. He served his deacon internship at Saint Benedict the Moor Church in Pittsburgh (1992-1993).

Since his ordination as a priest, Father John-Mary has served as a parochial vicar in Saint Peter Parish in the North Side of Pittsburgh, in Saint Vincent Parish in Latrobe, and in Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Virginia, Beach, VA. He has served as pastor in Queen of the World Church in Saint Marys, PA. Since August 2006, he has served as the Catholic chaplain in Latrobe Area Hospital.

In 2009, Father John-Mary was appointed Director of Postulants in the Archabbey formation program. He also serves as the chaplain of the Saint Vincent College Women’s Auxiliary. Father John-Mary has led numerous retreats at Saint Vincent, and led the Encounter with Silence retreat at Saint Emma Monastery in Greensburg in July 2010. He also served as the chaplain to the City of Latrobe Police from 1998-2000, and has led two parish missions since his ordination.