Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted joined us on this broadcast.
Bishop Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb. in July 1973. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003.
Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Bishop Olmsted said that he was attracted to prayer and the priesthood at an early age. At 13 years of age he had appendicitis and that’s when he had a deep sense of Christ’s closeness and the initial call to the priesthood.
He discussed his service in the seminary and the four pillars of the priesthood.
His Excellency is the author of the apostolic exhortation, Into the Breach. He says it’s a call to spiritual battle; to a more virtuous living to be of greater service to others. Bishop Olmsted says to know “who we are as Christian men is vital to being a good priest.”