Dcn. Thomas Kinnick, S.T.L.

Athletic Director; 7, 8, 9; & 11th Moral Theology; Youth Ministry

Deacon Kinnick graduated from St. Norbert College with a B.A. in Psychology and later earned a M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University and a S.T.L. from Mundelein Seminary-University of St. Mary of the Lake.  In 2007, he was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.  He has spent the last 35 years in education—working as teacher, administrator, campus minister, and coach.  He also has extensive experience working for the Catholic Church: as full-time permanent deacon, Director of Faith Formation, and spiritual director; as instructor of both the Lay Formation Institute and the Formation Program for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of La Crosse; as speaker/presenter conducting parish missions, delivering motivational and catechetical speeches for men’s and women’s conferences and youth, parish, and school events and diocesan staff, school, and clergy training as well as appearing as guest apologist for Relevant Radio and Spirit Radio; and as theological consultant for the USCCB, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the Dioceses of La Crosse and Madison.  In conjunction with the North American Lourdes Volunteers organization, Deacon Kinnick also has led 6 youth/adult service pilgrimages to Lourdes, France, a place he describes as the intersection of the Cross, the vertical with the horizontal—where we offer perfect glory, honor, and praise to God through our service of the disabled, the sick, and the dying of the world.

Deacon Kinnick moved to Ave Maria with his wife of 35 years, Yvette, and two younger children (who attend Donahue Academy) in the summer of 2017 to be close to his two older children (graduates of AMU) and grandchildren, fulfilling a promise he made to himself in 2010, after his initial visit to Ave Maria, to move his family to Florida and to be part of this community of Our Lady dedicated not only to the search for goodness and truth and beauty but also to developing young people of virtue eager to take part in JP II’s call for the New Evangelization.


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