Tom Enneking, OSC, has been a member of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers since 1976. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. During his childhood, his parents formed a family band with their six children. This background laid the foundation for Fr. Tom’s love of music and liturgy. He has developed his musical skills, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in music and psychology in 1980 and developing his skills as a liturgical music publisher. Fr. Tom has published a variety of liturgical and musical publications, especially those used by the Crosiers in their liturgical prayer.
Fr. Tom obtained his Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy in 1984 along with his Master of Divinity. He has served as Vocation Director and Post-Novitiate Formation Director. Fr. Tom served as Director of The Welcome Center, a multicultural ministry established by the Crosiers in collaboration with the parish of St. Odilia in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was assigned for a period to Brazil where he worked as Crosier novice director and post-novitiate formation director. This experience required that he learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese. He has been engaged in ministry with the Hispanic community in the US for over 20 years, gaining fluency in Spanish as well as familiarity with a variety of cultural patterns within the Latino community. He was elected prior provincial of the Crosiers in 2011 and led the efforts to establish Crosier Village, a new foundation for the Crosiers in the heart of South Phoenix. He was recently elected the national superior of the Crosiers in the US under the title of conventual prior. He is now the immediate superior of the 47 Crosiers who live in the two Crosier communities in the US, one in Onamia, Minnesota and the other in Phoenix.
Fr. Tom’s hobbies include playing piano, guitar, bass and flute, reading, gardening and yard work, walking and enjoying homemade Mexican food!