Rev. Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R .
St. Alphonsus Rectory
7025 Halifax Ave. North
Minneapolis, MN 55429-1394
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rev. Thomas Santa was professed as a Redemptorist in 1973 and ordained a priest in June of 1978. A graduate of Holy Redeemer College (Waterford, Wisconsin) and the State University of New York (Mount Saint Alphonsus). From 1999 through August, 2011 he was the Director of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona positioning the Center as an acknowledged leader in the ministry of spiritual renewal. Prior to coming to the RRC he was a theology teacher at St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Edgerton, Wisconsin (1979-1980), and at St. Henry’s Seminary, Belleville, Illinois (1980-1983); Associate Director/Director of Villa Christi Retreat Center, Wichita, Kansas (1983-1990), Founder/Director of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas (1990-1992); President/Publisher of Liguori Publications, Liguori, Missouri (1992-1999); Pastor/Rector at St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago (2011-2015). His present assignment (2015) is the Director of the New Evangelization Initiative, Redemptorists of the Denver Province currently residing in Minneapolis, MN at St. Alphonsus Parish.
Father Santa is a published author of numerous books including Sacred Refuge: How to Make A Retreat, Christian Contemplative Living: The Essential Connecting Points, Understanding Scrupulosity, Desert Graces, The Essential Bible Handbook, The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook, The Essential Lenten Handbook and Dear Padre: Questions Catholics Ask, among many others. He writes a monthly column for people who struggle with scrupulosity entitled “Scrupulous Anonymous,” which can be reviewed at www.scrupulousanonymous.org.