Who is Father Tom Forrest?
Father Forrest is a redemptorist priest who was ordained in New
York in 1954 by Cardinal Spellman. For the first 23 years of his
priesthood, he worked among the poor of the Caribbean. In 1978 he
was elected director of the International Office for the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal. He served in this capacity for six years, first
in Brussels and then in Rome.
Father Forrest has traveled to, and spoken in, 104 different countries
and his articles and books have been translated into a number of
languages. He has met and spoken with Pope John Paul II many times
and on numerous occasions has attended breakfast, lunch and supper
meetings with the Holy Father.
Father Forrest has organized two Worldwide Retreats for Priests,
one in 1984 and the other in 1990. At present, he is the International
Director of Evangelization 2000, a Catholic effort to promote Church
renewal through prayer, proclamation of the Word and the formation
of a more evangelistically activated people of God. He resides in
the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.