BRIEF BIOGRAPHY – Rev. Thomas J. Pipp, S.J.
Director of Ignatian Formation Programs
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rev. Thomas Pipp, S.J., graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. Afterward he served for two years as Jesuit volunteer in Newark, NJ, and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1981; he was ordained in 1992. For most of his Jesuit life (1985-1988; 1992-2009), Tom was missioned to St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he served in a variety of positions, including superior of the Jesuit community, vice-president for Jesuit Identity, director of campus ministry and acting president. From 2010-2017, he was director of novices for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN. Currently, he serves as director of Ignatian formation at John Carroll University. As a Jesuit, Tom obtained an MA in English from Northwestern University and two degrees in theology from the (former) Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
As Director of Ignatian Formation at John Carroll, Fr. Pipp will work mainly with faculty and staff, helping them to understand and appropriate our Ignatian heritage and Jesuit Mission. He will also work with alumni and students in various ways, and as part of the Jesuit Community, he will help meet the pastoral needs of our community.