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TOALE, Thomas (Rev.)

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TOALE, Thomas (Msgr.) (Independence, IA-). A graduate of St. John High School in Independence, Iowa, Msgr. Toale reeived a bachelor's degree in biology from LORAS COLLEGE, master's degree in systematic theology from St.Paul Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota and a Ph.D. in edcuational administration from the University of Iowa. (1)

Beginning in 1987 he served as the Superintendent of Schools for the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE. Msgr. Toale's experience in education began as a classroom teacher from 1975 to 1977 at St. Joseph School in Key West. Ordained a priest in May 1981, he returned to classroom teaching from 1981 to 1984 and held the principalship from 1984 to 1986 at Marquette High School in Bellevue. He accepted the position of Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese in 1986.

In 1988 and 1989 Msgr. Toale was an instructor during the summer session at CLARKE COLLEGE. During the same two years he was also a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa where in 1988 he received his Ph.D. in educational administration.

Msgr. Toale served as the moderator of the Curia from 1994-2002. In 2003 he was the recipient of the F. Sadlier Dinger Distinguished Catholic Education Award recognizing his contributions to Catholic education. (2) In 2004 Msgr. Toale, vicar of education for the archdiocese and superintendent of schools by appointment of Archbishop Jerome G. HANUS in 2002, chose a task force for creating a plan to restructure the Holy Family Catholic Schools. The plan was to be presented to the Holy Family Board of Education and then to the parishes for input from parish focus groups. The strategy was to be in place for the 2005-2006 school year. (3)

Msgr Toale served as the chairman of the events committee in 2012 for the 175th anniversary of the archdiocese. The year of celebration began on November 20, 2011 with a Mass at ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL with representation from all parishes, institutions and religious communities. The event would end on November 25, 2012 with a Mass in the newest church--St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hiawatha. Other events were planned through the year. (4)

In 2016 Msgr. Toale introduced an unorthodox approach to bringing people at distant location together. Employing the computer program Skype a means by which people can see each other while talking. In this way a retired nun who had served as a professor of theology at CLARKE COLLEGE could discuss conversion to Catholicism with a man living in Texas. The man in Texas had wanted to take the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult classes, but the courses had just been completed for the year. Through the computer discussions, the man was able to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation at the same time their son was being baptized. (5)

In 2019 Msgr. Toale was the pastor at ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL.



1. "Toale Receives National Award," Telegraph Herald, May 4, 2003, p. 1

2. Ibid.

3. Fuerste, Madelin, "Archdiocese Appoints Task Force," Telegraph Herald, October 12, 2004, p. 1

4. "Why Celebrate 175th Anniversary?" Telegraph Herald, April 8, 2012, p. 8

5. Jones, Tia Carol, "Like Father, Like Son," Telegraph Herald, August 20, 2016, p. 10