I am just one of the many people whose life was positively impacted by Father Tom Hartman. When I was growing up on Long Island my family belonged to St. James Catholic Church. I think St. James was Father Tom's first parish. My family went through some exceedingly difficult times during that period, and Father Tom helped our family, when we were most in need of it. We stayed in touch with Father Tom and he always showed our family great kindness.
As many people know, Father Tom went on to create the "God Squad," with Rabbi Marc Gellman, reaching more people with a message of love and forgiveness. I am a big fan of the work they did together – it demonstrated that even though they are of different faiths they were able to respect and love one another. This is a powerful message and example, when often times it seems impossible for people of different faiths to get along.
I am proud to say that I know Father Tom and I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his kindness.