Alumni Association of The Pontifical North American College

Msg. Thomas W. Powers named Rector of North American College

Saturday, June 11, 2022

ROME—The Congregation for Clergy in Rome has appointed the Reverend Msgr. Thomas W. Powers, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and currently vicar general of the diocese as the 24th rector of the Pontifical North American College effective July 1, 2022. The appointment of Msgr. Powers comes upon the completion of a six-year term of the current rector, the Very Reverend Peter Harman.

Monsignor Powers grew up in Newtown, Conn. He attended Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn., and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where he earned a degree in economics. After graduation, Msgr. Powers worked as a financial consultant with Andersen Consulting in New York and then, in 1991, spent one year performing volunteer work in Puerto Rico through the Center for Social Concerns of the University of Notre Dame.

He began formation for the priesthood at St. John Fisher Seminary in Conn. before entering the Pontifical North American College in 1993, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family. Ordained a priest on May 24, 1997, Msgr. Powers served in various assignments in his home diocese and then began service to the Holy See in the Congregation for Bishops in 2005. He served there for ten years, residing at the North American College, and assisting the formation of faculty as an adjunct spiritual director. He returned to the Diocese of Bridgeport in 2015, where most recently he served as vicar general and moderator of the curia, as well as pastor of St. John Parish in Darien, Conn.