A Lighthearted Spirit on the Hilltop: An Interview with Fr. Terry Tompkins
by Michael Khong
If you happen to meet Fr. Terry, you would describe him as a funny man with a loving and caring spirit. He is also a source of encouragement for seminarians on the hilltop. For instance, Romple Emwalu, a seminarian from the Diocese of Honolulu, is very grateful to Fr. Terry: "He encouraged me when I was suffering a spiritual battle and helped me to recognize my shortcomings. He also seems to understand what I have been going through."
|Father Terry Tompkins|
Following his silver sacerdotal anniversary - twenty-five years of serving as a priest - Fr. Terry's diocese offered him some sabbatical time. During this time, he spent several months driving across the country and seeing how great the United States is. In August of 2007, he came to Mount Angel Seminary for studies and relaxation.
Fr. Terry said, "I had a wonderful time on the hilltop, and I was allowed to sit in on any courses that I wanted." While he was here, a few people started wondering if he would like to become a faculty member at Mount Angel Seminary. They asked him, "Have you ever considered becoming a formation director?" Fr. Terry had never thought about it before; however, he took it into consideration.