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Mr. Thomas J. Harvey

Deceased: 2023-09-26


Seminary Graduation Year: 1964

Thomas J. Harvey died on September 26. 2023. He was born on January 5, 1939 in Pittsburgh. Son of James R. Harvey Senior and Margaret E. (Gillen).

His education included: Bachelor, St. Charles Borromeo University, Philadelphia, 1960. STB, Gregorian University, Rome, 1962. Master of Arts, Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Gregorian University, Rome, 1964.  Master of Science, Columbia University, 1974.

Thomas J. Harvey has been listed as a noteworthy Priest, social service organization executive by Marquis Who’s Who.

He held many positions as a Catholic priest: Associate pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, 1964-1969; co-administrator, St. Stephens Parish, Pittsburgh, 1969-1972; chaplain, instructor, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, 1976-1979; pastor, St. Kilian Parish, Mars, Pennsylvania, 1979-1982; assistant director, Diocesan Department of Social and Comty. Development, 1974-1982; president, chief Executive officer, Catholic Charities United States of America, Alexandria, Virginia, 1982-1992; administrator, St. Joseph Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, Pittsburgh, since 1992. Past member dean’s advisory council Catholic U. National Catholic School of Social Svc.

His many accomplishments and memberships included: Treasurer Save our Security Coalition, Vice president National Assembly, Member advisory board Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Interfaith Caregivers Program, Catholic Health Association Task Force on Health Care of the Poor, Vice president for North America, Caritas International, Carnegie Corporation Task Force on Adolescent Development. National Research Advisory Council Boysville of Michigan.

Tom retired in 2015 from his position as the Director of Nonprofit Professional Development at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.  Over the course of his 40-year career, Tom has led local and national organizations committed to confronting the challenges of poverty, discrimination, access to health care and human services. In October 2003, the Council on Social Work Education chose Tom as one of the 50 pioneers within the field of Social Work during the past fifty years. From 1998 until 2005, Tom served as the Senior Vice President of the Alliance for Children & Families, an international association of 350 private, nonprofit child- and family-serving agencies that strengthen the lives of over 5 million disadvantaged families annually.

Earlier in his career, Tom served as the President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest networks of religiously affiliated social service organizations.

Over the course of his career, Tom has worked with countless boards of directors, observing both their best practices and persistent challenges. He collected these experiences in a book he co-authored in 2009, with John Tropman, PhD, of the University of Michigan: Nonprofit Governance.