father thomas a. judge

Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua - 1970 - 1976

Father Judge Council is named in loving memory of Fr. Thomas A. Judge.  He was one of St. Anthony's most beloved pastors who was very well liked by everyone.


(portions of the text below is from St. Anthony's "Celebrating 50 years of Faith and Family")


The third Pastor of St. Anthony's, following the Founding Pastor Father McGee and

second Pastor Msgr. James Griffin, was Father Thomas A. Judge.  


He was especially liked by little children, who anxiously waited at Mass on Sundays to see what he had in his "little brown bag" to preach about in his Homily!


Fr. Judge brought back a parish newspaper entitled "All in the Parish".  The prime purpose of this paper was to foster a sense of community among the people of St. Anthony's.  The paper gave the parishioners reports on events in the Community; new stories and discussions of school programs; and feature stories of the people in the Parish.  The paper dealt with important topics of the Diocese at that time.


Fr. Judge supported parish Pro-Life advocates, who spent tireless hours crusading for the rights of the unborn.  It is why today St. Anthony has a vibrant Pro-Life ministry.  


A highlight of Fr. Judge's tenure was the "really big" St. Patrick's Day dance of 1972.  A green Volkswagen was the main prize in a parish-wide drawing.  The feeling of community was growing as more and more people were becoming active participants in St. Anthony's.


Fr. Judge had a great sense of humor which helped get him through a long but heroic battle with cancer, to which he succumbed in March of 1976.