The 1998-99 school year welcomed the return, in retirement, of two Carmelites who graced the halls of Salpointe Cathlic High School in the late 50’s and early 60’s: Rev. Thomas (Aidan) Butler, O.Carm. and Br. Thomas (Herman) Conlon, O.Carm.
Collectively, the “Two Toms” have served with the Carmelites for over 120 years. They attend every Salpointe athletic event possible and are known to be Salpointe’s most loyal fans.
Fr. Tom Butler was a faculty member at Salpointe from 1956-1962. His duties included teaching religion and geometry, coaching track and cross country and moderating the Letterman’s Club. He, along with Carl Brunenkant, coached the cross country team to the school’s first League and Division championship in 1956. Fr. Tom was the athletic director when the gym was built and he was inducted into the Salpointe Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Fr. Tom has held positions at Mount Carmel High School Chicago, IL (twice), St. Cecilia High School, Englewood, NJ, Crespi Carmeilite High School, Encino, CA, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in North Hollywood, CA, St. Leo Parish, Pittsburg, PA, St. Albert Parish, Houston, TX, St. Bernadette Parish, Clear Lake, TX and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Louisville, KY.
Br. Tom Conlon served the Lancers from 1958-1966 in the Attendance Office as well as various other positions as assigned. Br. Tom moderated the Knights of the Altar, training students to serve the 7:45 am Mass every morning, the First Friday Mass and Salpointe’s annual May Crowning ceremony. Br. Tom led many student hiking expeditions and other outdoor activities, including ice skating parties! For the last ten years, Br. Tom has walked the perimeter of the campus every day. He can be seen collecting trash and sweeping sidewalks. Br. Tom, please know how much we appreciate your care of our school campus.
Br. Tom was assigned throughout the United States at Mount Carmel High School, Chicago, IL; Mount Carmel High School, Houston, TX, Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, CA, Junior Seminary, Hamilton, MA, Carmelite Shopping Center Chapel, Peabody, MA, St. Mary’s Parish, Joliet, IL, St. Joseph Parish, Leavenworth, KS and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Louisville, KY.