Staff Member: Fr. Tony Judge, C.Ss.R.
Fr. Tony Judge, C.Ss.R.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, second youngest of seven children. Two of my sisters are religious, members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Since I am from St. Louis, perhaps you can imagine that I am a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan. But I am also a rather enthusiastic fan of the football team from South Bend, IN, also known as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. I was professed as a Redemptorist in 1973 and ordained a priest in 1979. In September of 1980 I was sent as a missionary to Brazil, where I first met Fr. Joe Stenger, C.Ss.R. I lived and worked as a missionary for almost ten years in the Amazon valley. I have lots of stories about my adventures there and the many wonderful people I met. You will probably hear some of them in my homilies as time goes on. When I returned from the missions I spent the next ten years in Colorado, as an associate pastor and then pastor of an inner-city, largely Hispanic parish in Denver. I then spent two years preaching parish missions, mostly in the western United States, with an emphasis on both Multicultural and bilingual (English and Spanish) parishes. From 2001 until 2008 I was a member of the Redemptorist Hispanic Missionary Project in the Diocese of Dodge City, KS., which included parish mission preaching, lay leadership formation and parochial ministry. From September 1, 2008 until last month I was a member of the Redemptorist Mission Team living in Chicago. I am very glad to be here at St. Al’s and I truly look forward to joining you all on the journey of faith. Again, I ask each one to help me to at least get to know your names: whenever we meet (after or before Mass, or any other time) please tell me your name. I am a little slow, so please be patient with me.